Style isn't really something you can learn from a book—so few of us even learn it from real life :(—but a book *can* leave you with words and images that inform the individual way you dress and live. Here, 15 titles after which you'll never be the same (sartorially) again.
Really great old photos, even better, time-transcending advice.
Personal style is a journey that doesn't end even when everyone around you is in cardigans and no-slip orthopedics.
Robin Givhan is a goddess among fashion writers, and she's at her best examining the legendary showdown between American and French designers. It's like being a fly on the wall.
"What's this lame old book doing in here," you might be asking yourself. First, that's rude. Second, remember that dude on a really long-ago season of The Bachelorette whose *thing* was sprezzatura? He got it all wrong, so don't be like him, read this dusty tome, and actually know WTF you're talking about when you talk about giving off the effect of carelessness but actually caring a lot.
Pictures that will haunt you. Done.
Serious thoughts about clothes and the way they create our selves and how we relate to others. #intellectual #brainworkout
"There is one thing I love on Earth: to learn." And so you shall from fashion's great uncle.
Just look at it this way: If Posh Spice can turn herself into Victoria Beckham through sheer will and careful grooming, you can at least give her the courtesy of listening to her story.
Outwardly (and inwardly, mostly) Face Paint is a makeup book, but Lisa Eldridge has such an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion—her Biba stories, OMG—that you can't *not* learn history and the putting-together of a strong aesthetic.
Fashion in the larger context of history and social change. You won't be able to look at a Chanel suit the same way again.
LOL @ the title, but this is basic information you need to know but probably don't yet.
Super campy—Do I really need to know this much about whom you slept with, Diane? (Yes, kinda.)—but also so relentlessly woman- and life-affirming that you'll feel like you could build your own wrap-dress empire after.
Two broken geniuses. Two in-depth looks at what it means to devote your life wholly to fashion. You will cry.
With the return of the tracksuit (dun dun DUNNN), the story of Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor is more relevant than ever—though that particular brand of Horatio Alger-ism, especially with a healthy dash of fur and velour, never really gets old.
Ditto, but with a very real, gritty look at Mellon's battles with anxiety and depression (and some business partners). The lesson here is rule with an iron hand in a velvet glove, don't let anyone play you, etc., etc.