Style & Beauty

The 7 Style Books That You Should Add To Your Personal Library

Some might think that style books only make great additions to coffee tables, but there are many fashion-focused books that are worth curling up with, especially in these brisk winter months. To some of us, these books make inspiring reads, complete with advice that we can't live without.

Here are some of our favorites that you'll definitely want to make space for on your bookshelves.

"D.V." by Diana Vreeland
"D.V." the autobiography of Diana Vreeland is my ultimate favorite style tome, because she is hands down the most badass fashion editor that ever lived. This woman literally ironed her money so that she could pay with crisp cash and polished the bottom of her shoes so that when she crossed her legs you didn't have to look at the dirty sole. Beyond her polished aesthetics, she was also a meticulous and thoughtful editor. I've read this book three times and each read deepens my passion for my career...and, of course, my personal style.--Julee Wilson, Fashion & Beauty Editor
"Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro" by Bobbi Brown
"Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro" is a book that I still turn to today when I am in need of a refresher on which makeup brushes to use, getting my cream eyeshadow to not budge or the correct order to apply concealer and foundation to cover up dark spots. In addition to Brown's step-by-step instructions, the makeup maven also offers sound advice on what it takes to really succeed in the beauty business. My favorite tip: Be nice to everyone. -- Dana Oliver, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor
"Women In Clothes" by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton
"Women In Clothes" made me totally reconsider the way I think about style and getting dressed. The 500 page book includes tiny excerpts from women spanning all nationalities, races, creeds and socio-economic backgrounds and delves into our intimate and often complicated relationship with fashion. The book was able to articulate things I have never been able to put into words and it completely opened my eyes to how clothes can be a lens to look at deeper, more meaningful issues. -- Michelle Persad, Fashion Editor
"Details: A Stylist's Secrets To Creating Inspired Interiors" by Lili Diallo
Lili Diallo's book "Details" wasn't only one of the first books I used to decorate my first adult apartment -- in both senses of the word "decorate" -- it signaled for me a new era of women of color making moves in the home design world, and the path I only knew to a degree before then that I was destined to take. Plus it helped me get my Domino mag fix after it folded! -- Jessica Anderson, Home Editor
"In Your Face" by Mario Testino
Mario has captured some of my favorite fashion moments and every time I look through the pages I smile. It sits open on my coffee table so his genius can brighten my home.-- Brooke Stein, Director of Product Marketing
"The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger
Call me cliché, but "The Devil Wears Prada" is one of my favorite fashion books of all time. It brought me into a world that at the time I had no access to. And even though the book painted the fashion industry in a not-so-flattering light, immersing myself in the fun stuff -- the clothes, the fashion shows, the CLOTHES, really piqued my interest. I knew it was something I needed to be part of in some capacity, and now, being in this industry and seeing its differences from the book, I realize it kind of prepared me for the worst! -- Jamie Feldman, Associate Style Editor
"Getting Gorgeous" By The Editors of InStyle
On a whim, this book fell into my hands my sophomore year of high school and changed my approach to makeup. It had all of the basics I needed, from applying skin care to properly grooming my nails. However, it also sparked the beginning of my experimentation with makeup. One part shows the ins and outs of applying eye makeup according to eye shape, and that inspired me to try different types of eyeliners and various colors of eyeshadow to see how they would affect my everyday look. Of course, some of the tips might be outdated and there are non-inclusive tutorials, but Getting Gorgeous was the foundation (har har) to my beauty interests. -- Chanel Parks, Associate Style Editor
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