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DESIGNER LETS MEN IN ON WAYS TO DRESS LIKE A GENTLEMAN

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Men who grow up in affluent families and attend prep schools sometimes have an advantage because they learn the finer points of gentleman dressing. Alan Flusser, a New York clothing designer, did, and in his most recent book, "Style and the Man" (HarperStyle), he means to share.

Not only does he tell men how to shop, how to care for and wear the clothes, but also where to shop - on the road. He treks from Milan and Rome to Chicago.Some of Flusser's points:

- Trouser bottoms should break slightly on the top of the shoe. Trouser cuffs add weight and keep the cuff close to the shoe.

- If you know how you want to dress, look for a sales associate in a retail store dressed in that manner.

- Short heavy men should wear side vents.

- Most men wear dress shirts with sleeves too short, collars too small and wrists too full.

- An otherwise well-dressed man can mar his entire presentation with a necktie "overwrought in design."

- Black shoes may be appropriate for navy suits but brown ones offer flexibility. Like a "polished mahogany table," they can add an "expensive aura."

- A man should never let skin show between trouser and socks: "An egregious breach. . . ."