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12+ Of The Best Men’s Style & Fashion Books (2011 Edition)

To me, owning a collection of books has always been important. Not only for impressing ladies when they visit, but for learning stuff too. Whilst I do tend to purchase photography books more than style books, they’re still an important part of the collection. These top men’s style books offer everything from style icons, to suits, etiquette and accessories. There’s nothing you won’t know after reading these.


Book #1: Bespoke: Men’s Style of Savile Row
I’ve only recently purchased this book and it’s nothing short of impressive. From Huntsman to Henry Poole, through war times to today, Bespoke – The Men’s Style of Saville Row is a must own book for any men’s style aficionado. BUY

Book #2:Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
A tour of men’s clothing that will never go out of style is what all men search for. This book explains how to mix patterns, what to look for when trying on clothes, correct positioning for a bow tie and how to look a million bucks. Elegant and sophisticated. A must read! BUY

Book #3: Icons of Men’s Style
Recently purchased, it’s a great collection of classics. Not only the gents, but the gadgets, garments and accessories which have been made famous by movies, music and culture. Just a good coffee table book to own. BUY

Book #4: Take Ivy
Originating from Japan and first published in 1968, Take Ivy is a look into the world of the preppy men’s style movement. Personally, just the thought of Grammar School schmucks makes me want to eat glass, but I’ll put my opinions aside and recommend this book for the shelf. BUY

Book #5: Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style
Another preppy style book that’s sure to please those polo shirt and chino wearing types. It’s not currently available, however it will be on Amazon by October 2011. PRE ORDER

Book #6: Men’s Style Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Making Your Clothes Work for You
With the world’s longest book title, you better hope it’s worth your hard earned pesos. Put together by the good people at Details, this book gives every man the wardrobe wisdom he needs in order to reach both his professional and personal goals. I call bullshit, but you be the judge. BUY

Book #7: Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good
The clever chaps at Esquire have created this great little handbook of style. Never shall yee be alone in the wardrobe of life. Pragmatic, illustrated and laced with Esquire’s trademark humor, Esquire The Handbook of Style brings readers vital information on every aspect of a man’s wardrobe. We rate it ever so highly. BUY

Book #8 Handmade Shoes For Men 
I love shoes. Yeah I know, that’s something a woman says, but who cares. Women always looks at a man’s shoes, so they should always be quality. This little ripper features special essays that provide insights into the history of shoe fashion and the shoemaking craft, while color photographs illustrate each stage in the making of these works of art in leather. Noice. BUY

Book #9: Clothes and the Man: The Principles of Fine Men’s Dress
A sense of style is acquired, says menswear designer Flusser, which I disagree with, I know someone who was born with it. Jerk. The ultimate aim of this book is to try to educate the reader about the basic principles of fine dressing. There are tips on fit and colour coordination, recommendations for appropriate wear for different occasions, and clothing suggestions for other-than-average figures. BUY

Book #10 Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style
Nordstrom are a powerhouse of men’s fashion, so this book is no exception. Designed to help us blokes tell the difference between your herringbone, your seersucker, your pinstripe and your checks. A simple tell all book. BUY

Book #11 Bereolaesque: The Contemporary Gentleman & Etiquette Book For The Urban Sophisticate
Chosen because of it’s funny name, this book is more on the etiquette tip, but still packs enough fashion punch to teach you right from wrong. Great black and white photography and writing designed to banish the boring gent. Leather jackets are ok, kids. BUY

Book #12: Fashionisto: A century of Style Icons
Another style icon book, but refreshing enough to keep you more than occupied. The lowdown: A century of style icons are profiled here in their finery and frippery, making for a colourful and inspiring flick. BUY

Bonus!! Book #13 The Sneaker Colouring Book
This is the book my girlfriend didn’t buy me…. She’ll keep. We’re taking the piss, but we don’t want our readers becoming too proper. After reading these books, take some time to colour in some of the fresh sneakers to avoid becoming a wanker. BUY


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18 Jul, 2011

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Editor-In-Chief