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Best Things First: Taste Maker

Alan Flusser (212.888.4500) literally wrote the book on dressing the world’s most elegant men. The 30-year veteran clothing designer, custom suitmaker, and personal wardrobe consultant has penned four volumes on the subject. His latest is Dressing the Man (Harper Collins, 2002), a 307-page tome that instructs the sartorially challenged on such tangled topics as proportion and scale, business/casual dressing, and how to effectively combine patterns.

Flusser puts his words into practice as the owner of an eponymous shop in New York City. There he makes custom suits and shirts as well as all of the accoutrements that go with them, and offers his expert advice on how to wear them. “Men need to know about proportion to dress well,”he explains. “Almost every decision a man makes about fabric and color has to do with how they relate to the face, the part of the body that does the communicating.” If your clothes are distracting, he says, “it detracts from your presentation.”

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