Five essential style bibles for men

Let 2016 be the year that you start worshipping at style’s altar

by Mags Ocampo

Let 2016 be the year that you start worshipping at style’s altar

How many times have you scribbled “dress better” or “look more presentable” in between other resolutions at the beginning of the year? Whether the answer to that is zero or twenty (or perhaps even more), 2016 is the perfect year to begin being more mindful of how you present yourself. We’ve gathered five style bibles for men that’ll help you get off on the right foot — in genuine Italian leather, no less.

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Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion by Alan Flusser

What you’ll learn from this particular book will last you a lifetime. Alan Flusser uses a combination of encyclopaedic knowledge on menswear and his own personal style philosophies to help men achieve “Permanent Fashionability.” The book focuses on style — zooming in on proportions and colour as well as customisation — rather than fashion with its ever-changing trends. From business casual to formalwear and everything in between, Flusser’s got you covered. As a bonus, Flusser throws in a few never-before-seen photographs of timeless debonair figures such as Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, and Fred Astaire to help his audience understand the range and diversity of style.

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Icons of Men’s Style by Josh Sims

Icons of Men’s Style takes you through fashion history one garment at a time. Sims dissects the stories behind some of the most important pieces of a man’s wardrobe and shares each one’s origin and significance. By learning about the garments themselves as well as the brands behind their original conceptualisation, you can better understand where and when to incorporate them in your respective #OOTDs.

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The Sartorialist: Closer by Scott Schuman

Everyone knows about The Sartorialist. Closer is Scott Schuman’s follow-up collection to his iconic street style book. A common misconception is that Schuman’s books only focus on women — perhaps because of the lack of gender-specific titles and the general assumption that fashion books are for women. We can guarantee, however, that The Sartorialist: Closer is full of style savvy men. If your creative juices are running low and you refuse to be an outfit repeater, a lot of inspiration can be gained from Schuman’s wildly original subjects.

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The Watch Book by Gilbert L. Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli

Hit two birds with one stone with this one: keep your resolution to never be late again and stay stylish while you’re at it. The Watch Book treats its readers to a well-illustrated documentation of what Brunner and Pfeiffer-Belli have dubbed “the world’s best timepieces” as it discusses 18 different premium manufacturers including Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Cartier. Let The Watch Book guide you in making your next (or possibly your first) real chronographic investment with its detailed discussions on mechanics, craftsmanship, materials, and innovation.

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The Men’s Grooming Guide by The Idle Man

Looking good doesn’t just mean dressing well, it means grooming yourself properly, too. This free e-book from The Idle Man goes through every important grooming lesson you might have been ashamed to ask anyone about — from the key to getting the right hairstyle to body waxes, The Idle Man leaves no stone unturned and no strand untrimmed. It’s a pretty short read but it’s also ultimately essential. Download it. Now.