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Posted By: Randy GageDecember 5, 2010

So I was planning to move on from the etiquette topic.  But I forgot to tell you about a few cool books that are really helpful in that area.  

The first two are How to Be a Gentleman and How to Be a Lady. Both really great books.  In fact a couple years ago I ordered about ten cases of them and gave one to the top 175 leaders in my organization.  The titles tells you everything you need to know.

Then for you guys, also grab Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man's Guide to Looking Good. It will help you with things like when to put cuffs on your slacks, what kind of vent you should get on your suits for you body type, what eyeglasses work best for your face type, and lots of other cool stuff.  Grab it and you’ll be smilin’ and stylin’ baby!

You can link to each of these at Amazon by clicking on the title.  Ladies, sorry but I don’t really know the best book about style for you.  If you have any you recommend, please share them below.

-RG

11 comments on “Rico Suave”

  1. I have no one book to recommend on style & elegance for women. But I recall how I absorbed the essence of some strong influences for me since I was very young from a cacophony of books, movies and plays. Part of my dance training required the studying of different ways of being, so somewhere along the way I realized that style is so much more than what one wears - it's about how one BE. This help developed a passion for studying different influences, diversity and of opposites to form a certain style.

    The earliest influence I can remember besides ballets and Disney cartoons was Enid Blyton and her various series about strong adolescent women. She's amazing at character development in her books. Classics like the Bronte sisters' Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice illustrates fascinating insights on how to be a lady - some points not too old-fashioned in my opinion even for today.

    For insights from the Asian cultures; I highly recommend reading Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China on the life of the Soong Sisters, Memoirs of a Geisha & The World Of Suzie Wong, about a hooker - great for a switch of perspectives.

    For movies & plays; My Fair Lady was amazing, The Devil Wears Prada, all the Sex & The City movies have awesome presentations of different styles and levels of elegance & vulgarity, The Princess Diaries (TOTALLY chick flick, but very cool in a fun, crash course deportment education kinda way), & anything with Audrey Hepburn.

    But if you're talking 1 stop shop for female elegance & classiness - I'd say anything on Coco Chanel is worth checking out. She epitomized IT!

    Fun topic, thanks - especially for the book links, I can't wait to help create more gentlemen! 🙂

  2. There are several miths (mind viruses) about women and their bodies shapes, how they should look or dress. Carol Tuttle (thecarolblog.com) is helping women to discover the personal beauty profile and express it. Her work is very interesting.

  3. For personal style as a woman I always think Barbie is Brilliant. Wether she is a pet vet, lifegaurd, racecar driver, or Butterfly Princess, she always manages the perfect outfit for any occasion.
    If you ladies are not convinced Barbie is the ultimate fashionista, I know a place where you can find out information on any topic in the world... at your local library. Any Librarian worth their salt will know which book is the most current and the most instructive(and trust me there are lots of salty librarians out there). One disclaimer: public libraries are a socialst haven. Libraries are the only truly universal and most successfull social welfare program in America.

  4. I thought this was an early April Fools trick you were playing on us at first!
    I agree that manners, politeness, personal grooming etc are basic essentials which cost nothing and make the world a better place for all.
    However, the book you recommend for us women has appalling reviews on Amazon as it doesn't deliver what the title says.

  5. My recommendations for women's fashion:

    The best guide for understanding overall body shape and scale (or, why I need fabrics with texture and why I look ridiculous in tiny jewelry) : "Always In Style" by Doris Pooser. Acropolis Books, 1985.

    For how to flatter specific body sections (long waist, short legs, thick ankles, etc): "Style RX" by Bridgette Raes. Perigee Books, 2008.

    For choosing colors of clothes: "Color Me Confident" by Veronique Henderson and Pat Henshaw. Hachette Book Group (Octopus Books USA), 2006.

    I am a tall woman, so I recommend "Tall and Terrific" by Rikke Anderson. Doubleday and Company, 1985. This is out of print yet worth the search.

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  • 11 comments on “Rico Suave”

    1. I have no one book to recommend on style & elegance for women. But I recall how I absorbed the essence of some strong influences for me since I was very young from a cacophony of books, movies and plays. Part of my dance training required the studying of different ways of being, so somewhere along the way I realized that style is so much more than what one wears - it's about how one BE. This help developed a passion for studying different influences, diversity and of opposites to form a certain style.

      The earliest influence I can remember besides ballets and Disney cartoons was Enid Blyton and her various series about strong adolescent women. She's amazing at character development in her books. Classics like the Bronte sisters' Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice illustrates fascinating insights on how to be a lady - some points not too old-fashioned in my opinion even for today.

      For insights from the Asian cultures; I highly recommend reading Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China on the life of the Soong Sisters, Memoirs of a Geisha & The World Of Suzie Wong, about a hooker - great for a switch of perspectives.

      For movies & plays; My Fair Lady was amazing, The Devil Wears Prada, all the Sex & The City movies have awesome presentations of different styles and levels of elegance & vulgarity, The Princess Diaries (TOTALLY chick flick, but very cool in a fun, crash course deportment education kinda way), & anything with Audrey Hepburn.

      But if you're talking 1 stop shop for female elegance & classiness - I'd say anything on Coco Chanel is worth checking out. She epitomized IT!

      Fun topic, thanks - especially for the book links, I can't wait to help create more gentlemen! 🙂

    2. There are several miths (mind viruses) about women and their bodies shapes, how they should look or dress. Carol Tuttle (thecarolblog.com) is helping women to discover the personal beauty profile and express it. Her work is very interesting.

    3. For personal style as a woman I always think Barbie is Brilliant. Wether she is a pet vet, lifegaurd, racecar driver, or Butterfly Princess, she always manages the perfect outfit for any occasion.
      If you ladies are not convinced Barbie is the ultimate fashionista, I know a place where you can find out information on any topic in the world... at your local library. Any Librarian worth their salt will know which book is the most current and the most instructive(and trust me there are lots of salty librarians out there). One disclaimer: public libraries are a socialst haven. Libraries are the only truly universal and most successfull social welfare program in America.

    4. I thought this was an early April Fools trick you were playing on us at first!
      I agree that manners, politeness, personal grooming etc are basic essentials which cost nothing and make the world a better place for all.
      However, the book you recommend for us women has appalling reviews on Amazon as it doesn't deliver what the title says.

    5. My recommendations for women's fashion:

      The best guide for understanding overall body shape and scale (or, why I need fabrics with texture and why I look ridiculous in tiny jewelry) : "Always In Style" by Doris Pooser. Acropolis Books, 1985.

      For how to flatter specific body sections (long waist, short legs, thick ankles, etc): "Style RX" by Bridgette Raes. Perigee Books, 2008.

      For choosing colors of clothes: "Color Me Confident" by Veronique Henderson and Pat Henshaw. Hachette Book Group (Octopus Books USA), 2006.

      I am a tall woman, so I recommend "Tall and Terrific" by Rikke Anderson. Doubleday and Company, 1985. This is out of print yet worth the search.

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