The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman

The Laws of Style is an exploration from an intrepid fellow service professional (leading fashion lawyer Douglas Hand) into spheres of self-expression with the goal of not only enhancing your career, but enriching your life.

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We are in the midst of a cultural shift––an aesthetic inflection point––where business norms in manners of dress are changing. “Casual Friday” has given way to the full-time casual workplace. With so many sartorial options you need advice. “The Laws of Style” are just that––clear rules for sartorial presentation through the very practical viewpoint of the office reality of the service professional (lawyer, banker, accountant, consultant)––and yet the Laws are so much more.

The Laws of Style is an exploration from an intrepid fellow service professional (leading fashion lawyer Douglas Hand) into spheres of self-expression with the goal of not only enhancing your career, but enriching your life. To put this in some perspective: if you are a strutting fop fresh out of graduate school, the Laws may rein in some of your exhibitionism. Your innate curiosity, however, will be refined and encouraged by the Laws, giving you a subtle sophistication within your budget. Alternatively, if you are a grinding service partner who couldn’t care less about fashion, the Laws will escalate your style game and elevate your standing.

The Laws will also expose you to menswear and why we wear it, giving you a degree of sartorial appreciation from which you can actually begin to revel in the self-expression your choice of dress affords you.

Witty, bright, charming, and informative, The Laws of Style is at the same time a striking visual resource with more than 40 illustrations created by renowned fashion illustrator Rodrigo Saldana. In addition to the author’s 54 “laws of style,” the book includes short introductions to highlighted designers relevant to each Law. More than just a simple dress-for-success guide, author Hand’s erudite, creative, elegant, and whimsical narrative style is a fitting tribute to the laws he has created to assist you in establishing and elevating your own style—both professional as well as personal.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Importance of Professional Presentation
Chapter Two: Relativity Theory
Chapter Three: Dressing Relative to Your Employer
Chapter Four: Insouciance and Breaking the Laws
Chapter Five: From the Ground Up – Shoes
Chapter Six: Socks – Sock it to Me
Chapter Seven: The Suit – Our Uniform
Chapter Eight: Shirting
Chapter Nine: Ties and Pocket Squares
Chapter Ten: Business Casual
Chapter Eleven: Patterns and Textures – Mixing and Matching
Chapter Twelve: Functional Accessories
Chapter Thirteen: Accessorizing Timepieces/”Jewelry”
Chapter Fourteen: Personal Grooming
Chapter Fifteen: Feeling Good Means Looking Good and Breaking the Laws
Appendix A: The Laws
Appendix B: Brands to Know