The old-fashioned, repressed, un-moisturized man has been banished to the hinterlands and a new breed is taking center stage. He is a man of style, sophistication, and security, just as strong and confident as his predecessor, but far more diverse in his interests, his tastes, and, most importantly, his self-image. He may be seen at an NBA game one night and an art gallery opening the next. Able to navigate any social setting, he is informed, influential, intriguing, and very much in vogue these days. He is the new male ideal: the metrosexual man.So how can the average Joe keep up with this new version of cool? How should he behave, what shoes should he wear, and what CDs should he have in his collection? Answers to these questions and so many other pressing concerns can be found in The Metrosexual Guide to Style. Filled with entertaining anecdotes, famous quotes, helpful hints, dos and don'ts, recommendations and potential pitfalls, this handy guidebook covers everything from dining out to fashion and personal style, home décor to the Metro-mindset. It is the one-stop shop for the impeccably groomed and savvy modern man.
For those who avoid the style pages, the newly minted term"metrosexual" refers to a man with a sense of fashion and a taste for culture, who loves to shop and look good, and may be of ambiguous sexual orientation. According to journalist Mark Simpson, the metrosexual"might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object." Metrosexual wannabes who need some style pointers will find their questions answered in Flocker's handy manual. Like an extended episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the guide gives readers a crash course on music, film, art, home decorating, dating, fitness and grooming at the same time that it teaches them an updated version of Emily Post manners. All the while, the author, a sometime actor and sometime features editor for AOL Time Warner, dispenses his advice with the playful tone of a witty, club-hopping mentor."Every man can benefit from a little self-improvement," he writes in his introduction."Just as you regularly upgrade your computer, your car and, hopefully, your underwear drawer, you can upgrade yourself to become a player in the new era of the metrosexual man." Though Flocker's suggestions are occasionally too dogmatic--he advises readers to always drink imported beer, for example--this guide is a timely capitalization on the recent news articles about metrosexuals, and it approaches its material with thoroughness, warm humor and, yes, style.