True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear

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From choosing the right pair of eyeglasses to properly coordinating a shirt, tie, and pocket square, getting dressed is an art to be mastered. Yet, how many of us just throw on, well, whatever each morning? How many understand the subtleties of selecting the right pair of socks or the most compatible patterns of our various garments—much less the history, imperatives, and importance of our choices? In True Style, acclaimed fashion expert G. Bruce Boyer provides a crisp, indispensable primer for this daily ritual, cataloguing the essential elements of the male wardrobe and showing how best to employ them. In witty, stylish prose, Boyer breezes through classic items and traditions in menswear, detailing the evolution and best uses of fabrics…

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Upstyle Your Furniture

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Upstyle your Furniture: Techniques and Creative Inspiration to Style Your Home by Stephanie Jones(Barron’s, 2015) takes you on the step-by-step process of restyling old, inexpensive furniture to create a fresh and appealing look. Once you’ve scoured tag sales for the perfect piece, all you’ll need are a few readily available tools (which are clearly outlined) to effortlessly upstyle your latest find. A comprehensive guide of understanding different surfaces and how to paint on them is equally important. Every scenario is covered, including how to approach painting your furniture if it’s a hybrid mix of materials. If you find yourself needing encouragement, flip to the case studies section where you can see the results of other DIYers working on the same projects. To…

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Styling the Stars

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The 87th Academy Awards were last night and people won Oscars and stuff. But let’s focus on the most important part: the fashion. This year the red carpet was a mix of Old Hollywood, modern glamour, and a few outlandishly bizarre choices. Just the way we like it. In my opinion, it was the classic Hollywood influences that made the night. From jeweled shoulder straps to sleek silhouettes, this year’s award show was all about old world style. And I should know: I recently got my hands on Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren’s book, Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive (Insight Editions). This unique collection combines rare photographs, anecdotes and costume details spanning from the…

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