Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style
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Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style

by Nicholas Antongiavanni
     
 

"Clothes make the man."

Mark Twain never worked in today's fast-paced workplace, but his observation has never been keener: clothes do make the man. With The Suit, Nicholas Antongiavanni provides a masterly manual on what it takes to succeed: advice on how to dress with style, flair, and an eye toward gaining power. That's because "business casual"

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"Clothes make the man."

Mark Twain never worked in today's fast-paced workplace, but his observation has never been keener: clothes do make the man. With The Suit, Nicholas Antongiavanni provides a masterly manual on what it takes to succeed: advice on how to dress with style, flair, and an eye toward gaining power. That's because "business casual" has proved itself a one-way ticket to a lifetime in the corporate dungeon. But if you apply the sartorial advice proffered in The Suit to your clothes, you will project elegance, bravado, and success.

Drawing inspiration from Machiavelli's The Prince, Antongiavanni has crafted an essential handbook for the ambitious man who recognizes that smart and stylish appearance is a lever to power. From neckties to footwear, belts to suspenders, lapels to handkerchiefs, The Suit leaves no garment or accessory untouched and will inject a dose of good taste into your closet. The debates over double-breasted vs. single, two-buttons vs. three, English vs. Italian, and many others are settled with wit by Antongiavanni's wealth of knowledge in the art of dress.

The Suit is much more than a simple how-to manual — Antongiavanni packs these pages with insightful and sometimes stinging commentary on celebrities and the clothes they wear. Leading public figures from David Letterman to Donald Rumsfeld are picked apart at the seams. Antongiavanni uses powerful men in the public eye as entertaining examples of how to dress properly and what garish mistakes to avoid. Whether you are already a corporate Prince — or if you are a Joe Cubicle aspiring to be something greater — The Suit will teach you how to make your clothes work for you. No matter what your physical build or your status in the workplace, let Nicholas Antongiavanni be your fashion consultant.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060891862
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.85(d)

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The Suit

A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style
By Nicholas Antongiavanni

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Nicholas Antongiavanni
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060891866

Chapter One

How Many Are the Kinds
of Bodies and in What Modes
They Should Be Attired

All human male bodies have been and are either diminutive, of medium height, or tall; and slender, muscular, or stout. Their looking good is caused either by fortune or by virtue. But since Lady Fortune's powers are unfortunately beyond our control, our natural appearance may be pleasing or not according to her whims. And even if it is, necessity and convention require that we adorn ourselves with clothing, and this may be done well or badly. Thus a man must have recourse to his own virtue if he is to look presentable on all occasions; and this virtue consists of the exercise of the body and of the mind. Since tailored clothing can make a man look either rakish or ridiculous, as well as shorter or taller or fatter or thinner, it is necessary for him to choose models, fabrics, and patterns that flatter his shape while minimizing its defects. As Xenophon wrote in his life of Cyrus, it is not reasonable that a big man wear a little coat, or a small man wear a big coat, and expect to look smart.

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Meet the Author

Nicholas Antongiavanni is the nom de plum for a former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The author currently works for a powerful media mogul and lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and small child. A leading expert on men's tailoring, he owns more suits than he would care to admit.

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