By Alan Flusser

From front flap: "Coty Award winner Alan Flusser is confident that any guy can how one can costume with sort and sturdy style - all that's wanted is the correct schooling. In 'Clothes and the Man', Flusser units out - by using unique illustrations, either black and white and full-color images, and a complete textual content - the elemental ideas interested by high quality men's gown

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Clothes and the Man: The Principles of Fine Men's Dress

From front flap: "Coty Award winner Alan Flusser is confident that any guy can how to gown with type and reliable style - all that's wanted is the right kind schooling. In 'Clothes and the Man', Flusser units out - by using targeted illustrations, either black and white and full-color pictures, and a complete textual content - the fundamental ideas focused on positive men's gown

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The formal vest, though also a descendant of the nineteenth- century English-postboy riding vest, differs considerably from the traditional business vest. It is cut with shawl lapels, either single-or double-breasted, and has a deep V front so as to display the special front of the formal shirt. The vest is normally made with three buttons, which can be replaced by studs. The traditional vest is in the same fabric as the dinner jacket. The pleated cummerbund, which usually matches the facings of the front of the coat, was originally a sash worn in India (from the Hindu kamarband) and was brought to the West by the British.

Vamp Decorations Loafers with buckles or chains across the vamp have become increasingly popular since the Gucci Loafer was first marketed in the United States in the mid-1960s. One should be careful not to allow these gold or silver decorations to become so large or gaudy that they destroy the integrity of a man's look by drawing immediate attention to his shoes. More effective as vamp decorations are the leather penny saddle (Weejun shoe) or tassels. These work to break up the vamp, thus making it and the shoe look smaller and finer.

Throughout the remainder of the twentieth century, the tuxedo has undergone various stylistic changes, including the excesses characteristic of the decade of the sixties. And yet, fashion aside, the proper tuxedo, whether it be single-or double- breasted, still endures as the most elegant attire for any man. For a man, no other form of dress is as steeped in such a ritualistic sense of propriety as formal wear. Thee is something so elegant about the simplicity of black and white, with its stark contrast and lack of pattern, that when the elements are properly put together, they present a man at his most debonair.

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