There’s never a better time to build or re-brand your personal style than the coming of a new year. These six men’s fashion books are filled with iconic style inspiration, fashion advice, and lifestyle hacks to help you map out your 2015 wardrobe and keep yourself looking sharp on even your most casual days.
1. 100 Years of Menswear, by Cally Blackman
Fashion historian Cally Blackman offers a beautiful collection of photographs and film stills covering menswear styles over the last 100 years. This book is a great reference for fashion students and menswear enthusiasts who love adding hints of vintage flair to contemporary designs.
2. Icons of Men’s Style, by Josh Sims
For a richer understanding of menswear and the garments that have defined men’s fashion as we know it today, this book is for you. From the deck shoe to the biker jacket, this book covers the most iconic men’s fashion staples with beautiful photos and rich text that tells the story of their design and sartorial evolution.
3. The Handbook of Style: A Man’s Guide to Looking Good, by Esquire
From the fashion editors at Esquire, this book provides its sartorially conscious readers with vital info on the art of building a successful wardrobe. From advice on choosing fabrics and creating the perfect tie knot to the best tips for packing and grooming, The Handbook covers everything you need to know about keeping it classy.
4. Fashionisto: A Century of Style Icons, by Simone Werle
Fashionisto highlights 50 male trendsetters of the past century who have made their mark on the fashion world, featuring beautiful double-paged spreads with color photos of its eclectic array of figures, from Fred Astaire and George Clooney to Truman Capote and Che Guevara.
5. Dressing The Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion, by Alan Flusser
Here at Cheap-Neckties, Dress the Man is one of our go-to guides for everything from pocket square folds to the history of necktie styles. Its informative and sophisticated text is accompanied by photos and illustrations that bring the book to life, combining the beauty of a coffee table book with the usefulness of a style manual.
6. ABC of Men’s Fashion, by Hardy Amies
Written with style and class, Hardy Amies provides an alphabetical guide to menswear that covers everything from “Accessories” to “Zip fasteners.” Its small size fits easily into any carry-on bag or coat pocket, offering timeless style advise on the go.