Hey, readers! Sorry about the lack of posts this week; unfortunately I’ve come down with a bad cold and I’ve not been much in the mood for authoring new material. Don’t let that fool you into thinking I’ve not been working on material for GuyStyleGuide though – there are new developments in the works that are taking every free second I have…
Anyway, as a weekend reward for your patience I present the much delayed second review I promised some months ago. I highly recommend reading this one by the way – it’s worth every penny!
Author(s): Daniel Peres
Format: Soft Spine
Publisher: Gotham Books
Cut from the same cloth as Details monthly magazine, Details Men’s Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You provides in-depth advice on all your wardrobe necessities and much, much more.
A full colour guide with plenty of gorgeous photos, this book is an essential buy for the visually driven among you. Written in the same no-nonsense style that has made the monthly glossy so popular among young men the world over, its simple instructional nature makes for a very easy read; a real boon for those who don’t like to spend hours pouring over reams of text.
Chapters are broken down by item, looking at a diverse range of sartorial subjects. Jeans, shirts, accessories and more are tackled with simple step by step instruction, and while not as comprehensive and wide-reaching as “AskMen.com Presents The Style Bible: The 11 Rules for Building a Complete and Timeless Wardrobe”, the book still bursts at the seams with good quality information.
The book’s primary strength is its presentation. Not only do the photos demonstrate the subject manner beautifully, the unobtrusive style is particularly fresh and revealing. One nice feature, for example, is the exhibition of multiple looks using a single item of clothing – explaining how a single overcoat can be used for a multitude of occasions.
If there were a weakness to be found, it’d be the over reliance on generalisations. For instance, the chapter on accessories is rather fleeting and offers only basic advice on choosing sunglasses and doesn’t go far enough in its analysis on why you should, or shouldn’t, pick a particular pair.
To conclude, I’d say this book is an excellent buy for someone looking for a colourful ‘how to..’ guide – just don’t go buying if you’re expecting to find all of fashion’s hidden secrets in one tome.
GuyStyleGuide Rating: 4.5 out of 5