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Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style)

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style)

There seems to be no one more qualified or equipped to ponder or even, dare I say, dictate ‘quality, taste, and style’ than Tim.” -Sarah Jessica Parker, actor/producer

Television has introduced the world to a new fashion authority: Tim Gunn. As Bravo’s style mentor and Chair of the Fashion Design Department at Parsons The New School for Design, Tim delivers advice in a frank, witty, and authoritative manner that delights audiences.

Now readers can benefit from Tim’s considerable fashion wisdom in Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. He discusses every aspect of creating and maintaining your personal style: how to dress for various occasions, how to shop (from designer to chain to vintage stores), how to pick a fashion mentor, how to improve your posture, find the perfect fit, and more. He’ll challenge every reader-whether a seasoned fashionista or a style neophyte-to “make it work!”

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292 of 296 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Almost as good as a chat with Tim Gunn, April 9, 2007
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Anita Ashland (Madison, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

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You can almost hear Tim Gunn’s distinct voice as you read this book. His thoughts translate as well on paper as they do on television.

In the “Who You Are” chapter he sets you at ease with his characteristic warmth as he tells you that you are who you are for a reason and he is here to help you accentuate your positive features and mitigate the negative ones. He recognizes that there is a connection between inner and outer beauty and encourages you to think hard about who you are.

This book doesn’t contain lots of details about what to wear or not to wear. He zeroes in on the basics – he provides a top ten list of wardrobe essentials (he convinced me that ballet flats are necessary, for instance) – and doesn’t overwhelm the reader. There is a chapter devoted to posture and walking. A chapter devoted to style icons ranging from Katharine Hepburn to Kate Moss to Patti Smith. Instructions for how to dress for various special occasions. There’s a chapter about the challenge of finding the right fit. There’s much more to style than merely the clothes and his book addresses this very well.

The most helpful section is the one that addresses Creeping Closet Syndrome. He gives specific instructions about editing your closet and every woman should heed them. The New York apartment in which he lived for 15 years had seven linear feet of closet space so he knows how to edit.

He praises stores like H&M and encourages quality over quantity. Every woman would do well to read his chapter on shopping before succumbing to the urge to go on a shopping spree. He says, “The most important part of your expedition should take place before you leave home. The salient question to ask is: ‘Why am I shopping today?’”

I finished this book with regret, wishing for more, which is how I imagine I would feel after finishing a conversation with him over lunch. Now, I’m off to buy some ballet flats…

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201 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tim Gunn – The Master of Style and Elegance, April 9, 2007
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J. Whitford (Falls Church, VA USA) – See all my reviews
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The only reason I watch Project Runway is to see Tim Gunn “make it work”. The only blogs I read on the Project Runway web site are those by Tim Gunn. His blogs are so insightful into what transpired on each episode. Tim is an incredibly unassuming, elegant, stylish man. You just want to sit and talk to him about fashion for hours on end.

There are so many books about style on the market – most of them by thirtysomethings who are telling us how to dress hot, keep up with the fashion trends or imitate well known celebrity fashions.

It is a joy to read Tim’s book about identifying and capturing your own definitive signature style. I love that he includes “Blind Spots” – things we do to sabotage our fashion wardrobe.

Tim starts by helping you define your style and the pitfalls we often make in choosing and wearing fashions. He takes us shopping, warns us about the “it” bag while we choose accessories and the right outfit.

At the end of the book we are treated to a little fashion dictionary and a list of fashionista movies that are fun to watch.

I highly recommend this book over all the other fashion guides for its classic take on being your authentic fashion self and its timeless advice.

Be sure to watch Tim Gunn’s new show on Bravo – which continues his take on style and taste.

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tim Gunn, I love you, April 14, 2007
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One of the best things about Project Runway is Tim Gunn and he’s offering witty advice and commentary on style, taste and quality in this delightful book. One of the things I was most surprised about was Gunn’s maxim that you should forget about clothes size. Sizes vary depending on where the clothes were made and when. The important thing is to make sure the outfit fits you. He talks about how to buy quality clothes and how to shop. He also discusses appropiateness. A 60 year old looks like a fool when she dresses like her granddaughter and the 13 year old looks all wrong dressed and painted up to look like a matron.

A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style doesn’t assume that the reader is rich and points out that looking good isn’t about spending a fortune. It’s a light hearted, charming guide and is as smooth and sophisticated as it’s author. I loved, loved, loved it.

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Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good

Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good

Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man's Guide to Looking Good

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 neckties, to watches and other accessories. The style-minded reader will find useful advice on suit fabrics and cuts, the right kind of trousers for his build, the essential outerwear to own, how to dress properly for an occasion, how to tie a tie, how to pack for a trip, grooming strategies, and much, much more. A compact and sophisticated accessory in its own right, Esquire The Handbook of Style will be the style bible for the well-dressed man for years to come.

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101 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good book but the absence of color photos undermines it, November 1, 2009
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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.

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
An instant classic, get one for yourself and one for your sons., January 5, 2009
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This review is from: Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good (Hardcover)

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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Utilitarian guide full of valuable information, July 11, 2009
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This review is from: Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good (Hardcover)

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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