Blogs, magazines, and sites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr are a great source of style inspiration. They help you find out about the latest trends, best brands, and how to style your clothes. If you want to learn more about classic men’s fashion and clothing, a good old book is the way to go. To facilitate the process of finding the right book for you, we compiled a list of the best books on style and fashion for men. From timeless advice to style icons and accessories, these are the books you should add to your collection.
1. Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion by Bernhard Roetzel
This a great style reference book that teaches you everything you need to know about menswear. Roetzel uses his expertise to present you with a truly unique view on the topic fully supported by beautiful images. In it, he addresses all men’s fashion issues from bespoke suits to dress shirts to grooming and much more. He sums up pretty much everything you need to be a well-dressed man.
2. Icons of Men’s Style by Josh Sims
Icons of Men’s Style examines different iconic pieces of men’s clothing and accessories from blue jeans to brogues. Aviators, tweed jackets, and the like are all featured. This collection of essays focuses on men’s fashion staples, exploring each garment by importance, popularity, origin, and history. Stories are also shared about pieces’ designs, the brands that started it all, and how each item impacted the way men dress today.
3. Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion by Alan Flusser
This book is a how-to guide for guys that want to dress well and look stylish. It explains the rules of dressing and showcases history and clothing classification. The tutorials in the book include: what to look for when trying on clothes, how to tie a bow tie, pattern-on-pattern coordination, how to choose flattering clothing for your body type, and the true meaning of “business casual.” This is a must-have reference book for any man.
4. Handmade Shoes for Men by Laszlo Vass and Magda Molnar
This is the perfect book for shoe lovers. In Handmade Shoes For Men, you’ll find a collection of specials essays that provide insights into the history of shoe fashion and the shoemaking craft. Every page has a beautiful photograph illustrating each stage in the making of these works of art in leather.
5. ABC of Men’s Fashion by Sir Hardy Amies
This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to up their style game. The guide was first published in 1964, and it was uniquely written as a dictionary of fashion terms. You can use it as a glossary when you want to know the most obscure of menswear names. Written with wit and expert knowledge, Amies guides you safely through style decisions on everything from shoes to blazers.