Ten Garments Every Man Should Own


An accessible field guide to classic menswear and creating your own conscious closet.

Dressing well matters and it is easily within the grasp of any man, no matter his age or budget. The problem today is that many men don’t know where to turn for help in building a wardrobe.

Ten Garments Every Man Should Own is a practical and entertaining guide to dressing better by building a classic, sustainable, and ethically minded wardrobe, focused on quality garments. Each chapter covers an essential piece: shirt, jacket, hat, leather shoes, and more. Cutting through the clutter of online “experts” and fashion magazines, this book reveals the truth about what really makes a garment worth investing in and owning — how it is made, how it fits, and how it makes a man look.


If the journey to a conscious closet begins with a single step, the first step is reading this book. Mendes has many lessons to impart about the difference between style and fad fashion, and to get there he asks both the practical and philosophical questions. Ten Garments Every Man Should Own ends up being more than sartorial advice to spruce up your wardrobe—it's a guide to introspection.

Nathalie Atkinson, arts and culture journalist and former fashion critic

About the Author

Pedro Mendes

Posted by Kendra on February 18, 2020
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Pedro Mendes

Pedro Mendes is Canada’s leading classic men’s style expert. He has been published in Toronto Life, Zoomer, and the Globe and Mail among other newspapers and magazines and can be heard regularly on CBC Radio.Pedro lives in Toronto.