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Dressing the Man - For the British reader
on 14 May 2006
The author knows his stuff. It's a good book and very detailed.
However, I found it heavy going, very much like reading a Haines car manual! Not a great deal of pictures, of which a majority are very old black & white shots of years gone by. I also found the wordage difficult to get along with.
It is very American and aimed at the US market. I found myself wondering if what I was reading relevant to me as a man in the UK. The 'how you should dress for work' section was so very 'American man goes to work'. Smart suits aside, nobody in England would dress for work in the ways described. It goes on about Ivy League cues etc. In essence it was classic style as we know it today came out of the US.
In summary I would compare it to 'Gentlemen - A timeless fashion', which I also have. Dressing the man has more historical detail, is hard going and aimed at the US reader/dresser. Gentlemen - A timeless fashion is better for how do I dress myself in a classic English way and why, with tons more pictures which help with a shopping list in your mind, it is also serves a handy easy reference. In my opinion Dressing the man does not offer good value for money compared to the other titles on the market; However that said the author knows his stuff but gets bogged down with history and nitty gritty and never really gets around to the hear and now.