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Definitive "Books on Menswear" Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by unbelragazzo, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    You may be right about the concept being more manageable if limited to the printed page. As AeroCarl has pointed out, BTG may appear in book form sometime in the future, so there is (possible) reason for hope from its devotees for its inclusion here.

    I read Dress for Success, in the words of a professor of mine, "in a different dispensation," i.e., years ago, in college. As I remember, it advised which color and pattern combinations in suits, shirts, and ties were most appropriate to achieve specific effects. IIRC, it was mainly high-end business related. However, it may be an interesting study whether any advice in it is still considered relevant for the same professions today.
     
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  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I was wondering - how much of this is good technical knowledge and how much is just an ad for Vass shoes? I wanted to keep those kinds of books off the list.
     


  3. Oli2012

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    If you guys could only buy one of the introductionary books which would it be?
     


  4. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    For me, Dressing the Man. Manton's book a close second.
     


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    Gentleman's Guide for me.
     
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  6. AeroCarl

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    The Suit is my #1 pick. By the way, why is the author referred to as "Manton" on this list? Is that his real name or something?
     
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  7. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    After re-reading the beginning of this thread a moment ago, I saw Dress for Success at the end of the list of Introductory Textbooks. I missed seeing that the first time.
     


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    It's the name he uses here.
     


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    I didn't see it during my quick review of the list (apologies if I missed it), but I'd add How to Be a Man, by Glenn O'Brien. Good advice, often hilariously presented.
     


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    Understood; think this one is more the former. I don't believe there are many, if at all, references to Vass in there.
     


  11. Frankie22

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    Just finished le snob. A nice easy read.
     


  12. dieworkwear

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    Curious, are you keeping such books out because of their self-promotional/ commercial nature? I actually find vanity books to be sometimes the most interesting. Nick Foulkes' essays in Rubinacci's book, for example, are rare and delightful readings on the subject of Neapolitan tailoring.

    Incidentally, James Sherwood is coming out with a new book, titled The Perfect Gentleman. Might be worth including.
     
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  13. AeroCarl

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    That book wasn't what I expected. I thought it was going to be a primer on classic men's style combined with a refined and realistic take on modern etiquette. Maybe some girl advice thrown in here and there. I bought it almost right when it came out so it's been a while since I've read it, but as I recall O'Brien seemed to dance around his points and really only took an active voice on a few subjects. It ended up being less of a "how-to" and more of a "Glenn O'Brien's musings on masculinity in the 21st century." Not that this is a bad thing - it was still an interesting and entertaining read - but does it belong on the list? If it does, I'd file it under the "Weekend Reading" section.

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    Now I know :).
     


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    Subscribed! Excellent thread and thank you.
     


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    Gut instinct I'm going with The Suit - safe bet?
     


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