F*** Yeah Menswear: Bespoke Knowledge for the Crispy Gentleman, by Kevin Burrows and Lawrence Schlossman ($20)
Summary of F*** Yeah Menswear
In your hands is an Amazonian blowgun full of deadly knowledge darts ready to be delivered straight to your cranium.
You’re about to begin a journey that will end in only one way—with you standing naked in an abandoned ravine watching as your old wardrobe slowly burns. Let this be your illustrated Iliad for dressing better.
Don’t sleep. Read F*** Yeah Menswear. Refer to it. Cite it in your dissertation. Owning this book sends a very clear message to your peers, coworkers, and loved ones: “I’m trill as f***.”
Review of F*** Yeah Menswear
I don’t know much about menswear, and I don’t follow men’s fashion blogs such as the F*** Yeah Menswear blog. Yes, that’s right. It started out (and continues) as a Tumblr blog just two years ago, written by two anonymous bloggers, one in New York and one in Los Angeles.
Now they’ve produced a book, obviously called F*** Yeah Menswear — and it is wickedly satirical, incredibly clever, and way cooler than anything I’ve ever read. We won’t even get into how much cooler it is than anything I’ve ever written. Take, for example, the Ivy/Trad Style Archetype. Their strengths? “Nostalgia, SATs, driving Beemers, looking like a college professor, smelling musty.” Weaknesses? “Subtle monograms, secret clubs, Jazz lounges, talking to philistines.”
This is the type of wit that rolls so effortlessly from Kevin Burrows and Lawrence Schlossman. The writing, the photography, the entire concept…it’s brilliant and witty and brilliantly witty. Luckily, they’ve included a glossary, so you won’t have to wonder what words like “sprezz” mean. (“Sprezz,” by the way, is a shortened form of sprezzatura, an Italian word describing a casual nonchalance exhibited in how one wears their clothing.)
F*** Yeah Menswear might not be everyone’s taste, but it will certainly appeal to anyone who enjoys fashion, humor, and/or poking fun at absurdity. By the same token, Burrows and Schlossman do provide some fashion advice that’s well worth the price of admission. Definitely fun…and definitely a great gift for anyone who takes menswear too seriously — or those who don’t. So, basically, everyone.
You can purchase F*** Yeah Menswear at Amazon.
I was not compensated for writing this review. I received a copy of F*** Yeah Menswear for review. This post contains an affiliate link. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.