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Details Men's Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  356 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
At last?a sophisticated wardrobe guide for men from a respected authority, Details magazine, offering head-to-toe advice for choosing the right look, the right fit, and the right style for every situation, from boardroom pitches to casual Saturday nights.

Each month, Details magazine keeps hundreds of thousands of men up-to-date on the most current trends and tips for loo
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Avery
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Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book covers the basics of men's clothing, giving specific style pointers and visual guides for pairing and matching items into a cohesive look, along with advice for judging proper fit.

It's accessible, with plenty of pictures. It provides plenty of information on different classes of an article of clothing, such as different styles of casual shirts, but it's also not comprehensive. For instance, the chapter on dress shirts didn't really delve into the difference between a casual shirt with
Daniel Morgan
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
The casual outfits were ugly, and the fancy outfits were too fancy (expensive) to be useful to me. If I had a few extra grand and were less outdoorsy, then this might actually be a valuable guide.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The styles included are primarily so classic that I was surprised when a card fell out for a subscription to Details magazine, expiring in 2004. I guess unlike women's fashion, men's fashion doesn't alter as much (or at least, not as fast).

I could see my dad wearing a lot of the clothes pictured, and in fact he does own many of the recommended items (in his own color choices and brands, of course). That being sad, (a) my dad has money, (b) my dad is an attorney and needs to dress the part, (c)
Oct 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Style fools
Essentially a book which will save you from having to ever buy a Details magazine ever again. IF of course you ever bought them in first place. The book contains any advice you will ever receive, or need, on how to dress and how not to dress, wrapped up in quick to read, well illustrated (photographed actually) chapters, with sophisticated looking models practicing their best 'staring off into the distance' or 'concentrating real hard on something' looks.

The core value of this collection of fact
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Accessible and easy-to-use reference on men's clothing. Where the book excels is how jeans, slacks, shirts, sportcoats, suits, etc. should fit, with attention given to hemlines, sleeves, necks, torsos, etc., and if you should resort to a tailor. If all you're going to wear are jeans and tee-shirts, they might as well fit right, and they might as well look good.

Also useful is which clothes a man should wear...if you move in the same social circles as author Daniel Peres. Which I don't. I don't kn
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this book three stars because of some of the stupid snark and bits of advice that only skimmed the surface, but I have to admit I learned a bit and mostly got what I was looking for. Two page spreads of lists dot this book, and they are worthless. Rules of Style sections featuring advice from fashion heavyweights are entertaining and contradictory -- which I thought was a nice touch, actually. For all the rules of style, fashion is still largely a matter of personal taste. One o ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just found this book to be excellent and very helpful. It presents different types of clothes ( jacket, tie, shoes,pants,shirts, etc) and gives examples, when each might be more appropriate, and how to combine them with other things to make good outfits. it's not a very in-depth book, though. there's not as much as i would like on why somethings good vs something else doesn't. there's also not a lot on dressing different body types or how to disguise somethings while drawing the eye to others. ...more
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Got this to try to elucidate my honey that being cool can also mean looking cool--that there's no shame in knowing how to dress nicely for all occasions. Pretty cool the way it allows for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced approaches to the same clothing item; i.e. if you're just starting out wearing ties, stick to some tried-and-true basics about which patterns cover the most occasions, etc. If you're advanced, you're welcomed to try some dashing leaps out of the box.

Easy to grasp. Funny intr
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-gifts
My husband recently read this book and found it entertaining and insightful. The tone is fun and a bit sarcastic, definitely written for a male audience. The book gives the classic dos and don'ts with lots of pictures, as well as what men should have as the basics in their wardrobe. So if you are looking for something fun and informative for your husband, or favorite nephew, uncle, cousin, etc., this book will not disappoint.
Austin Martin
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a very good book. It had a lot of very good tips and some great ideas on how to dress. I saw a few things in the book that I actually liked and wanted even though I already have plenty of everything: shirts, shoes, pants, jeans, and socks. I would like to look through this book again if I get the chance.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
A simple and colorful guide to fashion and style basics. The book is nicely broken up into short specific chapters such as 'shoes' or 'shirts.' There are plenty of glossy, full color photos that makes this easy to read through and my only gripe is the original publication date makes this just a tad bit dated.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Good book about how to dress well whether it be for work / at home / or in casual environments. Discusses everything from socks to shirts to ties etc. and is a great read for anyone thinking about their wardrobe. Also good to read through as you think about different styles of clothes you want to pull off and is a book that I would reference every year or so to refresh your wardrobe
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has taught me so much about men's fashion. I feel like a new man. As a child, I didn't have a strong male role model to teach me how a gentleman should dress. After reading this book, I feel confident about going to buy clothes.
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it
It's pretty decent if you have questions about anything more than casual wear. Most of the clothes however are not exactly my style, and weren't all that helpful (to me anyways) on working to develop a new style, or at least one that doesn't age me 10 years or looking insufferably preppy.
Julian Pecenco
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
A nice overview of men's clothing and building a wardrobe, and the full color photos are great, but due to all the photos, there's not a whole lot of content. A good supplement to other books and websites, but a bit thin content-wise to stand on it's own.
Rashidul K
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Slightly outdated (as for year 2013) but the basics are there (lots n lots) . Would love to read about the latest trends in the future. As for this edition, it is still something that every man should know read.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the most comprehensive, modern, and sensible guide to style I've read. Highly recommended.
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sartorialists
I loved this book. So what if it's mostly pictures.

Very helpful, useful advice. Any guy that wants to dress himself well should read this.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-development
There are some decent pointers amidst the overly strict nature of the curt advice told in this book. The author comes off as a bit of a prick, which makes for an unpleasant read.
Matthew Berkshire
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some helpful things, but extremely basic in all regards.
F. John
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I skimmed this work. It's a reference work concerning men's fashion. It has good pictures. And it explains some style principles. I think it will be helpful in building a wardrobe.
Hiatt Zhao
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A pretty good guide on men's clothing.
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great resource for guys on what to wear in any situation.
Hussain Al-essa
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book has made my wardrobe more exciting! And it did made me look good with it.
Drew Stiling
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great advice! A must keep in the library for every man ... and every woman interested in dressing their man well!
Andre Garrigo
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book taught me how to dress well. Best book on men's fashion IMHO
Daniel Oon Yong Lin
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great read
Ivan Natividad
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Its an OK book to improve your style but most wardrobe that recommends by this book are very expensive but it does give you a good idea on what style is best for certain situations.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
A man's gotta know things.....this does it!
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fashion, non-fiction
Brought home to look at with D. Seems like men's wardrobe is easier - fewer pieces for starters.
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