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A New Style Guide for Men
Most of my fashion focus is on women’s clothing, accessories and beauty finds but men, too,
While it may seem as if guys have it easier—how difficult can it be to wear pants and a
shirt every day?—it’s much more complicated than it looks.
A new book written by trend expert Tom Julian breaks it down so that the most diehard jeans
and T-shirt guy can feel confident when he has to dress up for a fancy event, job interview or
business meeting. In Silicon Valley, casual rules, but there are times when jackets and
formalwear are mandatory.
Tom’s book, “Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style’’ ($19.95, Chronicle Books) is out Friday, in
time to browse for a fashionable Father’s Day present or give as a hint that dad needs a
wardrobe makeover. It was written in partnership with the department store and available at
the retailer but it is also sold in bookstores, including Borders.
I’ve known the author professionally for a couple of decades—he was the former fashion
director for the Men’s Fashion Association and has been a frequent source for my consumer and
fashion stories. He’s also the red carpet guy for Oscar.com and there were many an Academy
Award night that he helped me identify the labels the stars were wearing on their way into the
Shrine Auditorium in L.A.
The how-to tome is essentially a reference tool to help men identify the personal look they
want to achieve and then teaches them how to go about dressing the part: luxury, classic,
contemporary or trend. It also takes into account your body type.
It’s an easy read and full of diagrams and helpful information that will make shopping less
daunting for the casual guy and informs the women who shop with and for them.
Even a fashion professional like me has trouble sometimes figuring out the difference
between a point collar and a spread collar or the proper way to wear a cummberbund. (It’s
pleats open toward the face, as if ready to catch crumbs, the author says.) The information is
all in the book, along with photos. For those guys who don’t dress up enough to remember how
to knot a tie or a make a bowtie, the directions are here, too, with diagrams.
I’m keeping my copy handy as a fashion dictionary for work and because I can now
authoratatively answer the questions I get from readers and friends.