This book covers the whole contents of a gentleman's wardrobe, not just suits. Whilst principally aimed at an American audience the British reader will find much to enjoy, although many of the people referred to as examples of how or how not to dress will be either totally unfamiliar or not sufficiently familiar to most. The book is loosely styled on 'The Prince' in structure, a curious (and unnecessary?) device that may irritate some readers, although the content is sound. The author is clearly knowledgeable, providing an interesting historical and contemporary view. The author clearly expresses his own tastes (perhaps a little conservative for many an Englishman or European) whilst giving sound advice on most matters. A useful addition to a collection of books on dress.
This book is very instructive to all types of people for example fat men, tall men and young men, obviously you may mix and match from different sections, for example young, tall and fat. There is absolutely no mention of baseball caps, thank god. The writer discusses suitable patters for suits (Prince of Wales among others) types and colours of shoes the reader may wear, certainly not a blue pair.
Anton is a speech writer, and his years of crafting rhetoric pay off here. This book is written in a mock Machiavellian style, hence the pseudo-Italian pen-name 'Antongiovanni' and the hilarious style of writing. He starts chapters with titles like "Of Those Things for Which Men and Especially Dandies are Praised or Blamed", or "Of Shirtings and the Manner in Which They Must be Employed", and continues in the same way. A book like this on frogs would make you laugh, and his gems of advice make it highly recommended, but only to those who do have an above average passion for correct dressing.