The Playbook For The Modern Man

The Essential Style & Fashion Books For The Gentlemen Of Today

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John Waters once said “If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f*** them” and it was as true then as it is now. Even in an age where we read everything off the devices in our hands, people use books as a gauge of who you are. A girl is always going to be more impressed by a book in your apartment than the website you want her to read on your phone.

Books symbolise an intellectual and sophisticated person and these style books will help you dress the part too. Men’s style books will help you avoid all of those avoidable mens fashion fails like white socks with black shoes and neverwear items like cargo pants and crocs. You may think you know what to avoid but guaranteed there are some mistakes you let slip in. 

More importantly though, they will make you a master on the fashion rules like how to wear a suit and how to dress for the occasion. Rules are made to be broken though, for instance did you know that sneakers are no longer just for the gym? Even pairing black and navy is no longer taboo. But you can’t break the rules until you know them inside and out. 

There is always a temptation to buy a nice photography book, it’s hard to beat images of the beach or cities on your coffee table. But books should be more than just pictures on your table, they should be conversation pieces. What better way to spark a conversation than men’s style plus it will impress whoever you have over. 

If you want to be a stylish man you need these books that offer everything from style icons, to suits, etiquette and accessories. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be the most stylish man on the block and after reading these you just may be.

Nordstrom Guide to Men's Style
Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style $8
Esquire The Handbook of Style A Man's Guide to Looking Good
Esquire The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good $17
Preppy Cultivating Ivy Style
Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style $20
Indulgent: The Complete Style Guide For The Modern Man $20
Take Ivy
Take Ivy $25
Esquire The Biggest Black Book Ever A Man's Ultimate Guide to Life and Style
Esquire The Biggest Black Book Ever: A Man’s Ultimate Guide to Life and Style $25
Men and Style Essays, Interviews, and Considerations
Men and Style: Essays, Interviews, and Considerations $29
Fashionisto A Century Of Style Icons
Fashionisto: A Century of Style Icons $30
The Parisian Field Guide to Men's Style
The Parisian Field Guide to Men’s Style $30
The Laws of Style Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman
The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman $30
Bereolaesque The Contemporary Gentleman & Etiquette Book For The Urban Sophisticate
Bereolaesque: The Contemporary Gentleman & Etiquette Book for the Urban Sophisticate $36
Handmade Shoes for Men
Handmade Shoes for Men $39
Icons of Men's Style
Icons of Men’s Style $45
London Sartorial Men's Style From Street to Bespoke
London Sartorial: Men’s Style From Street to Bespoke $45
Dressing the Man Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion $50
Brooks Brothers 200 Years of American Style
Brooks Brothers: 200 Years of American Style $50
CLOTHES AND THE MAN Principles of Fine Men's Dress
CLOTHES AND THE MAN: Principles of Fine Men’s Dress $75
Bespoke The Men's Style of Savile Row
Bespoke: The Men’s Style of Savile Row $150

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Style & Fashion Books FAQ

Can I use my style books as coffee books?

Absolutely. Aside from providing you didactic guides on how to look your best, your style book will do double duty as a coffee table-worthy decoration.

How to choose a style book?

Style books can be about a wide range of topics, from fashion and style, to grooming and general lifestyle. In choosing, pick one that genuinely interests you the most.

How much should I spend on a fashion book?

Depending on factors like cover, paper quality, you can spend between $10 to $30 dollars for a fashion book. Some style books can be more expensive.



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