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The Handbook of Style Each year, the editors of "Esquire" produce a special issue of the magazine devoted to men's style called "The Big Black Book," which has been wildly successful. Using the same pragmatic, highly illustrated approach, and laced with "Esquire"'s trademark humor, "Esquire The Handbook of Style" brings readers vital information on every aspect of a man's wardrobe, from suits and shirts, to shoes and n... Full description

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  • Relié: 224 pages
  • Editeur : Hearst Communications (mars 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1588167461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588167460
  • Dimensions du produit: 2,5 x 13,3 x 18,4 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par John Locke le 9 février 2013
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Excellent petit manuel qui aborde l'essentiel. Les chapitres sont courts, bien écrits et enseignent comment bien choisir ses vêtements. Sur quels points faut-il faire attention lorsque vous achetez un costume, une chemise, un pantalon ?... Quelles matières et/ou quels motifs vont bien ensemble ? Comment un accessoire simple peut-il relever une tenue ?... Il s'organise en chapitres : le costume ; la chemise ; le pantalon ; les chaussures ; les accessoires ; soins du corps... Il propose même une garde robe idéale et fournit moult conseils : comment prendre soin de ses vêtements, comment les plier dans une valise pour éviter qu'ils se froissent...
L'enseignement principal de ce manuel est que quelques vêtements bien choisis (généralement des "classiques" bien taillés et dans de belles matières) valent mieux que 50 vêtements choisis à-la-va-vite dans les boutiques qui proposent une mode "jetable". Le but ici est de se construire une garde robe intemporelle (qui apparaîtra peut-être un peu trop "classique" aux yeux de certains) qui convient à la personnalité de chacun. Les habitués de GQ ne seront pas déboussolés ; de nombreux conseils de la "Style Académie" semblent inspirés de ce bouquin. Seul inconvénient, et non négligeable : les photos et illustrations sont en noir et blanc.
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180 internautes sur 190 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good book but the absence of color photos undermines it 2 novembre 2009
Par Gravenimages - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Solid, if quite general, information on basic mens style. The writing is good, occasionally snarky, and the advice offered will still be relevant several years from now. The layout is well put together and the celebrity images run from vintage to recent. And I disagree with other reviews dismissing this range as dated. There is a certain classicism represented in the choices, and I appreciate a restraint which avoids too many trendy faces that will be forgotten in a year or two.

Unfortunately what weakens this edition from four to three stars is the omission of any color photos. One cannot properly compare dark brown and black shoes in a B&W photo. A page that purports to guide the reader in pairing shirts, trousers, and jackets is ineffectual as a grayscale reproduction. Fashion in our daily lives always exists in full color, and any book claiming to be a style guide should mirror this reality.

The publisher should correct this in future editions.
63 internautes sur 69 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
An instant classic, get one for yourself and one for your sons. 6 janvier 2009
Par Cesareo Tongco - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you like to dress up, then this book is for you. It is packed with valuable advice and is fully illustrated throughout. Chapters are intuitively chosen; the book starts by discussing the finer points of buying a suit. It then goes through shirts, pants, even personal care, and ends with a chapter on building a wardrobe. Each page is filled with tips, pictures of fashion icons, and notes for investing in your clothes. I personally found the Accessories chapter to be a fun read, especially since I am a fan of vintage watches and bow ties.

Are you old enough to know what the Preppy Handbook is? If so, this is an updated and less-snobbish version of the classic. In fact, this is the new Preppy Handbook, occasionally with a similar tongue-in-cheek approach. There are several other books in the market, but none are as easy to read as this. The focus is on men's clothes in general, not just suits and formal wear as in Alan Flusser's Dressing the Man. And though brands and specialty stores are mentioned, the emphasis is on how to distinguish well-made clothes, not just where to buy them.

Unlike other fashion books that will become outdated, this is one is not about trends, but really about style. You will pass this on to your sons in the future, so do them a favor and buy them one each. Give it the day they leave for college, or as an 18th birthday present.

If you read GQ or Esquire for their buying guides, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It would take years of subscribing to magazines to come up with all the info between the covers.

Overall, an entertaining, informative, and essential guide for any man who cares about the way he looks.
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so-so style guide for novices 21 mars 2013
Par Acrophobe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a decent style guide that I might recommend to someone who has no clue about how to dress well, or what constitutes a good wardrobe. It's a starting point, with some helpful information on shirts, suits, pants, shoes, coats, accessories, personal grooming, and tips on wardrobe maintenance, packing a suitcase, and so on. For someone with a moderate budget who needs to build a wardrobe from the ground up, the checklist type approach in the Esquire handbook could work well. The book is a convenient size, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring it with you on your next shopping trip.

That said, it's not a very good resource for someone who already has a working knowledge of menswear and who wants more detailed information, and there are some other issues worth mentioning. There are no color photographs, which should be a priority when color is so important to many of the parts of a wardrobe. Illustrations and photos are used interchangeably, but a few of the illustrations would work better as photos.

Some important things are glossed over or skipped entirely. In the shoe chapter, there is virtually no information on shoe construction. There are many different ways to make and identify a good shoe (and a bad one), but you wouldn't know it from this book. There is a two-sentence definition of goodyear welts, and that's about it. For garments, there is almost no information about fabrics, fabric weights, weaves or patterns. You'll know lots of cute little trivia about what kind of collars wall street bankers like to wear, but like the shoe chapter, you'll be left ignorant about what defines a well-made shirt. There are five pages dedicated to watches, but the book is very light on substantive information. It's great to know what watch Chow Yun Fat wore in The Corruptor, and that Al Gore's digital Timex projects a stately and professional image (!?), it really is. But all you learn from this book is that Omega watches are sweet, you can match watches with cufflinks, and mechanical watches are more expensive than quartz. Great. For a man investing money in a wardrobe, the watch is likely to be the most expensive thing he wears, and the most costly to maintain. There should have been at least five more pages on the subject.

