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Whether you're into Do-It-Yourself wardrobe makeovers, couture design, or just off-the-rack...if you've got style, you'll want to check out these books.
Glam It Up ... YA fiction about fashion
- Ripped at the Seams, by Nancy Krulik – Can Sami Granger make it as a fashion designer in NYC? How about after her hottie boss steals her designs?
- Catwalk, by Deborah Gregory – Pashmina Purrstein is a student at Fashion International high school in NYC – she and three friends are starting a fashion house to enter the annual Catwalk competition.
- Summer Intern, by Carrie Karasyov & Jill Kargman - Kira Parker lands a job as an intern at Skirt, the hottest fashion magazine. Now she has to survive a summer on her own in the city, battling the bratty daughter of the magazine's owner for her dream job … and her dream guy.
- Indie GirlIndie Girl, by Kavita Daswani – Indie Konkipuddi will do anything to become a fashion reporter – even become a nanny to a troublesome toddler in order to land a job at Celebrity Style magazine.
- Lucky T, by Kate Brian – Carrie has everything going for her, and she owes it all to her lucky t-shirt. When her mom accidentally donates it to charity, Carrie follows the t-shirt to India to try to get it back.
- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, by Ann Brashares – Four girls have eventful summers and share a seemingly magical pair of jeans. Try these books that read like this one.
- Poseur, by Rachel Maude – four girls at a swanky school do NOT get along – but they are forced to work together to create a fashion label. Also check out the next book in the Poseur series: The Good, The Fab, and the Ugly. Each one contains patterns for DIY fashion!
- The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger - the book that inspired the movie - Andrea develops a sense of style working for the head of a fashion magazine - and the claws come out!
- Lock and Key, by Sarah Dessen - an eccentric but lovable jewelry-remaker features prominently in this story of a girl coming to terms with her family's past and present configurations. She wears a pendant made of an old key.
Define Your Style ... Fashion Tips and Style Icons
- Style, by Kate Spade – discover the influences and attitudes of designer Kate Spade.
- Style Trix for Cool Chix, by Leanne Warrick – find the best looks for your look and tips on making over your wardrobe.
- Careers in the Fashion Industry, by John Giacobello – the nitty gritty on being in the fashion business.
- All the Rage, from Time-Life books – have fun with fads and fashion history
- Influence, by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – the twins introduce us to creative visionaries that have influenced their lives, careers, and sense of fashion.
- The One Hundred: a Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own, by Nina Garcia – from Elle magazine to Project Runway, Nina Garcia has proven her fashion savvy. In this book, she shares what she believes to be essentials of timeless fashion.
- A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style, by Tim Gunn – our Project Runway mentor guides us to find a truly classy style of our own. He explains a lot of fashion terms and discusses the relationship of fashion icons to personal style.
Reclaim your Wardrobe ... DIY Style Resources
- Crafty Diva's DIY Style Book, by Kathy Cano-Murillo. This book helps you embrace the full DIY attitude - lots of ideas.
- Cosmo Girl Make it Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects- great techniques for making clothes, accessories, and things to make you beautiful!
- Subversive Seamster, by Melissa Alvarado – this book is for when you're ready to take your sewing skills to the next level.
- The Yestermorrow Clothes Book, by Diana Funaro – okay, I _know_ this one looks dated – but look beyond the decade and see that it has very good descriptions of the techniques used to re-form and re-fit clothes from one style to another. Use these techniques to take your thrift-store finds and update them in your own fresh style.
- Generation T: 108 ways to Transform a T-shirt, by Megan Nicolay – this awesome DIY guide helps you turn a drab t-shirt into something (anything!) fabulous.
- Terrific T-Shirts: hundreds of ways to create your own designs, by Chris Rankin – painting, embellishing, printing, tie-dye – this book offers inspiration for designing and decorating t-shirts in a multitude of ways.
DIY Denim and Jeans
- Injeanious, by Lauren Greene – this one has lots of ideas about what to do with that denim – though a lot of them require some sewing.
- In-jean-uity, by Ellen Warwick – this book has a lot of fun ideas that are less intensive but just as creative.
- The Blue Jean Book: the story behind the seams, by Tanya Kyi – want to learn fun facts about the history of denim? Look no further than this book.
- Jazzy Jeans, by Mickey Baskett – some of these look a little cheesy, but look here for ideas with lots of added embellishments, and some good standard techniques.
- American Denim: a new Folk Art, by Baron Wolman - this might look really dated, but take a look at the techniques and think about how you could update the style. Look what they did with those denims!!
- Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox, by Hannah Rogge - Use washers, nuts, and other metal thingies from the hardware store to make awesome jewelry.
- Dangles and Bangles: 25 Funky Accessories to Make and Wear, by Sherri and Michelle Haab - DIY charms, pins, purses and bracelets.
- Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects, by Marthe LeVan - Take your jewelry-making to another level with these examples from professional designers using found objects.
- Handmade Jewelry: Simple Steps to Creating Wearable Art, by Carol Grape - Learn to think about various unconventional materials in a whole new way.
- Simply Beaded Bliss: Adding Unique Elements to Classic Beaded Jewelry, Gifts and Cards, by Heidi Boyd - Adds found objects and hardware bits to more traditional beads and jewelry supplies.