Synopses & Reviews
Carson Kressley is the most recognizable name in men's fashion today. With a legion of fans who hang on his every tip and quip, Kressley has single-handedly made it cool for the average guy to care about clothes. In Off the Cuff
, Carson makes over the tired men's style guide with an edgy, hilarious romp through every man's closet: from socks to scarves, from jeans to leather jackets, from the dreaded pleated khaki to the classic pink oxford.
Trading trends for timeless style, Off the Cuff helps readers abandon the chase for "the newest black" or tomorrow's version of the mandarin collar. Kressley delivers a guide that mines each man's unique personality and physique and lets readers in on his best-kept secret that the only thing sure to stay in fashion is the man who wears what's right for him.
Vibrantly illustrated with full-color photographs, and written with Carson's signature wit and irreverence, Off the Cuff is poised to deliver what Queer Eye fans have always wanted: Carson in their closet.
"Kressley, the stylist from Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, lays down fashion rules for men in this thorough and thoroughly entertaining style guide. He sets the tone in his genuine, lively introduction, as he discusses growing up gay in Allentown, Pa. 'I'm here, I'm queer, and I can help you,' he says, continuing, 'I was going to rescue abused teacup yorkies, but then I realized there weren't any, so straight men it is!' Telling readers to consider him their 'very own fashion fairy godstylist,' Kressley covers the wardrobe, from hats to shoes and from overcoat to underwear. He clearly explains his fashion logic and firmly asserts his hobbyhorse irks ('I'm on a mission to eradicate pleated pants in America.... [They] give more room for ugly lumps and bulges, and there's only one bulge we want to see'). Kressley's irreverent though encouraging personality translates nicely to the page (although his 'people' refrain as in 'step away from the flannel, people' wears a bit thin), and is a welcome reprieve from many of the stuffy men's fashion guides in bookstores. Topping his list on what a good pair of jeans can do for you? 'They should get you laid. Oh, come on. Stop pretending to be shocked.' Agent, Richard Abate. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Kressley makes over the tired men's style guide with an edgy, hilarious romp through every man's closet from socks to scarves, from jeans to leather jackets, from the dreaded pleated khaki to the classic pink oxford.
About the Author
A standout member of the Fab Five on the hit television series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Carson Kressley is also a fashion expert for Us magazine and an independent stylist. He received his first couture garment as a child and began developing his fashion sense on the playground. Since those auspicious beginnings, he has earned degrees in Finance and Fine Art from Gettysburg College (where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), and is also a nationally ranked equestrian.
Table of Contents
Chapter One SHOES: Bad Shoes, You Lose, or A Brief History of the Clog
Chapter Two UNDERTHINGS: Underwear, T-shirts, and Naughty Silk Teddies. Just Kidding!
Chapter Three THE DEVIL WEARS PLEATED KHAKIS: The Wide World of Pants, Shorts, and Swimwear
Chapter Four CHEST WEAR THATS BEST WEAR: Shirts and Sweaters, Baby
Chapter Five EVERYONE LOOKS GOOD IN A SUIT, PERIOD: Suits, Blazers, Ties, and Pocket Squares
Chapter Six ITS A WRAP: Jackets, Scarves, Gloves, and Hats
Chapter Seven ACCESSORIES: Last Thing On, First Thing Noticed
Chapter Eight THE EIGHTIES CALLED, THEY WANT YOU HAIR BACK: Skin, Hair, and Nails, and Other Rreasons Why You Should Drink Milk
Chapter Nine WHO WEARS WHAT, WHEN, WHY, AND HOW
Chapter Ten LETS MAKE FASHION HAPPEN, PEOPLE!