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I'm looking to pick up a book on men's fashion. I was thinking about picking up Alan Flusser's Dressing the Man. I'm looking for a book that will give me pointers on general fashion, and inspire my style.

Any other books worth checking out?
 

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G. Bruce Boyer's stuff is well worth a read, but go for "Elegance" and the like over his more recent picture books, unless you're just interested in the illustrations.

My favorite clothing book is Roetzel's "Gentleman." But it's less a how-to manual than a lifestyle catalog, with an overview of the Row, etc. Terrific fun.

https://www.amazon.com/Gentleman-Timeless-Fashion-Bernhard-Roetzel/dp/3829020295
 

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I'm looking to pick up a book on men's fashion. I was thinking about picking up Alan Flusser's Dressing the Man. I'm looking for a book that will give me pointers on general fashion, and inspire my style.

Any other books worth checking out?
Though out of print and perhaps 25 years old, I prefer Flusser's Making The Man if you can find a used copy. This may have been his first book on the topic, and others I've bought of his were essentially derivative. Of course, recommendations for specific stores, etc., often no longer pertain, but the rest is his best.
 

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In addition to those pictured below on my old joanna, I would agree with Roetzel - it's a top book, almost a manual -, and would also recommend The English Dandy by Alice Cicolini, The Savile Row Story - Richard Walker, The Way We Wore - Robert Elms and Soul Stylists - Paolo Hewitt.

These certainly cover a vast cross-section and will certainly not appeal to all....(particularly Casuals, but its part of my past - and present - and I can't deny its place on my particular top table)

 

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+1 on Boyer's "Elegance." It was the first real clothing I read and it got me interested in the details of quality menswear. Of Flusser's books, I like "Clothes and the Man" the best. "Dressing the Man" is a nice historical overview but is not quite as "how to" as C&tM.
 

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Another poster asked about 'The Suit' ....

'The Suit' is an excellent book for learning about the various cuts; ie, American, English, Italian, the drape. However, it should not be the first book you get. Without reading others, such as the ones by Flusser, you will be somewhat lost reading 'The Suit'. Buy it for future reference after reading a few others.

'The Suit' is important from the various posts I see where the poster wants to know which suit is best or which suit should I buy. Often suits of entirely different cuts are presented, and they are so different they can't be compared. For example, comparing a high-end Hickey Freeman with a Paul Stuart suit is an exercise in futility since the cuts are so different. Asking for this comparison demonstrrates the poster's inexperience.
 

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Thanks Andy- I just purchased your CD. Looking forward to receiving it.

On another note.. After some of the great suggestions in this thread, I made my way to the local Barnes & Noble, and was extremely disappointed in their men's fashion selection. Maybe 2 books on the topic. They didn't even have "Dressing the Man" in stock, which I would think is a pretty common book for such a large store.
 

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I'm not at all surprised that B&N would lack such a book. While women's fashion has had volumes upon volumes of books and magazines dedicated to it, men's fashion of late has included two steps:
1) Find what's comfortable (i.e. baggy and horrendously cut).
2) Dress casual and comfortable at all times, unless it's not possible, in which case, you should subscribe to whatever God-awful ideas a rental store salesperson recommends.

Unlike the denizens of this forum, I fear not too many men are trying to interject class and sartorial elegance into their lives.
 
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