Style by the book
interweb inspiration's alright, but sometimes you need something stylish to sit on your coffee table. For our top picks, cast your eyes below…
True street style
With his cutting-edge street-style blog The Sartorialist, New Yorker Scott Schuman basically invented that whole "grab digital snaps of whatever's happening around you" school of fashion photography that wannabe
Instagram stars all try to copy. And after 10 years of trawling the world for new looks, he's got pretty good at it too: his latest book, The Sartorialist X (Penguin Random House), is a brilliant grab-bag of global styles to study and claim for yourself.
Picture: Penguin Random House
Looking for style ideas that are more about the long view rather than the quick swipe?
Contemporary Menswear (Steven Vogel, Nicholas Schonberger and Callum Gordon, published by Thames & Hudson) provides a deep dive into 50 of the designers, labels, websites and blogs that have shaped men's wardrobes over the last decade. There's something for everyone in here, from classic denim to up-and-coming English boutique brands hungry to make their mark. Check it out for a peek at something different and start getting your wishlist together on ASOS.
Picture: Thames & Hudson
Learn from the originals
True style originals can be tough to find (and no, your art-student friend with the pencil 'stache, lycra shorts and DM combo definitely doesn't count). So it's handy that editor Patrick Grant has compiled 80 of the most interesting here in his book
Original Man (Gestalten). From rock stars like Elvis to flamboyant artists (with an intrepid polar explorer thrown in for good measure), there's loads of workable looks in here to take from the greats and tweak to your tastes.
Icons Of Men's Style by Josh Sims (Laurence King) is a major reminder that the T-shirt you're wearing isn't just a T-shirt. It's a style icon that's gone through decades of evolution before ending up at the bottom of your wardrobe. From the perfect pair of Chuck Taylors to a sharply cut suit, some classics never go out of style. Josh Sims takes you through the history of each to show you where fashion has come from and give a hint as to where it's going next.
Picture: Laurence King