Expand your knowledge of men’s fashion with books that’ll make you a style guru (or at least sound like one) in no time!
With Instagram, Pinterest, countless magazines & of course a little thing called the Internet, there are plenty of places to go for style inspiration. However, there’s nothing quite like a good book. We searched Shopomo’s huge archive of literature to find books to inspire, educate and even style you perfectly. So if you agree with master of style Tom Ford that “dressing well is a form of good manners” then you’ll find any one of these books useful.
Contemporary Menswear: A Global Guide to Independent Men's Fashion
An inspirational guide for designers, stylists, writers and the curious this is a collection of profiles of some of the most influential websites, brands, stores and designers in modern menswear. What’s great about this book is that it skips past the contrived PR and marketing jargon to deliver honest, in-depth stories of each of the brands it follows. Full of vibrant imagery and compelling interviews this is essential reading for the 21st century menswear enthusiast.
1oo Years of Menswear
A fantastic book detailing the evolution of menswear over the last 100 years. Fashion historian Cally Blackman has done an amazing job pairing rare photographs and illustrations with text that really highlights the journey men’s fashion has taken. Full of images of style icons from Steve McQueen to Pharrell and iconic campaigns & adverts, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in the past, present and future of menswear.
Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style
This fabulously detailed account chronicles the cycle the Japanese went through to go from voyeurs and copycats of American style to influencers and trendsetters of not just fashion but but fashion business. Going back as far as 150 years ago, historian W. David Marx paints a vivid picture of how Japan society and global trends went from shaping Japanese fashion to becoming admirers of it.
The Mr Porter Paperback: The Manual for a Stylish Life Vol.1
Any book on menswear by a former editor of Esquire, Wallpaper, The Sunday Times Style magazine and Mr Porter must be taken seriously. This comprehensive guide to not just dressing stylishly but living in style too is filled with gems for the modern man. Jeremy Langmead profiles the influential figures of menswear as is to be expected but also gives advice on the skills expected of the contemporary man. With everything from how to care for dress shoes to how to dance at a wedding, this could be the only book on style you ever need.
Sneakers: The Complete Collectors' Guide
Before the one-time niche world of the sneaker collecting exploded into mainstream culture, books on sneakers were either catalogues or drab books full of lost concepts and designs. Sneakers: The Complete Collector’s Guide is a vibrant encyclopaedic of over 550 photographs of sneakers and design chosen for the mark they’ve made on the culture. Style doesn’t end at your feet and this book will give you a great understanding of why sneakerheads opt to dress from the feet up!
Author Amy Leverton is a denim expert with 10 years in the industry so there are few better names to listen to when it comes to all things denim. The book of fascinating stories and even more impressive photography features key players in the denim business from across the globe. The book also features denim enthusiasts from bikers to Creative Directors and store owners. If you’re yet to delve deeper into the world of denim, then this book is sure to kick start your journey into exploring the latest and at times ageless styling of one of the world’s popular fabrics.
Streetwear: The Insider's Guide
Much like sneakers when streetwear made the crossover from urban subculture to the mainstream the way it was reported changed too. Making his second appearance on this list author and streetwear extraordinaire Steven Vogel showcases over 750 streetwear designs, products as well as chronicling key websites, brands and designers that have helped push streetwear to the forefront of global youth fashion.
It’s both funny and sensible that the most important menswear book of all time features no words at all. Described as a “treasure of fashion insiders” Take Ivy is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite Ivy League universities in the mid 60s. The product of four Japanese style enthusiasts (very important ones might we add) the images capture the unique fashion of the male student population of that time.
The book is so important as it was so coveted in Japan, a country already obsessed with American style and culture. Even the title was inspired by Dave Brubeck’s jazz hit “Take Five” which goes to show just how much Japan lusted after authentic American culture. A hit with the nation’s baby boomers, designers and brands across the country would learn so much from the images, attempt to replicate the looks and later lead the way in the Ivy League style of dress. The book that inspired the world’s most fashion obsessed country is our number 1 pick.