In my quest to define style, learn from the experts and be inspired, I enjoy reading books on style and photography. They are a lot fun to read and can actually be great gifts as well. Here are some style books that I have read and some that are on my wish list.
I love your style – how to refine and define your personal style, by Amanda Brooks. This is a book I personally enjoyed and you can read my review.
American Fashion By Charlie Schelps. this is a book recommended by Oprah, that provides a richly illustrated celebration of the history of fashion in America. Looks really interesting with lots of pictures from icons like Lauren Bacall and Madonna.
How not to look old: fast and effortless ways to look 10 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, 10 times better. A fun book with quick and good tips to dress well and look well as you get old. Read my review of How not to look old.
How to create ageless personal style in your 40s and beyond, Kendall Farr shows readers how to create a hip, ageless, individual sense of personal style without feeding into the culture’s deep obsession with looking “young.” High on my ‘to read list’.
Staging your comeback, a complete beauty revival for women over 45, Christopher Hopkins. Currently on my to read table, this book offers a lot of practical tips with lots of illustrations on how to look great over 45.
The body shape bible, Trinny @ Susannah. The ultimate guide on body shape and how to dress for your shape. They identify 12 unique shapes and provide excellent dressing advice for each.
The one hundred, Nina Garcia. Nina Garcia highlights 100 fashion items she believes we should all own.
The lucky guide to mastering any style, Kim France and Andrea Linett. This book goes into detail about various styles and describes how to achieve them. Illustrated with lots of clothing examples and images. Review coming soon.
Style statement, live by your own design, Carrie McCarthy & Danielle LaPorte. Find out what defines you and the 2 words that describe your style. Find out more in my own review: how to discover your style statement or read about my own style statement.
Parisian chic, a style guide by Ines de la Fressange. If you want to add a bit of parisian style to your wardrobe then Ines offers many tips on how to get it. For more info you can read the parisian chic book review.
A guide to quality, taste & style, Tim Gunn: not always that easy to read but a little guide I refer back to time and time again.
The Essentials of fabulous, by Ellen Lubin-Sherman: a book about how to be fabulous as a total person. For more information read my book review of the essentials of fabulous.
Readers recommendations on my wish list or ordered books
My wonderful readers came with their own suggestions in the comments in this article and my 2013 gift ideas for women over 40. So here are some more great style books:
The Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, Fashion A History From The 18th To The 20th Century.
Influence, Mary-Kate Olsen
Audrey Style, Pamela Clarke Keogh
Jackie Style, Pamela Clarke Keogh
The power of style, Annette Tapert
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster, Dana Thomas
Instyle the New Secrets of Style: Your Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day, Jennifer Alfano
The Truth about Style, Stacey London
Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels, Charlotte Seeling
The Power of Style, Annette Tapert
Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, Derek Blasberg
D.V., Diana Vreeland
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Lisa Immordino Vreeland
I Want to Be Her!: How Friends & Strangers Helped Shape My Style, Andrea Linett, Anne Johnston Albert
Style Feed: The World’s Top Fashion Blogs, William Oliver, Susannah Lau
What are your favorite style books?
UPDATE: for some reason my complete list was not fully published initially, so here is is in full. I have also added recommendations from readers to the list! Love to add more, so be sure to give me your recommendations and reviews!