Historical: The Looks Men Love by Vincent Roppatte

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I haven’t done a historical series in a while! I got The Looks Men Love recently and I’ve decided to feature at least the style types of this book, which I discovered via a friend’s Facebook post.

The Looks Men Love

This book’s title is off-putting, to say the least, in 2018. The point of view the book takes, the focus on what men want, is the main reason why this book is in the “historical” category for me. It was published in 1985, which makes it a contemporary to Kibbe’s book, but while Kibbe’s book focuses on being the star of your own life, this book’s focus is more on looking your best so you can attract the men you want and who would naturally be attracted to you… and this obviously immediately excludes the members of the book’s potential audience for whom whether or not men are attracted to them has zero relevance to their lives. And personally, even as someone who is attracted to men, men are not my focus when dressing. I take the point of view that if I dress to reveal my best self, whatever that is to me, being more attractive to people I’d be attracted to is more like a natural end result, rather than a goal. Also, he limits certain types by age and weight, which I don’t care for.

But this book is still interesting for a number of reasons. The first is that Vincent Roppatte, who passed away in 2016, worked with pretty much every prominent woman of at least the second half of the 20th century: Audrey. Liza. Jackie. Marilyn. Grace. Joan. Marlene. Oprah. The authors of the cover blurbs include Jamie Lee Curtis, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lee Radziwill.

The other reason is that, if you’re able to overlook the whole focusing-on-men thing, the book itself is fun. There are six types: Sensual, Romantic, Girl Next Door, Cool Sophisticate, Take Charge-Chic, and Gamine. It’s different enough for me to take the time to share the information with you all, plus there is a Fantasy Woman aspect that no other system I’ve seen has. He also talks about, say, what kind of food and music these different types like, in an amusing way. I was able to immediately place some of my color and style friends, and even if the presentation is dated, I think the information will still be of interest to many of you.

I hope to get all of these posts up in the coming weeks, while I’m on a break from grad school. I think you will all find it at least interesting, if not useful.

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4 Comments on Historical: The Looks Men Love by Vincent Roppatte

  1. SilverRoxen
    December 23, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading this. I’ve seen this concept on femininity blogs that I’ve read it the past. Plus it kind of sounds like the idea of niche dating. I’m a Soft Gamin in Kibbe so I’m curious as to where I fit in.

    Also, I know you must be enjoying your break frim grad school. I graduated frI’m undergrad last week and looking back on my academic history, I’ve been in school for a long time lol.

    • stylesyntax
      December 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Congratulations! This is my third go at grad school, so I have definitely been in school for a long time!

      I haven’t heard of femininity blogs… The nice thing about it is that it relies a little less on appearance, so it can help you make SG your own, if you find the info useful.

      • Silver Roxen
        December 28, 2018 at 9:55 am

        Thank you! Femininity blogs pretty much teach the “art of being a woman”. I used to read them when I was a teenager because I wanted to be refined. Looking back on that time in my life I laugh, because I tried to make myself into someone I wasn’t.

  2. Keturah
    December 27, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Absolutely looking forward to this series of posts! I saw an image consultant six years ago that I now know used similar types as Roppatte. (She was fantastic! She was a costumer and really knew how to dress for both spirit and body.) Sadly, she is no longer consulting. Since I could use a refresh and morale boost, I will be devouring your oncoming posts and might even purchase his book.

    I have a feeling I am either Sensual or Romantic. Curious to see once you post more!


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