Developing your own individual sense of style isn’t as difficult as you might think. While few of us can afford to hire a professional stylist; who needs one when there are fashion gurus from all over the world sharing their wisdom online? And don’t imagine it’s all aimed at label-loving youngsters. There’s plenty of advice here for gentlemen who favour a more considered and sophisticated style.
Here are 13 of the most inspirational men’s fashion and lifestyle blogs from America. We’re not talking baseball hats and Homer Simpson. These are Ivy League all the way!
If James Bond can wear one, you certainly can. Join Brock at The Modest Man as he gives you his pick of the best dive watches for men with smaller wrists. A chap with skin in the game, Brock is no man mountain himself. Standing at 5’6”, this awesome blogger gives shorter men the fashion advice they need to make outfits work for them.
As Brock says, “alas, we cannot make ourselves taller,” but there’s a lot you can do to make sure you look your best. Like switching your belt for suspenders (that’s braces if you’re British) when you’re wearing your suit. By eliminating a horizontal line across your middle, you maximise the vertical. There’s a wealth of advice here for any man who wants to look his best.
Looking for a solid start to your weekend? The guys at Dappered have just the thing – a Weekend Reset Series. That’s right, every Friday, you get a movie suggestion, a treat for bookworms, some awesome sounds to check out, and, how does beef stew sound? Tempted? It sure beats a takeaway.
While fashion is temporary and pricy, style is timeless. Dappered helps you achieve the latter while stretching your pennies that little bit further. A rich repository of style knowledge, tips and advice on everything from ways to deal with perspiration to how to dress for a vacation in the mountains, this is a great US men’s style blog for UK guys who like to look good.
“If it’s too high up on your body, it looks like a purse,” says John at 40 Over Fashion. Join him as he urges you to leave your rucksack at home and instead grab yourself a soft-sided briefcase or messenger bag. A much better choice for over 40s, he delves into the pros and cons of each. Does your bag or briefcase come with a strap? Wear it at hip level or just below or you’ll look like a wally.
“I’m not a kid anymore and I certainly don’t want to dress like one,” says John. “I wanted to look polished, but not stuffy and I wanted my clothes to fit me better.” Does that sound like you? This blog works because it’s written by an over 40, for the over 40s. In search of a new look? Sign up for John’s free style guide.
“If one were to create a Mount Rushmore of furniture, they’d be hard-pressed to find an argument against including the Chesterfield sofa,” say the people at Valet. An eternally classic piece, here you’ll find a full rundown of the Chesterfield’s many virtues – did you know it was supposedly designed so that sitting on it wouldn’t crease your slacks?
Whatever your style needs, Valet is packed full of features and advice for the 21st century gentleman. From choosing your own personal shopper to advice on how to treat sore muscles, Valet has it all. Like looking at the best new wheels? Take a look at Bollinger Motors’ electric truck – what a stunner!
Looking to buy fragrance online? How do you decide which to purchase when you can’t actually smell what you’re buying? Easy – turn to Antonio Centeno of Real Men Real Style. He explains the characteristics of a floral fragrance versus a wood-based one, and between Oriental spice and fresh, zesty smells – and that’s just for starters.
“Is something holding you back” asks Antonio? Perhaps it’s “ your personal image.” As a former US marine, Antonio knows the importance of outward appearance in establishing rank and seniority, a factor that applies to civilian life too – personal presentation matters, and Antonio is the man to help you improve yours.
“As we get older, it’s important to treat your face and skin with the utmost care it deserves,” says J Fig of Rule of Thumbs. Join him as he gives you a run down of his favourite men’s skin care products – most of which are readily available here in the UK – it’s always good to compare notes.
A site of charm and substance, this blogger shows you how to dress and groom to create a style that’s as laid back as his native LA – yet always sophisticated, always classic-contemporary, and always beautifully colour-matched. Feeling like wearing blue? Rule of Thumbs shows you how to take navy to the next level.
Looking for vocals that “truly ride the unique waves created on a vinyl record?” Sabir M. Peele at Men’s Style Pro has some excellent suggestions for you as you begin your new vinyl collection. Artists like Erykah Badu, Sam Smith, Carole King and Amy Winehouse are just some of the selection of sounds on offer for style conscious men.
