Books: Top 5 Fashion Books for Year-End Gifts

STYLE SAVANT. “Books are a uniquely portable magic,” said Stephen King, not excluding fashion books. We compile five of the best fashion reads that make perfect year-end gifts

100 Years of Menswear

 Fashion Book 1

Author: Cally Blackman

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

Visually insightful and loaded with amazing facts, “100 Years of Menswear” is a book you may have trouble giving away. The must-have fashion book observes trends over the last 100 years, covering an array of aspects, including tailoring and accessorizing. With the legendary Steve McQueen on the cover, the evolution of menswear is superbly illustrated through a number of historic portraits.


Cult Streetwear

Fashion Book 2

Author: Josh Sims

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

A streetwear bible, “Cult Streetwear” would undoubtedly be favored by those mates who have a penchant for sporting outfits with an urban and casual vibe. The characterful book lists influential streetwear brands, those who have shaped the market and progression of such clothing. An educational manual, it is filled with illustrations and behind-the-brand figures offering their own unique perspectives on streetwear.


Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style

Fashion Book 3

Author: Jeffrey Banks, Doria de La Chapelle

Publisher: Rizzoli

“Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style” is the perfect gift for a budding fashion aficionado. Delivered in a tale-like narrative, it takes the reader on an intriguing journey, explaining the transition of preppy styling from its old-school origins to the present day. The book, which has a cover photo portraying a uniform, likely inspired the attire of Glee’s Warblers, mixes quality images with interesting chronological accounts to help the reader become a preppy master.


The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London

Fashion Book 4

Author: James Sherwood, Terence Stamp

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

An emphasis on the role of personality within the world of style is a theme than runs throughout “The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London.” Essentially about relationships between individuals and their clothes, the book presents a charming roundup of fashion-conscious men’s wardrobes and dressing habits. Depicting a handsomely worn suit on the cover, the book contains men’s classics broken down into six chapters, each of which contains an individual profile of a true sartorialist.


I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman

Fashion Book 5

Author: Nathaniel Adams, Rose Callahan

Publisher: Gestalten

“I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman” is a book that one will be able to appreciate again and again. A timeless literary offering, it follows those men who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of stylistic perfection and elegance. Featuring infamous painter Massimiliano Mocchia in a three-piece suit on its cover, many more striking and evocative photographs lie within.