A Guide to the Best Men’s Style, Grooming, And Etiquette Information on the Web

by Antonio on March 31, 2009 · 32 comments

in Dress & Grooming, Style

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As a man whose business is menswear and style, I spend a lot of time researching blogs and forums on the web; this article is intended to bring you the best of what I have found. FYI, I’ve intentionally left out some of the larger bloggers, as that I wanted to highlight lesser known writers that are just as passionate and still answer individual inquiries and comments. In my opinion, interaction is key to a strong blog or forum; it leads to a deeper understanding and better questions.  So without further ado here are some sites that offer the best in men’s style, grooming and etiquette information.

Six Hidden Gems

The following are blogs that have yet to receive their due. Well written and focused on their niche, each covers their chosen topic with passion and skill. Do yourself a favor and give them a few minutes of your time.

Short Shrifted Resource for Short Men

Short Shrifted. A clothing and style resource for short men, Josh has authored the internets most thorough blog covering the issues facing men 5’8″ and under. A New Yorker, he routinely reviews local clothing stores and service establishments in search of deals and cuts that suit the smaller male demographic. He has a solid grasp of men’s classic style, and I especially like how he scours forums for threads pertaining to his readers in his “link round-ups.”

The Houndstooth Kid. Will, The Houndstooth Kid, states: “The purpose of this blog is to point out both the common and obscure aspects of 1930s-1950s men’s style and how it affects us today. Vintage style has and is still influencing the way we dress and generally live our lives.” Think you know older fabrics – try passing his Atomic Fleck quiz!

An Affordable Wardrobe. – The site’s author sums it up best: “Searching for a cure to the current epidemic of ‘Eternal Teen-Ager Syndrome’ which has stricken the vast majority of American males. Enough with the flip flops and short pants. Let’s start dressing like grown men.” Clothes, Music, Accouterments, all Cheap.

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The Gentlemen’s Standard. Seeks to redefine how men of color approach life and style – I’ve personally talked at length with the founder, Glen Palmer, and can say with confidence that he is dedicated to his mission. A contributor to the Detroit Fashion Pages, Glen is a dedicated blogger who posts daily (340 posts last year!) and continues to produce quality content. His observations are timeless and his advice is rock solid for any discerning gentleman.

Manner of Man. Manner of Man’s author, Nicola Linza, focuses on timeless fashion, art, architecture, and all things Italian. In his own words “After reading this blog, it is my hope that you will view your clothing, accessories, and the services presented to you in a new light, then seek out the finest for yourself, your lifestyle, and develop your individual character and personal style.” A great resource with excellent writing and clear thought.

Social Primer . K. Cooper Ray has taken a fresh take on the age old art of proper manners. In a world where etiquette has fallen to the wayside, Social Primer is a beacon in the darkness as it discusses how to deal with the loud cell phone talker and the rules of shaking hands & chivalry in the modern age.

Five Forums That Will Change the Way You Dress

Online forums are an amazing tool; you can ask a very pointed question and have it answered by someone on the other side of the globe within minutes. Novices, amateurs, and experts interact in a colorful conversation that continues as long as the thread that spawned it remains active. However, forums do pose risks to those without a foundation in classic men’s style. There is quite a bit of bad advice out there; a poster with 40 minutes of tailoring experience is given the same pulpit to preach as a tailor with 40 years under his belt. And do not be swayed by those with a large number of posts; look for quality over quantity. My advice? Build a solid foundation in understanding men’s style and take what you read in forums with a grain of salt; look to forums to supplement an education, not to fully sustain one.

Ask Andy About Clothes. The founder, Andy Gilchrist, is a self-taught men’s fashion expert. He has published a great encyclopedia of men’s clothes and actively manages the discussion with a great group of moderators. You’ll find some great threads here and a very friendly feel.

Style Forum. The title says it all. I find this site is especially great at covering casual wear and quality denim. Their off topic threads are also very entertaining.

The Fedora Lounge. Less traffic than the above two, it nonetheless is home to a number of great threads and bits of advice…..especially on fedoras (naturally) and other pieces of headwear.

The London Lounge. The site’s been down for a while, but when it’s up, it’s the best place to learn about classic men’s style.

Men.Style.com. More fashion forward, it nevertheless brings a needed perspective, and its forums add a sense of youth and experimentation to the mix.

StyleCrave Like Men.Style.com, it’s a bit more fashion forward, but they always present the latest in styles and trends for men.

Six Staples to Supplement your Sartorial Education

These blogs are a bit advanced, but for the man steeped in the basics of style, they are a welcome respite from the world of ever changing fashion. In these sites you’ll find timeless advice, real world experiences with tailors, and the wearing of the world’s finest clothing for men.

A Suitable Wardrobe. Blogger Will Boehlke has tried more bespoke tailors than almost any gentleman out there; lucky for us, he captures his experience and observations on his blog.

