In a league of its own

It would be fair to say that true style can't be taught, an adage which must concern the publishers of the latest style guide to hit the shelves "The Ivy Look: An Illustrated Pocket Guide to Classic American Clothing".

Nonetheless, the book is a competent pictorial guide to a look which has endured the test of time. Featuring more tailored polo shirts, army-issue chinos and glossy side partings than you can shake a stick at, the guide takes a chronological look at the clothing and accessories which defined the decade between 1955 and 1965.

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Made famous by the likes of Paul Newman, JFK and Dustin Hoffman circa "The Graduate", before being adopted by Mods in London and the Riviera set on the continent, the Ivy look - despite being somewhat samey - is all about simple masculine elegance. Featuring snippets of invaluable advice such as "Ivy trousers are always flat-fronted", alongside magazine adverts from the era and even a series of shots from vintage American Esquire outlining "the original college wardrobe", the guide would be a welcome addition to the shelves of any discerning Esquire man.

"The Ivy Look: An Illustrated Pocket Guide to Classic American Clothing" by Graham Marsh and JP Gaul will be available to buy from September 16 for £12.99

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