Southampton - "Many men think it no longer matters how they dress, but it most definitely does," says Glen R. Sondag, a Chicago investment advisor. "Whether we like it or not, we are often judged by what the wear - to work, at social events, and numerous other outings. It never hurts to look your best."
The problem, Sondag acknowledges, is that men get little guidance from each other and often resist advice from their girlfriends or wives. They don't read or trust articles on the latest fashions for men, and vague terms such as "business casual" leave them confused.
"Men rely on their own instincts or whatever feels comfortable to them, often with disastrous results," observes Sondag. "Most men could use some help."
Sondag, known as a sharp dresser ever since his youth, realized he could help out. He has written "Anything Other Than Naked," a practical guide for men on how to dress properly for every occasion.
"My book began as a list of do's and don'ts for my four sons," he says. "My mother, a skilled seamstress who made all of her own clothes and some of mine, taught me everything about fabrics, tailoring, fit, clothing construction, and the value of always dressing appropriately. While in graduate school, I worked in a clothing store and spent every dime I made on clothes. My interest in clothes has never waned."
"Anything Other Than Naked" is a small, illustrated 86-page book with separate chapters on how to evaluate, select, and wear each item of clothing - from suits, shirts, ties, and trousers to sweaters, belts, shoes, and outerwear. One chapter focuses on matching suits, shirts and ties. Another chapter titled "Potpourri" touches upon wallets, men's jewelry and watches, laundering, and grooming.
Unsponsored by any purveyor, Sondag recommends a number of clothing brands, stores and catalogs that sell quality men's clothing.
Sondag concludes "Anything Other Than Naked" with 45 Tips for Dressing Well. Among them are:
• When tied, your necktie should be no shorter than the top of your belt buckle and no longer than the bottom.
• Never secure the bottom button on a suit jacket, but always button the one above it.
• Your socks should be the same color as your trousers (or darker).
• Your shoes should be darker than your suit.