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    Default GQ/Esquire/other men's magazines

    Anyone read these?

    Awhile back I got subscriptions to both magazines.
    I imagined that these were high end magazines for men, that taught you style, culture, and sophistication.

    Anyways, I was pretty disappointed.
    The articles on the actors gracing the covers were just throw away puff pieces to me.
    The articles...they were okay, while some were freaking great.

    But I kind of felt like the sophisticated/cultured part wasn't really there.
    For example, the few times they featured little pages on men's fragrances, it seemed like they only featured the latest mainstream stuff that was coming out.
    I would have though a men's magazine would feature stuff that's not normally pushed by the 19 year old sales associate at Macy's. I feel like those articles or pages were just meant to make their advertisers happy.

    Same goes for fashion.
    They'd give style tips on what to wear, and it'd always be what's current, not taking into account people's age or body types, or whatever.

    What's your opinions on these types of magazines?
    Am I being too harsh? Do you have good memories of them?
    Currently subscribe?

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    I had the same impression you had. The target, and thus the advertisers that paid for the magazine, weren't really what I was looking for. Not sure in the US, but in Italy we had magazines like Vogue uomo that at least showed nice clothes, though the situation for perfumes was always dire.

    cacio

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    I like Fantastic Man, which has connections to Byredo

    What drives me nuts is photos saying 'Shirt £550 Gucci' and it is hidden under a coat!

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    I have long been a fan of Esquire--sort of a guilty pleasure for me--but recently it seems that it is no longer geared towards someone like me. Much less useful as a source of information. Sadly, really....
    Very clearly a case for corn flakes and classics
    Currently wearing: Bois du Portugal by Creed

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    Used to read them,not anymore. An alternative would be The Rake ,Vogue Homme.

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    +1 on The Rake

    Been reading it since the beginning years ago, started by a fellow countryman, no less.

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    I would just stay away from these publications. You're right, they are advertisers' heaven, and mostly misguiding, except (perhaps) if you just want to know what are the current day's fashion trends.

    Regarding men's style, you can find much better advice on internet. Forums like styleforum, askandyaboutclothes, reddit (and many, many others) are good places to start, even if some of the users may sound a bit snobbish to novices (as it happens in any forum, right?).

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    Default Re: GQ/Esquire/other men's magazines

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciprian View Post
    Used to read them,not anymore.
    Likewise.
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    Used to read GQ quite regularly, these days I'm more inclined towards The Chap and Garden & Gun when seeking sartorial advice

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    When these magazines decided to politicize almost everything and denigrate faith in large portions, they lost me.

    There was a time from about 1983 or so through probably 1995 that I bought almost every issue of each.

    I enjoy Men's Health magazine more these days.

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    Default Re: GQ/Esquire/other men's magazines

    My husband & stepson prefer Men’s Journal.

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    I have Men's Health...occasionally I'll read Men's Journal or Outside at the airport or something. To be honest, I'd probably subscribe to Playboy before Esquire and GQ. I feel both those magazines take themselves too seriously and appeal to a niche subsection of wealthy professionals. Not many people want to read about fashion that costs $2500 for a peacoat that is fashionable in the NE primarily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerbullet View Post
    I have Men's Health...occasionally I'll read Men's Journal or Outside at the airport or something. To be honest, I'd probably subscribe to Playboy before Esquire and GQ. I feel both those magazines take themselves too seriously and appeal to a niche subsection of wealthy professionals. Not many people want to read about fashion that costs $2500 for a peacoat that is fashionable in the NE primarily.
    That's what I like about Men's Health fashion tips...they're more relevant to real guys and actually stuff I can afford and would wear. Much more practical.




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