Book Review: Notoriously Dapper
Notoriously Dapper: How to Be a Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style, and Body Confidence
By Kelvin Davis
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Guiding our sons to be gentlemen, to have a positive body image, to give them a positive male role model.
Notoriously Dapper: How to Be a Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style, and Body Confidence by Kelvin Davis
Kelvin Davis is a father, husband, teacher, model, author, and Instagram influencer. It is important to him that young men growing up today have the confidence to be modern-day gentlemen.
Each chapter touches on a different topic beginning with what it means to be a gentleman. Then Kelvin moves into being confident, being comfortable with how your body looks, and taking care of your mental health. He talks about being a good friend and a good date, the importance of body language and good social behavior, appropriate attire, and how to act in the workplace. He touches on marriage, fatherhood, time management and money.
Following each chapter are a few shots of Kelvin modeling various outfits with captions that talk about having a positive body image.
What I love, love, love about the book is how positive Kelvin is! His core message to our sons is to always be kind. Think about others. Strive to be a better person. Be kind. Be kind. Be kind. My favorite sentence from the book almost brings me to tears because it is such a beautiful, hopeful light in a world that can be so ugly. Kelvin says, “Day by day, if we continue to build each other up with love and random acts of kindness, we will make this world a more amazing place.”
You’ve got a couple options with this book. It is written directly to young men so you could purchase Notoriously Dapper and give it to your son to read. Just be aware that the book does contain some language and touches on topics such as infidelity so you might want to flip through the book before handing it over to your son.
But better yet, don’t give it to your son to read by himself. Read it with him. The chapters are short enough that you could read a chapter a day or over a couple of days. Then talk about the topics as much or as little as your son wants. Some chapters, such as marriage, may not be immediately applicable to him but it will give him something to think about, and hopefully set a positive mental image in his mind. And reading Notoriously Dapper together will give you and your son(s) an opportunity to have some great conversations about topics that might not otherwise come up.
*I requested a digital review copy and the publisher generously provided one. I was under no obligation to review Notoriously Dapper.*