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.
21 steps to a More Stylish You. This used to be a book but it’s now an online interactive style course. It will transform your personal style!
Accessorize Me Confident & Beautiful: The most comprehensive and fun course online which teaches you everything you need to know about accessories
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.
Love Style Life – A wonderful book about style and life by the stylish french Garance Doré.
Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous. Alyson Walsh is a journalist and blogger and she has a very down-to-earth approach to style. Her book gives you clear guidelines on how to achieve timeless effortless style. Find out which style tribe you feel you belong to or get inspired by the many stylish women that are featured in the book.
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.
D.V., Diana Vreeland. I loved this book which is full of great anecdotes and small stories of Diana Vreeland’s life in a bygone era.
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.
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
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
It, Alexa Chung: The darling of the fashion world and co-host of the music TV show Fuse News shares her inspirations, musings, and her own very personal and eclectic style
Style Feed: The World’s Top Fashion Blogs, William Oliver, Susannah Lau
In my shoes: A personal account of the woman who grew Jimmy Choo into a billion dollar brand.
Fashion 2.0: Season of Change : A Forecast of Digital Trends Set to Disrupt the Fashion Industry, Yul Ziv: If you like to know more about the fashion industry and digital media
The world according to Karl: Karl Lagerfeld’s quick wit and silver tongue are as notorious as Chanel’s quilted handbag. This book is a cornucopia of his Karlisms: cultivated, unpredictable, provocative, sometimes shocking, but always impossible to ignore.
The fashion book: new and extended edition: Spanning almost 200 years, this is a massive A-to-Z encyclopedia of fashion packed with hundreds of profiles designers, photographers, style icons, models, and retailers.
Beyond chic, Ivan Terestchenko: look into the homes of designers like Chanel, Alaïa, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Kenzo, and Missoni
Humans of New York, beautiful quotes and photos of people in New York
Unshopping: Recovery solutions from an ex-shopaholic, written by fabulous blogger Debbie Roes. This book will help you with your shopping addition and teach how you can look more stylish with fewer clothes.
The woman I wanted to be by Diane von Furstenberg. An inspiring biography from this iconic designer.
What are your favorite style books?
UPDATE: this list is constantly updated with my new finds and recommendations from readers. If you know of a great style or coffee table book, let me know! I also have a complete gift guide with other gift ideas for women over 40