Fashion Advice for Women: Book Reviews (and Other Media) to Help You Get Chic Quickly

Fashion advice for women is everywhere; the trick is sorting through it all to find what genuinely helps you to develop and express your personal style.

Here are a few types of books that you can find at your library or buy online. You also will find online sources selling fashion e-books and videos.

Some online books, videos, and workshops may be worth the cost. Other may not be. Remember that writing the online sales pitch can be an art in itself, designed to get you to make the click.

You may find exactly what you need without spending anything or only a modest amount of money.

Look under Wardrobe Planning, menu bar left, to find articles about wardrobe planning and 11 style do-and-don't tips about clothes for mature women. Another section of the site that is adding articles are pages about older celebrity fashion icons and style leaders.

The downside of library books and videos is that they must be returned. If you find one that you love, it may be time to purchase it to consult again and again.

Educate Your Fashion Sense At Your Local Library

Fashion guides cover the fundamentals of dressing for color, body type, and wardrobe planning. A good one can become your go-to how-to directory.

Branch out to read about how dynamic and creative women create their own fashion looks. For example:

Famous well-dressed women, such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn, had more to offer the world than a a closet full of designer clothes.

They had a sense of style that governed the choices they made. Few women become glamorous by accident.

Fashion editors invent fashion statements. Diana Vreeland almost singlehandedly created the modern fashion magazine. Anna Wintour and Nina Garcia are towering fingures today. Be inspired, and invent your own style.

Here's a Forbes magazine article about powerful fashion editors.

Photograph collections famous fashion photographers, such as Richard Avedon, can be pricey. These, too, may be found in libraries. Most have Interlibrary Loan services. If what you want isn't at your local branch, ask.

Artists, writers, and designers develop trend-setting styles. Some who are in top form today have books reviewed at Fashion After 50. Study not only their photos but their philosophy to become a style leader, instead of a follwer.

Celebrity Authors, Designers, & Fashion-Plates, Alphabetically By Last Name

Coco Chanel on Lifetime TV. Lightweight treatment of the designer who influenced so much of how we dress today. Best quotation: "Everything is fashion. Like culture, fashion and style about a way of living to cultivate beauty around us."

Doonan, Simon. Witty and fun to read. Doonan is Barney's of New York stylist and a frequent television fashion commentator.

If you need a poke to try something new and different, you may want to try Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You or Wacky Chicks: Life Lessons from Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run with the Wolves cracked open my creativity and journey toward late-life wholeness. Thank you, Dr. Estes.

Gunn, Tim. Candidate for nicest guy in the fashion world, this style guru stepped out of academic to become a media celebrity with Project Runway, a contest for young fashion designers.

His fashion advice for women is timeless and sensible.

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style was followed up with Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work.

You also may be interested in Fashion Guru Throwdown: Tim Gunn vs.Simon Doonan.

Vreeland, Diana. She was a fashion force unto herself as editor of Vogue. She emphasized drama, details, and developing unique style and almost single-handedly invented the field of fashion news as we know it today.

Her autobiography, D.V. is a galloping romp through several decades of history and fashion.

Fashion Topics and Titles Alphabetically: When Subject Means More than the Last Name

Aging as a Life Stage, reviews of books, often written from a Jungian perspective.

Archetypes and Goddesses. Reviews of books with this theme: Jean Shinoda Bolen, Caroline Myss, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and others.

For example, the wise crone archetype is depicted in interviews by Sally Palmer Thomason in her book, The Living Spirit of the Crone.

Essential Style, Essential Self is a collaboration between fashion expert Alyce Parsons and personality systems experts Kathy Hurley and Theodore Donson.

Jackie: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.. What Would Jackie Do? is a guidebook for making style an essential element of how one lives; in her case with courage, discipline, and balance.

Lady Gaga. She wasn't the first to create controversy by dressing in bubbles.

Pants by Laurence Behaim shows how the battle of who wears the trousers in the family reflects the struggle for women's rights. This lavishly illustrated coffee-table tome is now rather expensive but may be available through your inter-library loan service.

Personality and style: Psychology Today (2008, Oct.) articles on how to develop a unique clothing and overall style.

Ready to Wear by Mary Lou Andre: If I could only have one book of fashion advice for women, this would be it.

She's Got the Look TV modelling competition featured Dolores de Vega, 72, for six episodes. Read her inspiring story here.

Style Rx by Brigette Raes introduces you to the relationship between skin tone and color hue. It also treats body type concisely. Definitely worthwhile fashion advice for women.


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