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True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear

by G. Bruce Boyer

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Pretty thin. You get the impression our Bruce needed to put his retirement fund on a firmer footing, or some similar motivation, because a lot of this is paint by numbers, checking off bullet points on a list of chapters such as weather gear, suits and Ivy Style. There are a few flashes of genuine inspiration where Bruce awoke from his torpor and found himself genuinely engaged with his subject, such as the sections on the variations in Italian tailoring and how the soft shouldered Southern Italian jacket came to be, and here he shows himself to be more the infinitely knowledgeable and erudite guide that we might have expected throughout the whole book, given his lofty reputation in menswear circles. ( )
  Matt_B | Apr 10, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0465053998, Hardcover)

From choosing the right pair of eyeglasses to properly coordinating a shirt, tie, and pocket square, getting dressed is an art to be mastered. Yet, how many of us just throw on, well, whatever each morning? How many understand the subtleties of selecting the right pair of socks or the most compatible patterns of our various garments—much less the history, imperatives, and importance of our choices?

In True Style, acclaimed fashion expert G. Bruce Boyer provides a crisp, indispensable primer for this daily ritual, cataloguing the essential elements of the male wardrobe and showing how best to employ them. In witty, stylish prose, Boyer breezes through classic items and traditions in menswear, detailing the evolution and best uses of fabrics like denim and linen, accoutrements like neckties and eyeglasses, and principles for combining patterns, colors, and textures. He enlightens readers about acceptable circumstances for donning a turtleneck, declaims the evils of wearing dress shoes without socks, and trumpets the virtues of sprezzatura, the artistry of concealing effort beneath a cloak of nonchalance.

With a gentle yet firm approach to the rules of dressing and an incredible working knowledge of the different items, styles, and principles of menswear, Boyer provides essential wardrobe guidance for the discriminating gentleman, explaining what true style looks like—and why.

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