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With sections on correctly ascertaining a man's clothing needs, the best suit cuts and colors for major body shapes and complexions, surviving the men's department experience, tried and true indications of a quality garment, ...
With sections on correctly ascertaining a man's clothing needs, the best suit cuts and colors for major body shapes and complexions, surviving the men's department experience, tried and true indications of a quality garment, effectively communicating with salespersons and master tailors, as well as rules for successfully mixing and matching apparel, this book is an invaluable tool for any woman looking to improve the appearance of any important man in her life.
With over 150 illustrations, an easy system for helping him maintain his look even when she can't be there, as well as an extensive glossary and index, this book provides a one-stop men's clothing guide that is not only accessible, but fun for women to read."
Posted January 28, 2008
Beginning with the basics size & shape of your man, Betsy Durkin Matthes asks questions that are easy to answer, but very important in picking the right kind and color of clothes for your man... or men, for yourself. Chapter 1: Classifications include: the perfect (and not so perfect) man the string-bean - or lanky the short challenge the larger man and his needs ironclad men (those with the 6-pack belly and muscles like The Rock. Additionally a chart with suggestions for the body types helps pick out the right items. Chapter 2: What colors are best? Years ago I was classified as an Autumn, and found that the fall colors enhance my appearance I also buy clothes in the other seasons such as bright yellow (spring), black (winter), sky blue (summer). With the colors outside my season I change the way I do my make up. Since most men do not wear makeup, the choices are more important. Keeping the seasons in mind is helpful in buying the right color clothing and accessories to bring out the best in your guy. Chapter 3: This is tricky because there are probably a lot of clothes that need to be tossed out -- so you attack his closet...but don't shock him, get him to help you and to understand why his wardrobe needs an update. Chapter 4: If you don't generally shop in the men's department, just take the plunge and browse. Follow the guide she provides, and fill in the form for your man. Some of these items are jacket size, sleeve length, pants around the waist and to the floor, even tie length because a tall man needs a longer tie. This is filled with good information. Chapter 5: The salespeople -- if they are on commission, they may try to get you to buy more than you need. That is the value of all the previous questions, answers, and guides. You'll know if they want you to buy everything or the ones that are right for you. You are in charge. Chapter 6: Now the suits - every man should own at least one suit. This chapter is loaded with pictures that display the cuts of jackets, pockets, lapels, etc. We see the current fads everywhere, but the classics are sharp and can make the man. Chapter 7: What's the best fabric for a suit? There are a variety of wool types and other fabrics, and some are better for the cut and type of a jacket than others. Chapter 8: The covers patterned fabrics such as: pinstrip, chalk stripe, window pane, and more. The chart Matthes provides has clear pictures of each type, thus making it easier to discuss with your man and the salesman to find the right one for your man. Chapter 9: How do you get the right trousers. Suit trousers really don't work as dressy slacks. With a bunch of pant types pictured for you, you'll know cuts, cuffs (yes or no). Chapter 10: Covers vests -- to wear or not to wear? Chapter 11: The Tailor is truly the person who can make an off the rack suit look custom. When you find a good one, consider him a jewel. Matthes' Glossary will answer all of your questions so that if the tailor asks if you want barrel cuffs on a broadcloth pant, you'll know what to say. With 25 fascinating chapters, you'll find that you are able to choose the best way to dress your man, or for a man to dress himself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
Betsy Durkin Matthes' book DRESSING THE MAN YOU LOVE is a tour de force illustrated guide to helping a man dress his best according to classic standards of clothing excellence. The illustrations and tone of DRESSING harken to a more civilized time when people expected men to be gentlemen and consistently look their best, while it presents an up-to-date modern awareness of materials and style. This is a thrilling book for anyone who's wished to know the secrets of what makes the difference in appearance for a well-dressed man, as it takes the reader into the fascinating world of men's fashion. Matthes sets precisely the right mood for helping anyone dress their favorite man to the nines, regardless how little they may already know. With a friendly tone, DRESSING inspires, educates, and helps to empower and embolden us to offer solid mens fashion assistance in ways that make a huge difference. DRESSING is relaxing and reassuring to readers of all levels of fashion awareness, as it sets one's mind to correctly prioritizing what areas to focus on in improving your man's wardrobe... from the best places and times to shop, to what to shop for... to how to work most effectively with a tailor. Matthes consistently achieves the perfect balance between providing the 'big picture' of fashion planning and a wealth of information on all the little things that together make such a big difference in the overall look. Details such common suit weave patterns, tie patterns, color coordination, sleeve and hem lengths, and proper alterations are covered beautifully with vivid descriptions and ample sketches. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2007
What a marvelous book!! Such a meticulous work, that makes this book work on several levels--for men and women both. It's a great way to help a woman help her man improve his appearance. Men would do well to read this, too. It's a savvy guide to all areas of fashion, and not just trendy fashion, but good clothing, which helps create the perfect appearance. I don't think I have seen any book outside history books or technical manuals to have such attention to detail. The second way this book works is for writers. Its, a good way for a writer to really create that perfect man, dressed from top to bottom in the correct style to convey just want you want to your readers. Absolutely a MUST for men and women for multi-purpose. Written with style and panache, Matthes makes clothing and selections a fun task! Very highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.