Submitted by Len on
After reading this worthy little volume, I thought it might be useful to other M-T acolytes, but I hesitated to mention it, because the content might be considered inconsequential. But, having heard Mark and Mike comment on several occasions on the subject of proper business attire and the professional backlash that might accompany faux pas in that department, I have opted to share with you my thoughts on this book.
Simply put, it is a great book. The author (Nicholas Antongiavanni is his nom de plume) has worked as a speech writer for various highly placed personages, including a President, more than one Secretary of State, et al. The prose is superb. The author has cleverly mastered Machiavelli's writing style, making it a highly entertaining read. At the same time, the book is rich in content. If there's anything you ever wanted to know on the subject of men's style (not fashion--the author makes a clear distinction between the two), you'll find it here.
On top of that, the book provides a brief history of the origins of the suit that would be useful conversation at a cocktail party.
But beware! You might find yourself inspired to improve your mode of dress (or shamed into it), at no little expense. I recently entered a job that calls for "coat and tie" every day. I had previously resolved that I would never spend more than $400 for a suit. After reading this book, I've purchased two "made-to-measure" suits and a tuxedo that each cost me more than $1000, and I actually feel good about it! In fact, I've even purchased tailor-made shirts.
The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style
This book is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! And, one must be discerning when one reads it.
Len's post is spot on.
I spent 10 minutes yesterday with a client executive talking about shoes, trousers, hairstyle, and tailored shirts.
There's a cast in our future on this topic.
You techies, listen up - if you aspire to career growth, your clothes are likely hurting your chances.