Blast from the past


Does looking through an album of black-and-white wedding photographs make you long for a time when men really knew how to dress? Offering tips on everything from finding a great tailor to selecting the perfect linen shirt, these three old-fashioned etiquette books are full of sartorial advice for your groom. My favorite, Etiquette for the Well-Dressed Man, will definitely prevent your groom from making a fashion faux-pas. —Kathryn Papanek

Check out a sampling of the book's best golden age fashion tips below:

"It is a mistake to suppose that it is a waste of time to dress well; a well-dressed man need not spend any more time in dressing than a badly dressed man does...


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If you are married, one of your duties to your wife is to be well dressed. No woman with any self respect likes a slovenly man. If you are not married, you owe it to your future wife.

When you visit your tailor, be your normal self. Do not hold your breath when the tape is going around what is left of your shapely waist. Never mind if you have got an inch bigger in the waist. Very likely it isn't your fault and you can comfort yourself with the reflection that many a man of the lean kind would welcome that extra inch.

It is not considered good taste for a man to wear much jewellery. A plain handsome ring, studs and sleeve-links, a watch-chain without pendants, will always look more manly and aristocratic than a great display of elaborate ornaments."

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