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Fashion is not everyone’s thing and that’s totally cool! Comfort is key for most of us, and it would be a plus if the clothes were also cute/appealing to our different shapes and sizes. Style may be one of your dear passions and if not, after glancing at these style books, you just might surprise yourself.
1. Style by Lauren Conrad
Ex-reality star, Lauren Conrad has moved on to bigger and better things. You may remember her off the MTV scripted reality show, The Hills, which followed the lives of Lauren and her friends, Lo Bosworth, Audrina Patridge, and Heidi Montag. These days, Lauren has become a noted name in the fashion industry. She launched her own clothing lines, LC by Lauren Conrad, launched in 2009, and Paper Crown, launched in 2011. This is her first book that focuses primarily on clothing, though she has also authored a book soley about makeup techniques and tips entitled, Beauty. This is a wonderful book that is full of pictures that are sure to give you outfit inspiration!
2. Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion by Alan Flusser
Men want to look good just as much as women do! This author does a great job at explaining how it doesn’t take designer clothes and an unlimited amount of funds to look classy and put together. Perfect for the handsome man in your life or just to have for everyday reference!
3. 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman
Cally Blackman does a remarkable job in this book of illustrations that is perfect for the devoted fashion enthusiast. It’s one of those books you can gracefully place on your coffee table, but you’ll have a desire to pick it up and look through it
4. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Kline
Most people have a desire to look good. It’s difficult to pass up a 50 percent off sale at Forever 21 or a Buy One Get One Promo at Payless. Elizabeth Kline was like us. Trying to get the best for our buck even if the items may not be the best quality. In her book, she raises the curtain on how cheap it actually is for these affordable retailers to make the clothing we go crazy over to purchase. Is it better to invest in a few key pieces that are made of quality material and will last? Or continue to spend money on cheaper clothing that, yes, may nurture our wallets at the moment, though will ultimately cost us more in the long run to stitch up and fix?
5. The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant, Monica Corcoran Harel, January Jones (Foreword)
Mad Men was a show that, if you didn’t watch it for the drama, you watched it for the clothes. The 1960’s was a very special, unique time for the world and, as then President Kennedy said, full of “vigah” (vigor). The woman behind the style of the show, Janie Bryant, has released a book filled with tips and tricks that will make everyone stop and stare at you (in a good way).
6. Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life by Hillary Kerr, Katherine Power
Completely obsessing over the street style of Katie Holmes, Drew Barrymore, and Halle Berry? Fear no more. Now you can take inspiration from your favorite celebrities’ style and implement it into your own daily wardrobe with this easy to use guide.
7. The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia, Ruben Toledo(Illustrator)
Nina Garcia has held the title of esteemed Fashion Director at Marie Claire and Elle Magazines for years. You may also recognize her as having been a recurring judge on the popular Lifetime series, Project Runway. So, for all intents and purposes, Nina knows fashion and her Little Black Book will be a wonderful, and simple, guide for your fashion needs.
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