Men’s Style

The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Men’s Style is a personal and knowledgeable compendium of tasteful advice for the thinking man on how to dress and shop for clothes in a world of conflicting fashion imperatives. This sophisticated and witty book by the popular Globe and Mail columnist combines nuggets of history and the sociology of masculine attire with a practical and supremely useful guide to achieving an elegant and affordable wardrobe for work and play.

In chapters and amusing sidebars on shoes, suits, shirts and ties, formal and casual wear, underwear and swimsuits, cufflinks and watches, coats, hats, and scarves, Russell Smith steers a confident course between the hazards of blandness and vulgarity to articulate a philosophy of dress that can take you anywhere. He tells you what the rules are for looking the part at the office, a formal function, or the hippest party, and when you can toss those rules aside.

Men’s Style is supplemented throughout with fifty black-and-white illustrations and diagrams by illustrator Edwin Fotheringham.

From the Hardcover edition.


All the world is not, of course, a stage, but the crucial ways in which it ­isn’t are not easy to specify.

You need one. I ­don’t care if you work in your basement. I ­don’t care if you’re an artist. A grown-­up...
Read More


“Supersedes all other men’s style guides.”
Globe and Mail

“A sober and much needed guide to la mode masculine.”
Montreal Gazette

“A lively, witty yet sensible primer designed to educate North American men of all ages.”
Vancouver Sun