Smooth Operators

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Universe Pub., 2007 - Design - 96 pages
Fashion is a fickle friend. Smooth Operator is an anti-style bible that catalogs (and celebrates) the very worst male fashion trends of the 70's and 80's. It is studded with . . . "studs" photographed in their natural habitat of cool bars, poolside lounge chairs, hopelessly fuel-inefficient sports cars, and . . . er, menswear catalogs. This pictorial celebration charts the changing fashion trends adorned by the hunks who were "macho, macho men" at a time when the Village People were chart toppers. Later, they were the Aqua Velva men with the latest in velour track suits, and ultimately they graduated to the white Miami Vice lounge-suit without socks and big hair. Today's waxed and moisturized "metrosexual" will be agape at the copious display of chest hair on the "smooth operators" featured in underwear styles now deemed to be causes of impotence. Nylon no-wrinkle leisure suits, kimono-style sleepwear, chest hair revealing one-piece lounge wear, the vicissitudes of hairstyles, slip-on shoes, bikini underwear in bold colors-flick through these pages and relive two decades of men's fashion disasters. Funny and nostalgic, this book is the ideal tongue-in-cheek gag gift for birthdays and anti-Valentine's Day as well as a rueful consolation for your best friend's worst date yet.

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Facial hair mustached and mingling
Body hair the mark of a real Wolf
Slacks for the ultimate casual look

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About the author (2007)

Richard Jarman studied history at Oxford University and is the author of Bad Fashion and No Place Like Home. He lives in London.

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