Every now and then, I have to take a break from shopping and the endless search for my beloved Chanel at consignment stores to read a good book! There is nothing like a good read for a little escape and relaxation. I recently received a copy of the book, “Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion“ as a gift. More often and not, the BFF and I do not agree on the art of fine dressing. He sometimes feels that dressing up is the act of wrapping a scarf around his neck or throwing on a cardigan before running out the door. This book shows that with just a little thought and an eye for detail, every man can look amazing. The author Bernhard Roetzel, shows off the art of selecting everything from high-end Italian suits and handmade clothing, to basics like the right belt, the right pair of jeans or a colorful tie. The book is a veritable encyclopedia of classic elegance.
One of the most fascinating features, at least to me, is the sprinkling of famous figures along with their fashion faves throughout the book. Remember Winston Churchill and his colorful, polka dot bow ties? He made that bow tie his unique look.
Remember The Avenger’s John Steed in his classic bowler? These gentlemen made classic fashion choices that became their trademark.
Although the book is not cheap, it’s worth putting on your watch list and your coffee table. Is there any more tactful way to drop your loved on a subtle hint about menswear? Why be a nudge when you don’t have to?
And if you make the right fashion choices, then maybe, just maybe, at the end of the day you’ll save money by acquiring some classics. After all, it can’t always be about jeans and t-shirts. This is what I tell the BFF.
PS–note to OOO000, I didn’t see anything in the book about “man bags”, maybe you should write an addendum ?:)