These are the top 10 Fashion Advice Books we should have on our coffee tables .....................
Tim Gunn's Guide to Style by Tim Gunn and Kate Maloney
Covering everything from: how to dress for a particular occasion; how to shop for designer clothing; how to pick a fashion mentor; how to improve your posture, and style advice for finding the perfect fit figure. Tim was chair of fashion design at Parsons for seven years and has been a mentor on Project Runway since 2004.
The One Hundred - A Guide to the Pieces every Stylish Woman must Own by Nina Garcia
Offering a complete list of the items every woman should have in her closet. You’ll find the obvious – the LBD, ballet flats, a trench coat – but you’ll also find the not so obvious. For example, Garcia – who has worked for Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire and Project Runway, to name just a few – praises Converse sneakers, fishnet stockings, and moccasins.
The Truth about Style by Stacy London
Stacy London is co-host of What Not to Wear. While this book is a handbook on how to makeover your style from start to finish, it has a twist. London gets into the nitty-gritty of self-esteem, sharing her own struggles with confidence and how core emotional issues can be the catalyst of a disastrous closet.
Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad
Fashion designer and former reality star Lauren Conrad spent her impressionable years in front of the MTV cameras, which means she was forced to polish her personal style. In this guidebook, Conrad passes on her best fashion advice while taking us on her own style journey – from cool teen to camera-ready reality star. Conrad discusses how to find sources of inspiration that you can use to create a unique look, plus identifies the pieces she believes every woman should have.
I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks
Amanda has been the creative director for Tuleh, a Vogue columnist and the fashion director of Barneys New York. Armed with the knowledge picked up in these roles, Brooks has created a book that touches on the various points that make up a womans personal style. The book devotes pages to particular styles – minimalist, classic, bohemian, vintage, high-fashion – for those who lean in one particular direction. What is excellent though, for the more visual readers, more than 400 photos accompany the advice.
The Wow Factor by Jacqui Stafford
Jacqui Stafford’s experience runs the gamut from editorial to television, but you don’t have to follow her every move to benefit from her wisdom. Her wisdom is all packed neatly into The Wow Factor, which covers how regular women can get the “it” factor so often seen in celebrities. Here, you’ll learn the styling tricks fashion and beauty editors use to make celebrities and models look picture-perfect. Stafford also reveals how fashion editors shop, manage trends and pay attention to the market in order to look like a million bucks. This is your insider’s guide. Pay attention.
The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior
If there is anyone who can teach us about the language of fashion, it is designer Christian Dior, who has been celebrated time and time again for his fashion-forward creations. This book breaks down the three essentials of personal style: simplicity, grooming, and good taste. If you think you have these handled, think again. Here, you’ll learn the basics of style, such as how to tie a scarf. Unfortunately, at times, the lessons are a little out of touch, but there is enough charm within this book that you can overlook the outdated.
That Extra Half an Inch by Victoria Beckham
There is no doubt Victoria Beckham has had some questionable style moments, but you can’t spend years as a pop star, followed by years as a fashion designer, without picking up a thing or two. In this sassy book, Beckham covers everything from: how to dress for special occasions, how to feel confident in your clothes, and how to look great every time you leave the house.
The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr
While The Pocket Stylist is probably a little too heavy to keep in your pocket, there is plenty of must-read information in here. Kendall Farr draws on her years of experience as a celebrity stylist – she has worked with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry, to name just two – to teach readers: what to look for when shopping; how to evaluate the clothes you already have; and why certain silhouettes work best on certain body types. Once you’ve read through this book, you’ll have a deep understanding of where to take your personal style next.
Style A to Zoe by Rachel Zoe and Rose Apodaca
Celebrity stylist and fashion designer Rachel Zoe is essentially a household name, and for good reason: she knows her stuff. Here, Zoe shares her tips on how to live a glam life. Zoe makes sure that her fashion tips and advice can stretch to any budget. Given Zoe is credited with turning around the style of Hollywood starlet Nicole Richie – who is now an icon in her own right – we think this book is best summed up as gold.
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