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Advice for Stylin’ Guys

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The Style Guy
O’Brien
2000

O’Brien was GQ magazine’s fashion columnist until 2015. (He evidently blasted GQ in an interview and resigned.) His advice column talked about everything from fashion advice to etiquette. None of it is particularly timeless. I wasn’t too impressed, but I am not the target market. Maybe it was cool in 2000, but jokes about porn and other sexually charged topics fall flat. This particular book hadn’t left the shelves in a decade, so I think we can safely retire it.

Mary

PS As I was googling around for the author, I found out that O’Brien passed away this past April.

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Groovy Men’s Wear to Sew

Men's Wear - cover

It’s easy to sew Men’s Wear
Martensson
1971

It was the cover of this book that got me laughing. The styles! These guys look like they are headed out to some neighborhood swinging cocktail party for a key exchange. Maybe it is the porn stache on the guy with the red shirt and super wide tie. I also like the guy with the striped bellbottoms in the picture below. Everyone looks so groovy. Fashion retrospective not withstanding, I would imagine the techniques are sound, maybe put this gem in costuming for all those kids who want to dress up as swingers for Halloween?

Mary

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Relax in your homemade leisure suit

Sewing for Men and Boys coverSewing for Men and Boys
Simplicity Pattern Corp
1973

Time to get groovy with your sewing machine! The 1970s come alive for all the men in your life. Casual wear to a snappy suit can be yours with this sewing book. I will just let these pictures speak for themselves.

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest public library. Leisure suit optional.

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