The ten style sites every man should know

What does a gentleman prefer? He prefers to be gently navigated rather than told. He prefers to see rather than to hear. And he prefers to make informed style and lifestyle decisions rather than wild stabs in the dark that lead to fashion faux pas aplenty.

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We’re a simple breed with a tendency for a no-nonsense approach, and will invariably bow to the better judgement of those in the know.

As luck would have it, there is a wealth of online fashion inspiration out there that has been acting as a style Sherpa for the modern man for years.

So, sit back, have your bookmarking tool at the ready and prepare to drink in everything the discerning modern gentleman needs to know about online style.

1: Put This On

Billed as a guide to “dressing like a grown up”, this popular blog, from the sartorially superior minds of Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor, has established itself as one of the best sources for menswear inspiration the world over and for those of an “errrrm" and “ahhhh" persuasion, this is a great place to start if you want to give your style a reboot. Updated daily and positively brimming with fashion tips, trends and seasonal favourites, Put This On is a firm favourite and should be a first port of call for any devilishly dapper fellow.

2: The Art of Manliness

Life lessons are something that all men need to have at the forefront of their mind, and there is no better imparter of these crucial learnings than the wonderful wordsmiths of The Art of Manliness. Launched in 2008, by husband and wife team Brett & Kate McKay, it boasts a bevy of instructional guides for the modern man, including ‘The Best Way To Hold a Burger’, ‘How To Wear a Leather Jacket With Style’ and ‘How To Take Care of Your Hat’. You’ll never go too far astray with The Art of Manliness at your tiller. One simply not to be missed.

3: Fashion Beans

Founded in 2007 as an outlet for the fashion-related thoughts of the magazine’s founder, Ben Herbert, Fashion Beans has gone from strength to strength, and is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest fashion beacons to which a nation of men flock to, moth-like, in search of style advice and the latest trends and must-have accessories. Regardless of your style leanings, be it casual or formal, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained on the well-researched and informative pages of Fashion Beans. A real digital page turner if ever there was one.

4: A Continuous Lean

A highly cerebral offering that expertly intermingles lifestyle pieces with their fashion finds, A Continuous Lean, is unequivocally a favourite and it makes for an engaging read on those daily commutes or monotonous board meetings (if you can surreptitiously sneak in a smartphone to read it). Founded in 2007 by Ohio-born, New York-based style merchant Michael Williams, he describes his site as, “A discovery agent for those with an appreciation of quality, style and provenance”. And who are we to argue with that?

5: Individualism

Created by a pair of fashion aficionado brothers by the names of Aaron and Reuben Christian, Individualism is now considered one of the best style collectives on the web. Their engaging and well-considered content is just the sort of bite-size fashion fare that today’s modern man has time to entertain. With much of Individualism’s content consisting of videos, there is a good deal of visually arresting and well-shot style tips to be feasted upon. Shedding light on some of the most sartorially elegant brands is the raison d’etre of Individualism and they’ve been doing it so very well for a number of years now. A great read with a witty edge.

6: Contemporary Standard

For those who like their fashion with a spot of Italian flair, Contemporary Standard is the men’s lifestyle site for you. Run by bonafide Italian, Enrico Grigoletti, this superbly curated site will be perfectly suited to those who want to get their fashion fix daily from a sublimely stylish individual with his finger very much on the fashion pulse. Contemporary Standard has a real eye for off-the-beaten-track fare, so if you’re the sort who would rather be a shepherd than a sheep with your clothing and accessory choices, this would undoubtedly be a good place to start.

7: Ape To Gentleman

Men’s style has been an evolution rather than a revolution and that’s something that first rate men’s lifestyle site, Ape to Gentleman, is only too aware of with its collection of well considered articles about various facets, ranging from fashion through to grooming tips and everything in between. Founded upon a desire to provide men with unbiased and informative grooming advice, it gradually became a portal for all manner of men’s lifestyle advice and fashion picks, and makes a great read for any chap who only wants the best.

8: Inventory Magazine

Not just a fashion magazine but also a bastion of culture as well, Inventory Magazine is a must-see lifestyle site for the discerning gentleman. The brainchild of Ryan Wilms, who still acts as editor, this site is also available in print, for those who want their fashion news to be a little more tangible. It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing publications by virtue of the number of up-and-coming photographers and stylists featured. Inventory Magazine is definitely one for those who like to be visually engaged and also enjoy a good read.

9: Well Spent

They say a fool and his money are soon parted. Well, a sensible gentleman and his money head to Well Spent to see exactly where they should be directing their funds. A veritable goldmine of fashion ideas for any wannabe stylish fellow, the site offers step-by-step guides to finding the best fashion and lifestyle products, as well as news on grooming and everything else that any dapper chap could wish for. The creation of Brad Bennett, Well Spent is about spending your money wisely rather than extravagantly by showcasing goods that look great but don’t cost the earth. Want to know where to point your hard-earned pounds? Head to Well Spent.

10: Inquiring Mind

Men are nothing if not inquisitive, which is why the website Inquiring Mind is so well tailored to cater to every man who wants to be engaged, as well as informed, on style. Carefully curated, this site offers a superb balance of short, bite-sized posts, alongside more editorial fare. It caters to all tastes and we’re big advocates of its accessible style advice. Co-founded by Greg Washington and Michael Bercasio back in 2006 in Ontario, Canada, it is one of the elder statesmen of the men’s lifestyle arena and understandably and deservedly has a lofty reputation among its peers.

By Leo Davie