Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good gives practical advice on how to look your best. While fashion trends are come and go, style is forever. This book focuses on how to choose the styles to look your best without any rigid rules.
Each section guides you with illustrations, tips, rules, charts. There are illustrations on almost every page, which keeps a reader’s attention. It begins with picking a suit. It then moves onto shirts, trousers, shoes, coats, accessories, personal care, and finally the essentials for building a wardrobe. There is even advice on how to acquire the finest quality gear you can afford.
A few pointers from the book include:
- It is acceptable to wear your jeans five to ten times between washings but fewer if they get visibly dirty or baggy at the knee.
- A wallet is for credit cards only – cash goes in a money clip in your front pocket.
- Know the nuances of khaki pants – don’t roll up the cuffs to your calves like clamdiggers unless you are actually digging for clams.
- It’s ok to not wear socks in summer, but only if you give your sweaty shoes a break every other day.
The intent of this book is give men a sense of not only how but the why. For example, along with explaining why certain types of shoes work best for certain situations, it is also explains the history of that shoe. Included with the book is a personal sizing chart to cut out, fold in half, and put in your wallet.