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History of Men's Fashion: What the Well Dressed Man is Wearing [Hardcover]

Nicholas Storey
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23 Oct 2008
Everything you ever wanted to know about men's clothing - and so much more - from the exact hour Nelson lost his right eye to the type of palm needed for a Panama hat, what Cary Grant's tailor had to do to his shoulders - and those all-important questions of what to where, when and why, including when to wear a bow tie (surely 'never' is the only answer?). A quirky book full of facts that you never realised you needed to know, including the exact thickness of animal hair used to create must-have fashion items, including suits. Provocative, and controversial at times - but always very well dressed.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Remember When (23 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844680371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844680375
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Storey is a Cornishman and a law graduate of University College London. He had a career in the law in London; in legal publishing and then both in the Government Legal Service and in private practice before he moved to Brazil in 2006 to live and write. Besides technical works, he is the author of the well-received 'History of Men's Fashion - What the Well Dressed Man is Wearing' (Pen & Sword Books Ltd, available through all the usual UK outlets, including: amazon.co.uk and, for sales overseas, it is available on all the amazon sites, listed at the end of www.amazon.com). Nicholas Storey is also the author (again through Pen & Sword Books) of two complementary miscellanies on: men's grooming, accessories and pleasures ('History of Men's Accessories - A Short Guide For Men About Town'), and on the sporting life: 'History of Men's Etiquette: A Short Guide to The Sporting Life'. His fourth book is 'Great British Adventurers' He runs the amusing and informative blog: www.thenakedapegetsdressed.blogspot.com He has just started publishing, through Trethosa Parc Publishing, a series of concise biographies, called the Great Lives in Brief Series, starting with 'The Original People's Princess of Wales' (HLRH Princess Charlotte Augusta). The next subject will be actor-manager Jack Buchanan.

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Anyone aiming for timeless elegance, rather than temporary chic, will benefit from Storey's authoritative, but readable book. -- Esquire magazine

His depth of knowledge in his subject is a delight. It's all here. Hats off. -- Country Life

Leaders of fashion share a discerning penchant for the English sartorial standard. This book covers the main areas rather well. -- Maxim magazine


Leaders of fashion share a discerning penchant for the English sartorial standard. This book covers the main areas rather well.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a History but a Guide 2 Jan 2010
The title of this book is misleading, rather than being a history of men's fashion, this is a guide of what to wear and where to get it for the man interested in classic styling. Unfortunately it is not well written, the author often muddles through sentences in his opinionated, conversational style.

If you are looking for a guide of how to dress classically in modern times, this is a up to date (2008) guide, if like me you are looking for a history of men's fashion through the ages this is not the book for you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It is easy to get pleasantly lost in this book. Using the device of an entertaining and anecdote-filled ramble through two or three hundred years of the development of sartorial elegance, the author sets out, with precise wit and clearly researched erudition, the specifics of today's appropriate gentlemanly attire. Not everyone will share his enthusiasm for trouser buttons, spats and collar studs, but there is something for most people here; even if only as an inspiration for dumping branded trainers and for discarding 't'-shirts with messages that might have been mildly amusing for 15 seconds when you bought them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully informative and entertaining! 5 Jan 2010
If you want to know about 'what the well dressed man is wearing' or, indeed, what he ought to be wearing then go no further than this book where there is plenty of advice for those who wish (and have the funds!) to have their clothes tailor made. Various establishments are listed and recommended where such services might be obtained. The book is littered with memorable quotes and anecdotes well worthy of mention around the dinner table to the delight of all. Mr. Storey's advice on how to remove lipstick from the shirt collar is priceless and he leaves one with the impression that he just might have had cause to use the remedy himself on (more than?)one occasion!

This book is a real gem and I, for one, wholeheartedly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 11 Mar 2013
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Good read with lots of good tidbits and info about men's fashion through in the 20th century, unfortunately some of the information is of no use unless you live in the UK which i do not!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Hoped It Would Be 3 Mar 2011
By Nikwak
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I agree with the reviewer Harry Argyll. I bought this book because I am very interested in costume and the history of clothes through the years but this turned out to be a little bit informative as in: What to wear, when and why but then it seemed to turn into an advertising book for gent's outfitters, etc in London and other parts of the country. There are better books for those interested in the history of clothing. There were times when I was simply flicking past pages as I had no desire to purchase these clothes - only to know about their history.
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