Men would understand that how they maintain their clothing and groom themselves is an outward reflection of the discipline and hard work they apply to everything else in their lives.
Men would realize they always represent their family – and would therefore dress accordingly.
But we don’t live in perfect world. And many men need the help of the women in their lives to dress sharp.
Dressing the Man You Love is the best book out there for helping women understand what it means for a man to dress sharp.
I give it five out of five stars – author Betsy Durkin Matthes has written an amazing book targeting women who want to help their husbands, boyfriends, brothers, or fathers dress in a manner than lets their professionalism shine.
First – My thoughts on women dressing men.
Normally I do not recommend a man let a woman dress him unless she is a professional (which I recommend quite female image consultants who help men here)
The reason is that in women’s clothing the cut, drape, and colors are different. Fashion and colors play a large role. In menswear however we see much more conservative styles and colors, and fit and drape depend more on the attributes and professional needs of the man than what’s in style.
As a result – a man dressed by an untrained female often wears cuts and colors that not only are too effeminate for his natural build/complexion but also styles that undermine his confidence as he doesn’t understand why they were selected other than them being in “fashion”.
Dressing the Man You Love does an excellent job of helping women see the art of dressing a man through a more masculine lens.
Three things I love about Dressing The Man You Love
1. The Information is Accurate and Timeless – Often times advice to women as to how to dress men (as dispensed in sources such as Cosmopolitan) is flat out wrong.
This book is well researched, and could be mistaken as a product of Alan Flusser or another classic men’s style writer. Mrs. Matthes systematically goes through a man’s wardrobe and covers 95% of what you need to know in 277 pages and 150 illustrations.
2. The use of Charts, Forms, and Worksheets – The unique perspective of Dressing the Man You Love is it is written for women dressing men. As such Mrs. Matthes understands that it’s important to accurate record the man’s measurements, professional needs, and wants in forms so that a woman can make accurate decisions when out shopping.
The funny thing is any man would benefit from having this data on file as well. This one of the only men’s style books I’ve seen that uses this kind of information.
3. The focus of black and white images – I’m not sure why they chose black and white images – perhaps to save money on printing costs? In any case, the lack of color is a positive attribute as it enables clear explanation of points that would otherwise be drowned out by color such as pattern breakout and minute details on shoes and even suits.
Where I See the Book Could Be Improved
Color Images – The problem with black and white images is that you can only talk about color and can’t really show the difference between colors. A small complain though, as most mens style books do a poor job with this anyway and no book can be all things to all people.
More Coverage of Casual Clothing – The casual options and images were very limited. If you rarely wear a suit or sport jacket and are looking for something aimed towards the casual crowd – this is not for you. This is focused on the classic business man’s wardrobe.
In Summary – Five out of Five stars – an excellent read targeting a very specific audience but still applicable to a broader readership.