There are two things in this book that stand out as extremely goofy. Out of left field, Donald Trump is showered with praise in two different chapters for his impeccable style, power, and unparalleled business acumen. From page 173: "the tycoon has never lacked the courage of his convictions. His hairstyle is no exception. It's an assertion of control and an expression of his approach to business...nothing is left to chance." I hope the huge check Esquire got for this shameless fellatio-in-print didn't bounce. But I'm probably being unfair. I'm sure Esquire must be referring to a different Donald Trump. The Donald Trump I know of went bankrupt over and over and over again, has a hairpiece that's been an object of ridicule all around the world for 25 years, and now makes a living by ranting about the president's birth certificate and putting his name on awful $15 "executive" dress shirts made in China that not even Ross and Burlington Coat Factory can sell.

Almost as goofy as the ankle-grabbing Trump love is a diagram on one page telling men to never, ever wear a necktie or cufflinks with jeans.....and on the VERY NEXT PAGE Jay Z is exalted for wearing a necktie and cufflinks with some baggy jeans, or as they say, "faultlessly blending Savile Row swank with sly street funk." Grampa, is that you? Who on God's sweet green Earth says "sly street funk"? Speaking of grandparents, this book is surprisingly out of date. About 60% of the men featured in the photos have been dead for decades. It's nice to see some timeless styles, but come on now.

This book is more style than substance (har har), and the authors get more caught up in brand names and cute little lists of "wardrobe essentials" (all of which can be found at your nearest Macy's ;D ) than informing readers well. It's not an accident that if you flip through any random issue of Esquire or GQ, you'll find ads for every single type of product mentioned in this book. Every single one. You might say the book is an advertisement for other advertisements. But considering the price, portability, and the breadth of information, it's not a bad introduction to style. Just be sure to use the book only as a starting point.

And one more thing. The front cover label of my book was glued on upside down. Nice one, guys. Nice one.
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Excellent Reference Guide 12 août 2009
Par Danno - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Are you a man who simply wants to dress better without being mistaken for a metrosexual? If you are, this book is definitely something you can use. Divided into different bite-sized chapters, each packed with useful information and photos, the Esquire Handbook of Style is intended as an introduction to a world of classic men's style that is both elegant and masculine. While much of the material in here is recycled from various articles from Esquire magazine that you may have already read, it's great having it organized and in one place.

The focus is almost always on dressier clothing that white-collar professionals would wear to the office, as well as what to wear to the theater, restaurants, weekending, etc. We are repeatedly given the message that a modest amount of quality clothes chosen tastefully will serve us much better than a large number of cheap, trendy clothes. It's a message that many of us do need to hear over and over, because moderately-priced clothing stores often push cheaply manufactured knockoffs of current trends and leave us with the impression that unless we wear the very latest styles we look awful. The Esquire Handbook of Style takes a totally different approach, and shows not only how to determine quality in clothing before you buy, but also how versatile the basic building blocks of a man's wardrobe really are.

This is intended as a long-term reference book. Almost all the photos are of Golden Age Hollywood celebs such as Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. The binding, quality of paper, and the cover itself suggest that this is a book that you can use throughout your life. Indeed, it's so well-bound that you might mistake it for a vintage book.

I think this is a great book for recent high school grads or for college students who need to score a plum internship or first 'real' job. This is an excellent and readable book for any male making the transition from a career in which wardrobe is not an issue (such as college education, or a job in which you need to wear a uniform) to one where you are expected to present a crisp business-like appearance. I personally wish I'd had this book years ago as it would have made my adaptation to the office much easier.

The only downside I can see to this book is that the accessories chapter is much too brief. This is unfortunate because it isn't entirely clear why you would want to learn to knot several different styles for neckties, what materials or stitching are best for neckties, etc. It could simply be that the editors regard the rules regarding neckwear to be much looser than the rules regarding shirts and jackets, but its all too easy for men to slip into the habit of ruining an otherwise great look with a hideously garish (and often over-priced) tie. I would have liked to see more about this, as well as options regarding the appropriateness of lapel pins and pocket watches.
19 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Utilitarian guide full of valuable information 11 juillet 2009
Par Andrew S. Rogers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
There are some books on how to dress well -- books like Russell Smith's Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress -- that are heavy on theory, you might say: not only how to observe the principles of timeless style, but why those principles are correct in the first place. I tend to enjoy reading those kinds of books, and was a little disappointed at first to see that this book from Esquire did not really spend a lot of time in explanations and philosophical discussion. But the more I read, the more it became clear that the man who is really interested in learning these things can pick up a lot from "The Handbook of Style." Esquire has packed a lot into this small-ish book, and most of it is quite good.

It is, as I say, a small book, and it is quite densely packed. I probably would have preferred a larger format, which would have in turn allowed for larger type, larger illustrations with clearer detail, more white space, and a layout generally more friendly to aging male eyes. But then, maybe this is intended primarily for younger men -- an audience I certainly encourage to study this book closely. The authors embrace the classic and traditional in men's style, navigating by the light from, among others, the holy trinity of Astaire, Grant, and Windsor. (Jay-Z and André 3000 are cited as modern exemplars, and while I don't follow their careers well enough to know, I'll take Esquire's word for it.)

For men in, or just out of, college or otherwise looking to define their own style -- a time when guides like this were pretty influential on me -- they or their loved ones could do much worse than to track down a copy of this book and begin studying it. There's a lot older men can take away from this too. I admit I was a little skeptical to begin with, but now I'm convinced this is one of the better utilitarian guides to come along in many years. It certainly deserves a place on many men's shelves.
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