I’m often asked what book to give to a young, aspiring Gentleman. My answer is always the same: Bernhard Roetzel’s book “Gentleman – A Timeless Guide to Fashion”. This is one of the best books ever written on the subject of menswear.
There is a certain time in a young boys life, most commonly in his early teens when he will start to develop and wish to express his identity. The clothes we wear is probably the strongest signal we send to our surroundings when it comes down to how we wish to be perceived.
You would expect a different attitude from a boy in a British school uniform, then the same boy wearing a caps with his jeans sagging. The old saying “Clothes make the man” is true. People respond to the signals we send, and we are acting differently according to how we are treated.
[bctt tweet=”Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
― Mark Twain”]
What book to give to a young, aspiring Gentleman?
A book can be a terrific source of inspiration. In my view, it does not matter much if the format is paper or digital. The most important are that the book is being read.
I’m often asked what book to give to a young, aspiring Gentleman. My answer is always the same. Bernhard Roetzel’s book “Gentleman – A Timeless Guide to Fashion” is one of the best books ever written on the subject of menswear. The book has 360 pages and covers literally everything from head to toe. Not only does it go into detail on everything from how the shirt should fit (and not fit) and what type of shoes to wear for different outfits, you do also get a brief history of the different subjects and a quick explanation of what to look for when buying a new suit or a hat.
UPDATE: Since I bought the book, it has been revised and got a new cover:
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The internet is full of information, not all of it to be trusted. I find that having this book as a reference makes it easier not to fall into the many pitfalls. A physical book also gives you the possibility to get some offline time and thus be able to concentrate on the subject of the book without all the temptations that are only a mouse-click away.