I have a fairly large library of image, style and colour related titles on my bookshelf and I add to it reasonably frequently (though there is just so much out there that I can’t keep up with it all sadly). Some books I think are worth the read… others less so.
So what are some of my favourites?
Here are a few books that I’ve read in the past that I’ve enjoyed and think could hold some useful tips and thoughts for many of you if you feel like reading more than just Inside Out Style.
You Are What You Wear by Jennifer Baumgartner
This book really delves deep into the psychological reasons for how and why we choose the clothes that we do. Jennifer Baumgartner is a psychologist and has some great insights into the link between how we think and what we wear.
Change Your clothes, Change Your Life by George Brescia
Some great tips on why you should take control of your wardrobe and image (not only because you can’t go naked) and how you can align your true self with your wardrobe.
Staging Your Comeback by Christopher Hopkins
I love this book for the makeover photos. Christopher Hopkins is known as “the Makeover Guy” and is a hairdresser and makeup artist as well. He does some great transformations and has plenty of sane advice for women to help them rediscover their style if it’s gotten lost over the years of looking after everyone else but themselves.
Brenda’s Wardrobe Companion by Brenda Kinsel
This is one of my all time favourites – so many techniques to think about and work through to help you understand more about what you do and don’t like. What you want to wear, how you want to express your style. It’s a must have for every personal stylist and image consultant (and everyone else interested in discovering their style). This is a book I re-read every now and again (and that’s something for me, as I really don’t re-read much as there is too much new to read).
Presence by Amy Cuddy
Not an image or style book per se, but all the research compiled by a Harvard Professor on how to have presence (which really does improve your style in its own way as your confidence improves).
Now what I’m reading next:
Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun
As he states on the first page “It’s rare that pepole think about what their own clothes signify about their place in the world or their priorities. Clothes are self-expression. If you have a limited range of outfits – say, only capri pants and t-shirts – it’s as though you have a limited range of words in your vocabulary.”
So tell me, which image/style/colour/fashion books have you found most enlightening?
Love your choices. I have several go-to books, but they don’t all fit on my nightstand…LOL. I love Brenda Kinsel’s book, Fashion Makeover. I also really love, Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic, by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset. Another book full of eye candy is titled, Style Yourself: inspired advice from the world’s top fashion bloggers, by weldonowen. A new book on the market that actually fits on my bedside table is titled,The Cool Factor, by Andrea Linett. I would be remiss if I did not mention my most favorite book of all…Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being by Susana Martinez Vidal. This book has its own special wagon to move it around. It is an art/style book and a bit costly.
Thanks for your suggestions Lisa – I will have to go check those out!
Imogen, I’m glad you asked! You Are What You Wear is in my nightstand stack. My all-time favorite is The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasure of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter by Linda Grant. I’ve bookmarked many favorite passages. I also like Style Evolution by Kendall Farr, Before You Put That On by Lloyd Boston, and an old classic, French Chic by Susan Sommers. I’m eager to see what other people recommend!
There are a few there I know of but haven’t read – will look into them.
Clinton Kelly’s “Oh No She Didn’t” doesn’t have a plethora of good advice, but is so funny/snarky that it is just a fun book to read.
I will have to have a read!
I read every book on style I could get my hands on a long time ago, when I was a young adult. The only book that made a real, concrete difference for me was whatever edition it was of John Malloy’s “Dress for Success.”
He gave real, detailed descriptions of what details of construction and tailoring made for high quality in a garment. I have used that knowledge ever since. And I’ve never seen it elsewhere; perhaps it’s in a book on tailoring for someone learning the trade.
I was able to buy highest quality garments at second hand thanks to Malloy.