We all like to think we've got our own signature style, but the fact is that we pilfer. We see an ad in a magazine here, a jacket on a guy in a movie there or even cop a few ideas from smooth operators we spy at local watering holes. So there should be no shame in straight up checking out time-honored men's publications for the latest fashions and totally drawing from them—that's what they're there for. After all, there's no shame in your game, is there? Here are some fashion blogs you need to know about if you at all care about your appearance. Photo: Masculine Style
1. Dappered : What's really cool about this site is that they don't asume every dude who browses it is bringing down six figures a year. They're as about being affordable as they can be. Hell, there's even a tab, "Too Expensive." They're talking J. Crew while finding banging watches for less than 75 bucks for us wannabe players! Hats off to 'em. Speaking of hats, they've got that covered under accessories, along with everything from ties to underwear. Oh yeah, dapper and commando do not go together.
2. Masculine Style : "Start My Transformation"—so goes the entryway to this epic site. From there, it's a questionnaire and you're squarely in their hands. Of course, you can skip this part and just proceed to the nitty gritty and still fare extraordinarily well. Any style maven who admits "there's more to style than clothing" (as this site reads) is one you wanna listen to. There's even a Masculine Style Promise. This is basically style by way of motivational speaking, and it's intoxicating.
3. Style Girlfriend : What differentiates Style from the pack is that it is a site dedicated to men's style but written entirely by women. Slick, huh? The tagline is "men's style from a female perspective," which, admittedly, can be risky. Ever have a girlfriend by you a shirt that is "totes en vogue" and you wouldn't be caught dead in it? These are the dice you're rolling here. Their "5 Days, 5 Ways" recurring bit can help even the ablest fellow, with your Monday through Friday mapped out from a sartorial standpoint.
4. Fashion Beans : Perhaps the heaviest hitter of the lot, the Beans blog is revered and is one of the forefathers on the blog front. The sheer volume earns it praise. Plus, Beans is ballsy enough to lump all of us lugs together when need be, while so many other sites speak to our individuality. Case in point, a recent "6 Things No Man Should Wear on a First Date" piece that had the audacity to admit uniqueness in personality or derring-do cannot override what is simply the wrong thing to wear on a first date, no matter who you are or, ostensibly, what you do for a living.
5. WellSpent : The name of the site might be misleading to some. WellSpent's goal is to not break the bank, as opposed to constantly justifying the purchase of an overpriced shirt or jacket by saying it was money "well spent." And they achieve this goal with no brand-shaming whatsoever, which is a testament to the integrity of the staff. Founder Brad Bennett started things up in 2011 or so, and tosses words like "sustainability" and "ethical" around like you and I do our business cards.
6. North of Man : North of Man is heavy on photographs and in-depth pieces/slideshows dedicated to specific lines and designers, but it's visually arresting and dramatic enough to get you reaching for that credit card. An archived spread tied to Timberland (from this past February) aptly illustrates there is a handle on reality, however, and that going North might be more do-able than you think.