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Favorite style magazines

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ambulance Chaser, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    With all the recent talk of GQ's downward slide, I was wondering whether it is the favorite style magazine of the forum's members, or has it been replaced by one of the "young turks."
     
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    The only ones I read are British GQ and occasionally Details. I don't think anyone looks at Maxim or FHM as "style" or even "fashion" magazines.
     
  3. NavyStyles

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    I have been one to bring up the topic of GQ's recent unimpressive changes.  However, I don't know enough about the others to pick one of them as my favorite.  I might have to pick up Details or FHM/Maxim (I don't see much of a difference between the latter two, and I don't think they're really style-related).  I've also been wanting to pick up a copy of Esquire.  A friend of mine recommended it to me recently, but I haven't had a chance to buy a copy.
     
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    I for one feel that GQ has gone down in quality in recent months. I can remember looking at the styles in GQ and wanting to emulate those styles but now I look at the magazine and laugh at what is considered stylish. Personally, Ashton Kutcher and the likes of Johnny Knoxville are not what I think "GQ" to be. Perhaps the magazine is aimed at a younger market than it was once and perhaps, being a conservative dresser, I am no longer the dempgraphic that the magazine is aimed at. British GQ however is great.
     
  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I actually like the new GQ more than the old GQ, although I feel that they are not going to be able to compete with their younger stablemate, Details. A lot of the GQ fashion features are just tired (although I loved the shoot with Dre 3000 from September(?) 2003). I like Details a *lot* more.

    I also read Arena, The Face, British Esquire and British GQ, which veer clear of the Ashton Kucher cliches, but have fresh styles and are not always going on and on about Fred Astaire.
     
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    I buy GQ each month, but that's just a compulsive habit. I really wish I could find a magazine with more clothing and prices. That's all I want..
     
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    I personally like Vogue L'Uomo, and Vogue Homme. Also Arena Homme Plus.
     
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    I subscribe to GQ, Esquire, Details, and Razor. GQ and Esquire are probably the best for fashion, all are good sometimes and suck sometimes. None are consistently great.
     
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    I used to be a GQ fan, but no longer. Perhaps it is my advancing age, but now I look for magazines that show more clothes and provide more details about them.
     
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    High_Roller Senior member

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    And have you found one like that?
     
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    For the past few months GQ has actually been getting much better than I was a year ago. I've begun reading it regularly again.

    I like FHM Collections the best for clothing info, cause it features the most amount of clothing, plus prices.

    Recently I've been reading BlackBook as well.
     
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    I really dig that double-breasted linen suit Kutcher's wearing.

    GQ ran a little section on how to properly fit a suit, in the issue with Uma Thurman on the cover. Good stuff.

    Both GQ and Esquire are repeating the basic guidelines of style, it seems. Esquire seems to be pushing brown suits again with its latest issue.
     
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    I used to really be into GQ, and some of the stuff they have is still ok, but I haven't really been into what they've become. A few months ago they ran a piece on how to effectively wear sneakers with a suit. I'll pass on that-- too many bad flashbacks to the eighties (I remember an episode of "Full House" where Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier all had suits with sneakers on. And Stamos's was one of those eighties, thick shoulder pad, double-breasted power suits.). Last month there was a piece on making black tie less formal for the holidays. Isn't there one bastion of style that should be left alone, without tampering with it? Then there are the articles about Johnny Knoxville, Kutcher, etc. Not the crowd I want to be a part of.

    I've liked Esquire a lot. Good, if sometimes minimal fashion coverage. I especially like the articles though. "What I've Learned" is always pretty good, and you get a better feeling about who these people actually are. Also, related to the fashion end, there are the articles that show how a piece of clothing is made, what to look for, quality-wise, in that piece, and different variations. Very interesting.
     
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    Collezione Uomo, hands down.

    Esquire is probably the best American men's "fashion" magazine, though the coverage is limited as somebody pointed out. The british versions of GQ and Esquire are rather good, and probably better than their American counterparts. I really don't like L'Uomo Vogue. I find it not elegant at all, but I assume it catters to a different audience, the fashionistas.

    Yours,
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    Yeah, those were two GQ articles that gave me seizures. Anyone wearing a dinner jacket with a pair of jeans will look like a tool.
     
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    Vogue L'Uomo has some features of which are quite elegant. There was one featuring travel accesories, and shoes. But yes, most of the things pertain to the fashionistas. I.e. Gucci, Dior Homme, Westwood, and many odder brands.
     
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    Yeah, after the new editor came in, I was a little worried. But disn't want to make a decision until he had a chance to run a few months' worth of issues. After that sneaker-suit piece, I lost a lot of respect. I can only hope that it ends up in a "GQ Regrets" article of the future.
     
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    GQ is a 'fashion' magazine rather than a guide for proper business attire. I would be certainly less interested if they featured clothes from Oxxford instead of trendy styles and pieces from fashion houses.
     
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    i too think that the current gq is getting better
    british gq and british esquire are much better than the american counterparts; even german gq is decent; american esquire is in pretty sad shape in my opinion

    i think the biannual issues are better overall with fashion:
    arena homme plus
    loaded fashion
    v man
    vogue hommes int'l mode
    uk fhm fashion
    uk maxim fashion
    (the american versions of fhm fashion and maxim fashion are not as good as the uk versions)
     
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    My vote was for other, and in my opinion it's a tie between Men's Health and Vanity Fair.

    Men's Health runs a couple of very good style issues each year and Vanity Fair has practically the same advertisements as GQ, which allows me to keep up with what the designers are touting, but also includes, IMHO, much better content.

    Bradford
     

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