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Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Guys don't wear wolf pelts anymore, but not much else has changed in the world of men's clothes: the right suit, or tie, or shirt, or shoes still projects mystery, erotic potential, and power. And to negotiate these hurdles with style and confidence, Men's Style is indispensable---a valuable source of practical advice for how to dress in a world of conflicting fashion impe ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published September 20th 2005)
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Jul 15, 2016 John rated it really liked it
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Russell Smith’s Men’s Style is interesting, useful and entertaining, with a few unimportant reservations. I doubt many will need advice on proper dress to black tie events, much less white tie. But anyone might benefit from Smith’s direction on technical fundamentals and good taste.

The book contains all sorts of basic information on clothes, their parts and styles—Oxfords and brogues/wingtips, vamps (the part of a shoe that covers the top front of your foot), the distinction between single- and
Nov 04, 2014 Manuel rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. I couldn't put it down. For someone who has gone against the trend of informality, this book felt to me like a much-needed manifesto for a return to elegance and good taste. Society is seriously in need of reconsidering 'street fashion'. I never understood why anyone would like to be seen in ragged clothes, unkempt facial hair and bling. Why not project being smart, sensible and… yes, even power! Smith covers almost every piece of clothing that a 'grown-up' man would ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Fraser rated it liked it
Somewhat reckless on the subject of clogs, but a much-needed smack on the head for men who don't care enough about what they look like. The world belongs to the men who dress the best.
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Feb 25, 2015 chris tierney rated it liked it
Shelves: library, nonfiction
Informative and opinionated. There's a lot of good, detailed advice here, along with some interesting historical notes. Smith generally acknowledges the places where he's expressing his own bias rather than convention.

The tone could be either entertaining or obnoxious, depending on the reader. For me, about half the jokes worked. An example from the offensive end: "...artistically shaved beards or sideburns have meant jazz musicians, Latinos, or other subversives." Really? Latinos are all subver
Apr 07, 2016 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a, canadian, non-fiction
Smith's perspective is from a very privileged position and smacks of elitism. That said the information is sound, if filled with the author's self-aware opinions.
While pompous the author does include some humor. I have to admit my appreciation for Smith's Canadian perspective as well.
Aug 28, 2016 Jordan rated it liked it
Good book to skill up on etiquette when it comes to dressing up. You gain some necessary knowledge which will help to shape some decisions around choice of suit, shirt, tie, etc.
Sourabh Dhingra
Jul 15, 2014 Sourabh Dhingra rated it liked it
This book is a great read but the content on hair and scent could have been better. Even though It is highly informative when it comes to Suits and shoes.
Sep 22, 2014 dom rated it really liked it
nice and short, covers just about everything. great primer.
Jeremy Allan
Sep 28, 2009 Jeremy Allan rated it really liked it
Sassy. The art budget could have been a bit higher; it could use some nice photography to accompany the sass. Still, highly entertaining, even if you have to take some of the guidelines with a grain of salt.
Nov 13, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Smith is a witty, knowledgeable author whose writing is exceptionally beautiful. This book is a unique mix of history, culture, personal advice and idiosyncrasy. I loved it.
Dec 27, 2009 Youngki.bear rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to
A well-written introduction to the details that the fashionable man should pay attention to, regardless of his budgetary limitations.
Nic Hartmann
Sep 01, 2012 Nic Hartmann rated it really liked it
Some of it is definitely his personal opinion, but it's pretty solid in most places and gives you something to think about...
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Russell Claude Smith is a Canadian writer and newspaper columnist. Smith's novels and short stories are mostly set in Toronto, where he lives.

Smith grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He attended the Halifax Grammar School and Queen Elizabeth High School, and studied French literature at Queen's University, the University of Poitiers, and the University of Paris III. He has an MA in French from Queen
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