Everything a modern dandy needs to know

Way before Project Runway made popular the sayings “Show me the passion in your fashion” or “One day you’re in, and the next you’re out”, Hardy Amies’ book ABC of Men’s Fashion contains enough men’s fashion dos and don’ts to start an entire season of a men’s fashion reality show.

ABC of Men's Fashion by Hardy Amies

You can find quotes such as:

  • “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten about them.”
  • “Sandals are hell, except on the beach where you want to take them off: or on a boat. And worn with socks are super-hell.”
  • “Walking Stick: An excellent and elegant accessory when you’ve broken your leg.”

Or learn that “Dapper” used to be a word to describe a short man, compared to its current meaning to refer to anyone who is smartly dressed.

Even though the book was first published in 1964, with the resurgence of 50s and 60s fashion today, we’re sure that the modern day dandy will hang on to the words of this tome very seriously. If not, they will at least appreciate this 2007 edition with its hardcover and its clean and stylish book jacket.

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