Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion

Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion

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by Alan Flusser
     
 

Dressing the Man is the definitive guide to what men need to know in order to dress well and look stylish without becoming fashion victims.

Alan Flusser's name is synonymous with taste and style. With his new book, he combines his encyclopedic knowledge of men's clothes with his signature wit and elegance to address the fundamental paradox of modern men's

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Dressing the Man is the definitive guide to what men need to know in order to dress well and look stylish without becoming fashion victims.

Alan Flusser's name is synonymous with taste and style. With his new book, he combines his encyclopedic knowledge of men's clothes with his signature wit and elegance to address the fundamental paradox of modern men's fashion: Why, after men today have spent more money on clothes than in any other period of history, are there fewer well-dressed men than at any time ever before?

According to Flusser, dressing well is not all that difficult, the real challenge lies in being able to acquire the right personalized instruction. Dressing well pivots on two pillars — proportion and color. Flusser believes that "Permanent Fashionability," both his promise and goal for the reader, starts by being accountable to a personal set of physical trademarks and not to any kind of random, seasonally served-up collection of fashion flashes.

Unlike fashion, which is obliged to change each season, the face's shape, the neck's height, the shoulder's width, the arm's length, the torso's structure, and the foot's size remain fairly constant over time. Once a man learns how to adapt the fundamentals of permanent fashion to his physique and complexion, he's halfway home.

Taking the reader through each major clothing classification step-by-step, this user-friendly guide helps you apply your own specifics to a series of dressing options, from business casual and formalwear to pattern-on-pattern coordination, or how to choose the most flattering clothing silhouette for your body type and shirt collar for your face.

A man's physical traits represent his individual road map, and the quickest route toward forging an enduring style of dress is through exposure to the legendary practitioners of this rare masculine art. Flusser has assembled the largest andmost diverse collection of stylishly mantled men ever found in one book. Many never-before-seen vintage photographs from the era of Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, and Fred Astaire are employed to help illustrate the range and diversity of authentic men's fashion. Dressing the Man's sheer magnitude of options will enable the reader to expand both the grammar and verbiage of his permanent-fashion vocabulary.

For those men hoping to find sartorial fulfillment somewhere down the road, tethering their journey to the mind-set of permanent fashion will deliver them earlier rather than later in life.

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Editorial Reviews

Tom Wolfe
“A Hoyle’s, a Fowler’s, a Webster’s, a Baedeker’s, a Machiavelli’s, a von Clausewitz’s guide to men’s dress.”
Art Cooper
“If it’s male elegance and sophistication you aspire to, DRESSING THE MAN will suit you perfectly.”
Forbes
Author and haberdasher Alan Flusser's Dressing the Man is an authoritative guide to the modern man's wardrobe, a surprisingly newsworthy subject thanks to the recent rise and fall of Silicon Valley's influence, and the cor-responding shifts at many companies from business wear to "business casual" and back again. Flusser leads off with the fundamentals, color and proportion, and builds all other associations from there. "Once you learn which colors enhance your complexion and why specific proportions flatter your physique," he writes, "you are halfway home." But Flusser is just warming up: The encyclopedic book continues with chapter-by-chapter discussions of everything a man might put on his body. With each description of socks, shoes, dress shirts and pocket squares, Flusser returns to his main point: that a man's clothes should harmonize with the tones of his skin and hair and with his physique. Style, like anything else a man wants to improve--his golf game, his public speaking, or his appreciation of fine wines--is a talent that can be learned.
—Richard Nalley
Publishers Weekly
During the past 25 years, men have spent more money on clothing for themselves than in any other period of modern history, says Alan Flusser (Style and the Man). The time has "never been more propitious for the emergence of a standing army of well-heeled swells," he believes, and in Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion, he takes readers on a tour of men's clothing that he attests will never go out of style. Flusser carefully explains how to mix patterns, what to look for when trying on clothes in the fitting room, what kind of jacket to wear with a straight-point collar, the history of the monk-strap shoe, the correct position for a bow tie and what "business casual" really means. Heavily illustrated with photographs of dapper dans from Humphrey Bogart to the Duke of Windsor and drawings depicting neckwear, suit jackets, coat sleeves and trouser creases, this is a superb reference for any man.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060191443
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
173,236
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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Art Cooper
“If it’s male elegance and sophistication you aspire to, DRESSING THE MAN will suit you perfectly.”
Tom Wolfe
“A Hoyle’s, a Fowler’s, a Webster’s, a Baedeker’s, a Machiavelli’s, a von Clausewitz’s guide to men’s dress.”

Meet the Author

Alan Flusser is the author of a number of books about men's style, including Dressing the Man. He is the president of Alan Flusser Designs, a company he founded in 1979. He attracted national attention in 1987 for Michael Douglas's wardrobe in Wall Street, as well as later acclaim for his work on the HBO movie Barbarians at the Gate, the Al Pacino movie Scent of a Woman, and American Psycho starring Christian Bale. In 1988, he was placed as a permanent member on the International Best-Dressed List.