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Permanent Style. Simon Crompton is a gifted writer with a great eye. His mission statement “Permanent style has cycles that last decades, not months. It is about weaves and lengths, about subtle ideas of proportion and balance. It lacks good journalism. This blog supplies it.”

The Trad. “Not as good as it was. Better than it will be” Written in the style of a poet, The Trad is full of great quotes and observations. My favorite: “You can tell me I shouldn’t wear it – - but no one will tell me I can’t.”

M. Fan & Blog.No bit of detail escapes this man’s attention. He approaches style like a surgeon. I only wish he would post more.

Sleevehead. Notes on the craft and business of men’s apparel and great insights on tailors and tailoring technique.

Kempt. Describes itself as “your man on the inside helping you navigate the sartorial deep.” A bit fashion forward; I enjoy its change of pace.

Where to Start?  Three Style & Grooming Libraries

With free information compiled by experts, these links are a great place to build a basic understanding of men’s classic style and proper grooming. Start your sartorial journey here. Why did I list them last? Well, I have a personal stake in one and didn’t want to appear too biased.

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Black Tie Guide. The definitive guide to formal wear on the web, bar none.

Foreman Grooming Tips. Three dozen informative articles on grooming. From getting rid of flakey skin to dealing with razor cuts, these articles are a wealth of necessary information.

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A Tailored Suit’s Style Guide – - The internet’s most useful collection of men’s style articles to help you build a foundation in style. Solid guidance on understanding suits, jackets, trousers, overcoats, and even information on selecting a tailor and preparing for interviews.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brian March 31, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I have a question for everybody out there regarding fashion. Last November I was diagnosed with early Type2 diabetes. Since then I have been on a diet and exercise program and have gone from 255lbs to 225lbs (I’m a shade under 6′ tall). I hope to lose 25 more lbs at least (I’m fairly broad across the shoulders and even in high school where I was in great shape I weighed 210).

The problem is that my clothes do not fit any more and have gone from looking loose to looking baggy. Any suggestions for not looking like a slob without having to buy two complete wardrobes (one for now, and one for when I reach my goal)?

2 Turling March 31, 2009 at 6:21 pm

A Suitable Wardrobe’s author is Will Boehlke, not Will Dynend.

3 Tony March 31, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Brian – Find a tailor. It will cost you a fraction of the cost of buying new, and he should have no problem bring in much of your clothing.

Turling – Thank you sir, it is now fixed.

4 alfred March 31, 2009 at 7:38 pm

just what i was looking for
thanks

5 Bob Iger April 1, 2009 at 12:26 am

These resources are great! Thanks again Tony.

6 Bob Iger April 1, 2009 at 12:29 am

One small remark though: I have the idea that most of these resources are centered on the American way of style, grooming and etiquette. I live in continental Europe. Do you think these resources could be applied universally or are there some pitfalls I should look out for?

7 BRZ April 1, 2009 at 6:11 am

Great Post! Thanks for all the hidden gems!

8 Tony April 1, 2009 at 6:30 am

Bob – You’re correct, most are North American focused. But the forums have a wide range of contributors, and Simon over at Permanent Style is UK based.

What to watch out for –
- Different terms for the same thing. Germans call the tuxedo a smoking, Brits call it Black Tie. Many examples like this.
- On average I would say Europeans know the rules better and follow them, especially in business and special event dressing.
- Weekend Wear – Even dressing casually my friends from Berlin always look great. They wear sweaters and jackets that fit, rarely jeans but instead non-baggy chinos, and always simple but eloquent loafers or saddle shoes.

Make an effort and dress smartly – keep the t-shirt, sandals, and jean look for your backyard!

9 Tyler April 1, 2009 at 6:31 am

Great post Tony! I have it bookmarked and will definitely take a look at all the sites you mentioned. Lots of great information for men. The Art of Manliness does it again!

10 Mike April 1, 2009 at 6:40 am

Don’t forget the Sartorialist!

http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

Both men’s and women’s clothing, and not much commentary, but some excellent examples of both good and bad clothing design! Entertaining at least.

11 Cristoffer April 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

Congrats to my pal Nicola.

http://welldressed.blogg.se/

12 Marcus April 1, 2009 at 10:45 am

Agree with Mike that the Sartorialist http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ should have been part of this list.

Sartorialist is a daily supply of fashion great inspiration.

13 miss morgan potts April 1, 2009 at 10:57 am

@Brian If you think you’ll be a few sizes under when you reach your goal, I’d save your money for then. In the meantime, you’d ideally still have some clothes that fit you now. I’d suggest trying to sell your old baggy clothes and buying a few essentials that fit you now (a good pair of slacks, some decent jeans, some versatile shirts) without spending more than you have to. Stick with the basics while you’re in size-limbo and then buy some really nice pieces once you reach your goal.

14 Nick April 1, 2009 at 10:57 am

Another great one is SeeJackShop.com- they have really good info on deals and sales.

