It’s amazing how people absorb information. Truthfully we absorb information through our five senses but for the most part, in term of menswear it’s through our eyes and ears. For me, I learn better from watching, whether it’s a person, movie, tv show or youtube video. Followed closely by listening and reading. I understand some prefer reading above all, especially in environments where sound may be frowned upon or wifi is down or on long trips so I have put together a list of my favorite books, magazines, and online platforms that provide great menswear content for the readers amongst us.
Style and The Man By Alan Flusser - Love this little handy dandy book. A very easy read for those who are interested in classic menswear, the construction of garments, who they should naturally drape, how they should fit, if you’re looking to learn how to purchase investment pieces, this is the book for you
Dressing The Man By Alan Flusser - SImilar to Style and The Man, this book goes into classical menswear with real life pictures to draw the points home. I use it as a reference book and go to the section that I’m curious about, not necessarily a book you read cover to cover but if you can, that wouldn’t hurt.
Esquire Magazine - I’ll give Esquire a slight edge over GQ simply because GQ tends to lean more towards the fast fashion side of thing while, from my perspective Esquire is more classical in a modern day lens which is more my speed. They also delve into topics beyond menswear which is a nice little breather.
Well Built Style - When Fit Man Style was just an idea I consult my buddy Brock over at The Modest Man. I wanted to know his thoughts on creating a niche and how to go about it. Through his encouraging words I suggested I take a look at Manny over at Well Built Style since he was already doing content I aspired to do. I was grateful and blown away that there was already a platform for athletic muscular men to get style ideas from. WBS is definitely worth checking out, Manny goes through illustrations, How Tos and product review all geared towards men like you and I, Fit Men.
,6,7. Gentleman’s Gazzette, The Rake and Sartorial Journal - i’m lumping these three together because they all full under the luxury classic menswear. If you want to learn about the history and craftmanship of menswear, these three are the places to be. Equipped with online stores that promoted high ticketed items (a boy can dream right), they aim to teach and inspire those interested in classic menswear. Look at these as the online versions of 1 & 2.
8. Gentleman Within - This is a blog founded by my boy Khoi. Quite knowledgeable in the smart casual side of menswear, Khoi provides insightful information, product reviews and creative lookbooks. He is also of a modest height so if you are a fit modest man, that is one site to check out.
9. Fit Man Style - Shameless plug. DUH! ME! No in all seriousness I don’t want to create friction for my audience. As I mentioned before I know some prefer reading so I revamped my website a month ago to transcribe what I speak about in my videos. Double the work but hopefully I can follow Well Built Style footsteps and give Fit Men a place they can identify with. At the end of the day it’s all about helping you guys on your style journey, the more the merrier.
In this age of technology it is much easier to find content online to read or even getting an alternative book format such as a kindle. Books in themselves are starting to look antique but people are still writing them and some prefer holding an actual book. There are a plethora of menswear experts out here who are giving their expertise and value through written word, it would be a shame to miss out on that.