The Laws of Style Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-06
  • Publisher: Ankerwycke

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We are in the midst of a cultural shift––an aesthetic inflection point––where business norms in manners of dress are changing. “Casual Friday” has given way to the full-time casual workplace. With so many sartorial options you need advice. “The Laws of Style” are just that––clear rules for sartorial presentation through the very practical viewpoint of the office reality of the service professional (lawyer, banker, accountant, consultant)––and yet the Laws are so much more. This book is an exploration from an intrepid fellow service professional (leading fashion lawyer Douglas Hand) into spheres of self-expression with the goal of not only enhancing your career, but enriching your life. To put this in some perspective: if you are a strutting fop fresh out of graduate school, the Laws may rein in some of your exhibitionism. Your innate curiosity, however, will be refined and encouraged by the Laws, giving you a subtle sophistication within your budget. Alternatively, if you are a grinding service partner who couldn't care less about fashion, the Laws will escalate your style game and elevate your standing. The Laws will also expose you to menswear and why we wear it, giving you a degree of sartorial appreciation from which you can actually begin to revel in the self-expression your choice of dress affords you.

Witty, bright, charming, and informative, The Laws of Style is at the same time a striking visual resource with more than 40 illustrations created by renowned fashion illustrator Rodrigo Saldana. In addition to the author's 54 “laws of style,” the book includes short introductions to highlighted designers relevant to each Law. More than just a simple dress-for-success guide, author Hand's erudite, creative, elegant, and whimsical narrative style is a fitting tribute to the laws he has created to assist you in establishing and elevating your own style—both professional as well as personal.

Author Biography

Douglas Hand is one of the preeminent fashion lawyers in the United States and a generally sharp dressed man. He is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards Guild which votes on the designers to receive CFDA Awards. Douglas is also on the Fashion Institute of Technology's Couture Council. He is an adjunct professor of Fashion Law at both NYU and Cardozo School of Law. Douglas has been featured and profiled in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, the American Bar Association Journal, Women's Wear Daily, and The Business of Fashion. Before becoming a founding partner of HBA LLP, he was an M&A lawyer at Shearman & Sterling LLP. He received his JD and MBA from NYU. His ongoing musings on style can be followed at @handlawsofstyle.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Importance of Professional Presentation
Chapter 2. Dressing Relative to Your Clients
Chapter 3. Dressing Relative to Your Employer
Chapter 4. Insouciance and Breaches of the Laws
Chapter 5. From the Ground Up: Shoes
Chapter 6. Sock It to Me
Chapter 7. The Suit: Our Uniform
Chapter 8. Shirting
Chapter 9. Ties and Pocket Squares
Chapter 10. Business Casual
Chapter 11. Patterns and Textures: Mixing and Matching
Chapter 12. Functional Accessories
Chapter 13. Outerwear
Chapter 14. More Accessorizing: Timepieces/“Jewelry
Chapter 15. Feeling Good Means Looking Good and Breaking the Laws
Appendix A - The Laws
Appendix B - Playlist
Subject Index
Name Index
Brand Index

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