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Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is amazing but would recommend buying it through Amazon or some other seller. Was told this item would ship in 1-2 business days. Ordered this on 12/14 and did not receive until 12/29. Totally unacceptable especially considering this time of year. I've never experienced this type of horrible service especially during the holiday season. I realize this was not being shipped from B&N direct but this is a poor reflection of their service and I will never order from them again and will persuades others to do the same.
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Jcorp67 More than 1 year ago
I love all of Mr. Flussers books. This one is excellent as a follow up for the Clothes and The Man. Gentleman there is no need for us to rely on our wives or girlfriends to dress us. If one can be confident in what style suit cut, shirt color, and ties fit them best it will show. In todays economy we see more people putting on the suit. It may be something that sets you apart from the other peole interviewing or you keeping your job. Paying attention to details is something a man can convey inthe way he dresses and Mr. Flusser shows hot to do just that. Some parts may be complicated, such as understanding one's facial and hair coloring and how the way we dress can either detract from it or enhance it. Eventually you will get it. Other examples of details include things such as suggesting what style shirt collar looks best with a mans face, as well as the tie knot to go with the collar. Another one is not matching your pocket square to the tie. I was able to work over the holidays as a temp worker in a mens clothing store and had the chance to make some sales. The advice in this book was very useful to me in helping men to select clothes that flattered them (especially when it comes to suits). I also use it in my regular job because I enjoy dressing well even though the job does not require a suit or shirt and tie (I'm a teacher by profession). One should always look their best.
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Customer_Since1998 More than 1 year ago
Just about every page of this book contains photos (mostly black & white) and hand-drawn pictures to understand the classic styles that every man should be familiar with. Also, you will see some of the photos of the Hollywood actors, such as Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart wearing exquisite wardrobes to diffrentiate themselves from the average Americans. If you like to read the author's previous book, "Style and the Man: How and Where to Buy Fine Mens' Clothes", then you will also like to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Real quick. I don't believe the doctoring of the photographs was meant to fool anybody, but rather just represent a hyperbole to illustrate his point. Most men I know lack the ability to observe fine details such as how a shirt can bring out the color of one's eyes. Furthermore, a large portion of men have difficulty seeing at least one color. A note in the book addressing this would be nice. Also, his publisher may have been the one who pushed for this for marketing reasons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book and I haven't been able to put it down. Flusser not only gives you the essential tools needed to cultivate one's own sytle, but he also gives you a brief history lesson on the men who made the different looks staples in mens fashion. Clear right and wrong illustrations add to the flow of the book. Flusser forces you to look at your wardrobe in a whole new light. If you like the feel of a suit, you need this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This time with the help of illustartions and photographs Mr. Flusser writes wonderful prose on the art of mens dressing. In this book he not only re hashes the way men should by shoes, shirts, suits, etc, he also discusses hw a man can mix and match different patterns properly. In an age in which there are very few "educators" on men's dressing its wonderful to have Mr. Flusser show us young men who wish to dress and look our best, a way to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I agree with the reviewer who mentions the doctored photographs. I was surprised a man of Flusser's alleged societal standing would stoop to those depths. In one photo he claims the clothing choice brings out the blue in the objects eyes, when if you cover up the clothing with your hand in the 2 photos clearly one picture's eyes have been rigged to be blue, while the other photo has gray eyes. What is most disappointing is the unnecessary wordiness that Flusser injects into every section. It is as if he is attempting to impress the reader with his expansive vocabulary. I purchased this book as a fashion aid, not an English lesson. Example page 30: '..the surest way to ensure your visage its rightful due is to buck it up with the relevant pageantry..' This guy needs to get over himself. Not a bad book if you can get a used copy for less than $10, otherwise put your money somewhere else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Flusser (Author of Dressing the Man), Mr. Lauren (Ralph), Mr. Wolfe (Tom) and Mr. Cooper, Editor in Chief of Gentlemen¿s Quarterly all seem to have a remarkable, keen and talented eye for men¿s fashions. And yet that keen eye is nowhere to be found even in Harper Collins Publishing talents of this book. The book makes a lot of interesting and true claims that can be argued to hold water, until when it comes to the blatant use of trick photography to make Mr. Flusser¿s point. If the viewer would, go ahead and cover all of the clothing for Tom on page 31. You will note a remarkable difference, a before and after effect. On the right side you see a far more refreshing and happy a face than on the left and you see the same on page 30 as well with Alex. In fact, the color on the right hand side has been significantly manipulated to convey the point Mr. Flusser likes to make. And again, all of the above reviewers seem to have no problem with this doctoring of photographs. If the viewer now would turn back a page to page 29 he or she will note an almost ridiculous level of color doctoring where the same man has green eyes in one photograph and bright blue in another. The point Mr. Flusser tries to make is that wearing more rich blue shirt and a light blue coat will remarkably change the man. ¿Edwin¿s blue eyes suddenly spring to life¿ Mr. Flusser stares. Yes. So much so that they are green on the left hand side with your hands completely covering all clothes. The reader is encouraged to take a look at this amazing doctoring of photographs. The book is a good contribution to men¿s attire and yet one looks at all of these home-run names in the back and front of this book, pitching the virtues of the content therein, and wonders why a publisher, an author, a designer, an editor would not note repeated use of trick photography to make a point. What has been highlighted here continues throughout the book. Take Trevor for instance on page 26. Again, cover the entire outfit with your hand and note the remarkable difference of skin color here; it is absolutely amazing. There is not just one or two `little¿ mistakes in this book; there are a plenty and again, one has to look at all these people and ask some questions here. The most clear evidence of doctoring pictures to convey a point, perhaps comes with Fumihiko on page 27. Note the picture on the left and the two birth marks below the left eye and the one on the right; they are gone on the right hand side and the color of complexion is a more healthy orange/red glow. One mistake in this book would be fine. Two? Sure. Three?? Well. I¿m not sure if the people who say they read and approved of this book actually read and paid any attention to the book. I certainly did not put the pages in this book under a magnifying glass and have yet to page through the entire book. Neither am I a seasoned pro in men¿s attire nor even editing or publishing - but all of these men mentioned above - are. The issues herein are so remarkably obvious that some questions have been raised and hopefully will not be censored.