Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion

Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion

by Alan Flusser

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060191443
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 175,524
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

1Permanent Fashion2
2The Power of Color16
3Proportion: The Foundation of Style34
4The Prerogatives of Pattern62
5The Suit78
6Odd Jackets, Trousers, and Waistcoats100
7The Dress Shirt120
9Hosiery Harmonies170
10Foot Decorum186
11Accessories: The Major Importance of Minor Things210
12Formalwear: Black-and-White Etiquette232
13Business Casual254

What People are Saying About This

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.”

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Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing 6 days ago
While this book did not quite live up to my expectations, it was quite well done. The sheer number of illustrations and descriptions should earn this book some interest from anyone interested in understanding how to shop. While it did not contain any major revelations, I found it to be helpful and informative in how to go forward with building a wardrobe.
PointedPundit on LibraryThing 3 months ago
True to the Twin Pivots: Proportion and ColorAs a web developer, I have recently had a run of men¿s custom tailoring customers. I found myself looking for an encyclopedic source of styling details and fashion fundamentals.In my mind the name Alan Flusser is synonymous with taste and style. This book gave me everything I needed to build websites designed to appeal to the male buyer of custom suits and shirts. Unlike the fashion buyer, Flusser believes permanent fashion starts with being accountable to a personal set of physical characteristics.The custom buyer¿s face's shape, neck's height, shoulder's width, arm's length and torso's structure, and the foot's size remain relatively constant. Once he relates the permanent fashion¿s fundamentals to his physique and complexion, he is on his way to building a stylish, cost-effective wardrobe that will withstand fashion¿s seasonable vagaries.This book contains a large collection of photographs of stylish men. These vintage photographs illustrate the range and diversity of authentic men's fashion. Along the way, magnitude of options will equip the reader with both the vocabulary and options required to build a custom wardrobe. There is even a glossary at the end of the book to help with the journey.My needs were unique, I admit. This book equipped me with the knowledge, detail and options required to build a website that appeals to buyers and the purveyors of custom men¿s clothing.
ManipledMutineer on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Well-written (although some find the writing overblown), carefully explained and sumptuously illustrated with a selection of original photographs and Apparel Arts/Esquire illustrations, this is an excellent and enjoyable resource for any clothing connoiseur as much as for the casual reader.
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.