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Dress Casually for Success...for Men: The Art of Dressing Down in Today's Workplace [Paperback]

Mark Weber , The Van Heusen Creative Design Group
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1 Oct 1996
With more and more companies encouraging casual dress and the wearing of non-suit apparel becoming more common, an increasing number of men are looking for advice on how to strike the right balance. This guide offers practical advice on dressing down with authority, style and comfort - and still dressing to impress. It advises on the intricacies of fabrics, patterns, acessories and colours, and includes sample photographs, easy-to-use charts and quick fashion dos and don'ts.


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  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (1 Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070016224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070016224
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,804,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amid all this confusion comes Dress Casual for Success. . .For Men (McGraw-Hill, $16.95), which makes sense of this thing called casual workplace dressing.'' A ton of books and videos purport to solve the problem facing millions of fashion-impaired chaps who stand before their closets each morning crying, Oh, dear, what am I supposed to wear?'' First, Dress Casual acknowledges that it's OK not to embrace a casual style at work. For those who want to look casual and professional, however, here is a dandy primer for figuring out how to strike the balance without breaking the bank. The book contains plenty of what you-need-in-your-wardrobe lists, too: top 10 lists for a dress-down casual business look, '' a more formal business casual look, '' a more dress-up business casual look.'' Dress Casual for Success is a valuable read. Buy it, read it, live it.'' -- Hood, Marshall "Columbus Dispatch" (10/15/1996)

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On Dress-down days, are you confused about how casually to dress? Want to feel comfortable and look great every day! Am a projecting the image I want? Suite or Jacket?; Jacket or Sweater?; Tie or Turtleneck?; Slacks, Jeans, Khakis, or Corduroys?; Loafers or Lugsoles?; Earring or not?' Your clothes convey your image. Look right and you'll be successful. Achieving the casual look you want is a matter of knowing yourself and following a few guidelines. Let Dress Casually for Success. . .for Men help you make the fashion decisions that tell the world exactly who you are. Instructive and entertaining, this guide shows today's businessman how to dress down without sacrificing authority and style. With expert advice from the Van Heusen Creative Design Group, the leader in corporate casual sportwear, it guides you from head to toe in projecting the image you want. Along with ideas and tips for developing your own "business casual" style, you'll enjoy pages of photos, easy-to-use charts, and quick references for Fashion Do's and Don'ts.

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2.3 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whose idea was this? 2 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have seldom been so disappointed in a book. Why? Several "no-brainer" aspects of the book gone bad. I was looking for a book with lots of basic information re: men's casual clothes/how to judge quality, rules of thumb for care and building a wardrobe, etc. It just wasn't there. I know enough to know I don't know much about clothes and fashion, but in the entire book there was maybe one or two things that were news to me. The rest was obvious stuff. And the no-brainers? How about an entire chapter on all the different kinds of fabrics and their characteristics and no pictures of any of them? Duh! Overall the book feels like it was written over a three-day weekend. Buy something else instead of this dog.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A book that definitely needs improvement 28 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
While this book does a good job telling you ABOUT clothes, fabrics, care, it does next to nothing when it comes to suggestions on starting a person's wardrobe, a dress scheme or plan, etc. Sure, they dedicate a chapter to those subjects, but they just end up rambling about concepts rather than some concrete suggestions. This book is kind of a dissapointment and not worth a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars opened my eyes to MANY new kinds of ways 8 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A big question on the minds of many is, "How can I look my best without overdoing it?" This book provides many ideas where one can get started.
Some people tend to equate the word "casual" with "Anything Goes." That's only one level of definition. As this book demonstrates, you have a big array of possibilities, from dressy casual to more relaxed, informal casual. Beyond the text description, pictures also show you what suggested combinations look like together. Other helpful pictures show you where one may go to either extreme, either too formal or too outgoing, unbeknowingly. Most importantly, I like how this book shows how you can appear tastefully without always having to wear a tie, esp. because a tie is a "no-no" in some places of work nowadays.
The book also explains how society in general is becoming more casual and how that gets reflected in many things we engage with, such as our clothes.
If any improvement could be made to this book, it would be that the photographs appear in color.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not enough information to make it worth it 13 April 2002
By Justus Pendleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Luckily this book can be read in a sitting...big text and few pages. Too bad there isn't enough information to make it worth sitting long enough to read. This book commits the single biggest mistake that any fashion book can commit: it doesn't have pictures (especially color pictures) of the things it is talking about. Wonder what worsted wool gabardine is? I sure do! They give a definition but no picture is present for me to understand how this is different from some other kind of lightweight wool.
The book does a few guidelines about kinds of clothing to consider wearing and ways to care for them. However, we're talking about a few dozen pages of information. That's the kind of thing I would expect to find on a webpage for free.
The biggest problem is they don't offer a lot of guidelines and never seem to tell you what things you absolutely shouldn't do. So what you're left with is a few ideas but not really enough to build a wardrobe on. You'd do just as well browsing through a few GQ magazines while waiting in line at the supermarket and then heading to a nice clothing store to figure out what worsted wool gabardine is on your own.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book that definitely needs improvement 28 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While this book does a good job telling you ABOUT clothes, fabrics, care, it does next to nothing when it comes to suggestions on starting a person's wardrobe, a dress scheme or plan, etc. Sure, they dedicate a chapter to those subjects, but they just end up rambling about concepts rather than some concrete suggestions. This book is kind of a dissapointment and not worth a purchase.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent job on an obscure subject. 10 Sep 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The first third or half of the book is a waste of time. But the rest makes it worth buying.
Most books only give a passing explanation on casual friday. This one analyzes it to death. They give names for four different types of casual dress, and give guides and even wardrobe lists for each of those styles. It definitely helped me figure out what image I want to present.
My criticism is that like many magazines, movie reviews, entertainment shows, etc, it hates to say "don't." There are too many "you could try this" or "some would prefer that" type answers, and it doesn't really tell about the gaffes people might commit. Also, more and colored photos would help, but most any book on the subject would likely have that same flaw.
I don't believe there to be a better resource on business casual dress, and to the Van Heusen group's credit they don't plug their stores much at all (aside from a few Bass Weejun mentions). Buy it, tear out the first 3-4 chapters, and be happy.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whose idea was this? 2 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have seldom been so disappointed in a book. Why? Several "no-brainer" aspects of the book gone bad. I was looking for a book with lots of basic information re: men's casual clothes/how to judge quality, rules of thumb for care and building a wardrobe, etc. It just wasn't there. I know enough to know I don't know much about clothes and fashion, but in the entire book there was maybe one or two things that were news to me. The rest was obvious stuff. And the no-brainers? How about an entire chapter on all the different kinds of fabrics and their characteristics and no pictures of any of them? Duh! Overall the book feels like it was written over a three-day weekend. Buy something else instead of this dog.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good solid book 23 Mar 2001
By MISTER SJEM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a good book for people who want to dress better at casual work places or, in my case, men who are looking to improve their style.
That's one of the problems: not a lot of good style books out there for men. This one does a pretty good job, showing illustrations to help you along and giving some key points.
Definitely worth a look. Also, even better, check out Carole Jackson's COLOR FOR MEN. I wrote a review over there, too.
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