An eclectic mix of the very best of menswear, lifestyle suggestions and news and views from the world of American fashion, Men’s Style Pro is a must for sophisticated guys. Rated one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Best Dressed Real Men in America, Sabir is the guy to help you achieve the look you’ve always dreamed of. Carrying a few extra pounds? Check out the Men’s Style Pro Quick Full Body Workout.
Something like 2 billion disposable and cartridge razors get thrown away each year, say the guys at Bespoke Unit. They can’t be recycled and the plastic in them lasts forever – with each shave, you’re adding to the plastic waste problem. The solution? Learn to shave with a straight razor or, if that sounds a little intimidating, why not give an old fashioned safety razor a go? Bespoke Unit shows you how.
Bespoke Unit is more than just a fashion blog – this is a resource that aims to help gentlemen “improve their style, broaden their horizons, and live their best lives.” Want to know the best places around the world to have a cocktail, fancy trying out a new beard, or want to nail the best suit for your height and body shape? This is the place to come.
Looking to build more hygge into your autumn and winter lifestyle? Flannel sheets, sweatpants, sweaters, slippers and candles are just some of the ways you can feel more cosy when it’s cold and dark outside, say the team at Art of Manliness. Hygge – Danish for cold weather comfort – is just what you need after a hard day at work and, with these guys, you’ll have the tools to achieve it.
With over 3500 articles from which to choose, Art of Manliness is the mental equivalent of a hot cup of cocoa. An eclectic mix of menswear, grooming, ‘man skills’ and so much more, find out about everything from why ‘rucking’ is the way forward for cardio (nothing to do with rugby), to how to make a rope from plastic bags, and in case you’re ever tempted to punch meat, all Rocky’s workout exercises. AoM is boys’ own stuff for men.
Rude riders are cyclists who think getting to their destination is more important than you getting to yours, says George Hahn. If you’re a cyclist already, or you’re thinking of biking in the city, you should definitely check out George’s video, How to Ride Like a Gentleman. Packed with helpful advice, it’s also great to take in the sights of New York City in the autumn.
If you’re fed up with reading about fashion that costs a fortune, thousandaire, George built his site with you in mind. As he says: “I have found immeasurable satisfaction in finding ways to look better in a $500 suit than the show-off who dropped $5K.” A sharp-dressing guy with a dry sense of humour, George’s eponymous blog is well worth your time.
“There’s just something so cool about the color! It’s deep yet saturated…” The colour? Brown. Join Ethan of Street X Sprezza as he delves into the rich tones of this soft-spoken classic hue. A lover of vintage menswear, this is a visual trip you won’t regret, with great pics of old-time suits like the 1950s Brooks sack suit, as well as fabrics from wool through to cotton and even corduroy.
Ethan is a man who brings you the story behind the clothes. A font of menswear knowledge, his clothing choices bring you timeless style with a modern twist. From Swatches to vintage Omega, if you’re not really a watch man, neither was Ethan – until he started looking into it. It’s a case of out with the cluttered over-expensive wrist bling of the modern era, and in with some very cool retro choices.
If you’ve got too many clothes, feel you have the wrong clothes, or just can’t settle on your signature style, you should consider building yourself a lean wardrobe, says Barron, the man and the mind behind Effortless Gent. Giving you the tools to select “the minimum number of clothing items you need to create a flexible, well-rounded wardrobe that suits your daily life,” Barron helps you create a wardrobe that really works.
Justin did. Find out how the 6’8” school teacher revolutionized the way he looks by following Barron’s simple style advice. Justin says: “Comparing where I am now to where I was…is night and day.” We think you’ll agree, he looks awesome.
“When we meet someone new, the first thing our eyes are drawn to is their face,” says Diggy Moreland of More Than A Tie. His advice to keep your skin looking good is simple – wash your face before bed, stop rubbing body lotion into your face, and instead, invest in a good sunscreen. And when push comes to shove – learn a little skincare from the real experts – the women in our lives.
A native of Illinois, Diggy Moreland has been dressing to impress since childhood – he says while other kids wore spiderman outfits, he was already experimenting with bow ties and braces. The result? He knows the difference between men’s fashion vs style. As he says: “I don’t claim to know everything, but I do know quite a bit, and I don’t mind sharing.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed our delve into the best of menswear blogs from over the pond. Whether your look is preppy, contemporary, or classic, we think you’ll agree that, whichever side of the Atlantic you call home, it’s the wise application of style knowledge that gives you the upper hand.