15 Nick Moore April 2, 2009 at 5:02 am

I have been looking for this type of information for a long time. Great post! I am a 21yr old just getting my feet on the ground. I hate the idea of fashion but recognize I need to know how to dress with some style to be respected. This is just the type of thing I have been looking for. Thanks.

But…hey i still want to know your list of the “larger bloggers”.

16 Glen Palmer April 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

I am truly humbled by being featured in this article. The blog has been a real blessing since I started it last May. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit. The Art of Manliness is a great site full of meaningful information for men. Keep up the great work!

17 Jeff April 2, 2009 at 6:59 am

I need a bit of advice. I received a beautiful “off white” silk tie, with a navy blue screen of an old cutter. I wanted to stay away from black and black. What other shirt and suit combinations would work?

18 John April 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Brian,
I’m at the tail end of a similar journey. I started at over 300 and whittled myself down to a current 197 (and dropping).

Here’s what I did:
I cruised Goodwills, Marshalls, TJ Maxxeses, Thrift Shops and used it as an opportunity to experiment. I’ve cleaned out my closet and donated everything at least 4 times thus far. I went through a slick phase, an outdoorsman phase, and a professor phase. Hopefully one more cut and I’ll have figured out what works best on me and be able to spend real money on quality items in that vein.

I would say, don’t be afraid to buy used or severly discounted clothing, especially if you only plan on keeping it for a few months.

The extra bonus is that all my hunting has left me with a great selection of socks, ties, pocket squares, shoes, hats, etc.

Good hunting and good pound shedding to you.

19 Tobias April 4, 2009 at 8:44 am

WOW!!!

Good Job! This post is wunderful!

I love this blog!!!

Kind Regards from Germany

20 Thom April 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

This list is well edited and nothing has been left out. A guide such as this today should not have selected any blogs that simply take pictures of people. Blogs today ARE the new magazines, and as such (as a reader myself) they have to contain editorial opinion, recommendation, review and confident advice. These sites selected in this guide represent all of that and more. Each has a given niche, and they are extremely well written by talent men who give solid and credible advice. These represent the finest range of what are our new digital magazines. I applaud the editors of The Art of Manliness for their insight, and their editorial vision. This guide is one to reference today and tomorrow because I honestly feel the blogs selected here this year are fast becoming our major top drawer digital magazines of tomorrow.

21 Short Shrifted April 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

Thanks so much for featuring me at the top of this list! I couldn’t be in better company — each of these blogs is an essential, standout piece of work.

Keep the must-read posts coming, AOM!

Cheers,
Josh

22 Антон Toxa April 10, 2009 at 11:09 am

These blogs are a bit advanced, but for the man steeped in the basics of style, they are a welcome respite from the world of ever changing fashion

23 Walton Collins July 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Not a website, but if you ever have the chance to buy the book “A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up” do it. It is absolutely essential. A great read cover to cover, very humorous, and a perfect reference when prepping for that afternoon wedding in the Hamptons.

http://www.amazon.com/Gentleman-Gets-Dressed-Up-Gentlemanners/dp/1401601111/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248215316&sr=8-1

24 joseph September 28, 2009 at 1:00 am

this is my first time to drop by in your blog, and all I could say that it is awesome. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips and guidelines about men. Good to open this site because it gives me hints on how to increase my chances in drawing girls’ attention.

25 Hardy November 17, 2009 at 4:58 pm

If you want something that speaks style and not just fashion join Gilt.
Respected luxury brands at a fraction of the retail.
Must be invited to join and it’s totally free so here:

giltgroupe.com/invite/nguyenpd

Enjoy

26 Herman Jank May 26, 2010 at 12:45 am

Dont forget about nails. Man should take lots of care of their nails.
I should suggestion to read from Manicure for Man at http://www.menmanicure.com

Thanks

27 Robert August 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for the link to the “Affordable Clothing” blog. So hard to find styles that I like, but that are affordable. I cant tell you how long I search for clothes only to like the most expensive that is out there.

28 Oekrainse vrouw September 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Great post Tony!

29 mazen October 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

Great article, I do care about Ties only

30 PolishedMen October 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

Great site! More guys need to show they are a gentleman and this site is helping. We have started a twitter account to try and show everyone that there are gentlemen in the world and we are trying to increase our followers and influence more men. Check us out on twitter @PolishedMen. Give us your input and don’t hesitate to tell us what we can improve. We’re gents, we can take it.

31 Brad December 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

There are so many dos and don’ts…What is the standard rule on buttoning a suit coat/blazer…I was told never button the bottom button…Is there a rule?

32 Brock July 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

Brett – FYI shortshrifted.com is no longer live. I’ve tried to get in touch with Josh many times with no luck.

He was my inspiration to start themodestman.com, the only active resource I know of that’s dedicated only to style advice for men under 5’8″. I think it deserves a place on this list!

-Brock

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