Fashionable reads

Put together the perfect outfit for any occasion, and learn the latest lingo in the fashion industry with this month’s fashion-forward picks.

Put together the perfect outfit for any occasion, and learn the latest lingo in the fashion industry with this month’s fashion-forward picks.

books_AlwaysPack“Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion”

by Amanda Brooks (paperback, Blue Rider Press, 2015, 304 pages, $30)

“Always Pack a Party Dress” is a must-read for high-fashion or street style aficionados.

In a gorgeously produced gift book, Brooks shares her expertise and insider view with warm, candid and often witty prose.

books_StyleForever“Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous”

by Alyson Walsh (hardcover, Hardie Grant Books, 2015, 160 pages, $19.95)

Featuring a list of the best-ever products from six beauty editors as well as the grown-up wardrobe essentials and the best fashion hot spots in New York and London, this is the only fashion bible you ever will need.

books_Chic-tionary“Chic-tionary: The Little Book of Fashion Faux-cabulary”

by Stephanie Simons (hardcover, Skyhorse Publishing, 2014, 208 pages, $17.95)

“Chic-tionary” is a darling little dictionary of fashion and beauty words you never knew existed.

Have you ever tried something on at a department store without bothering to hang it back up (fit it then quit it)? Or been saved by a Sephora when a last-minute invitation strikes and you’re without makeup (serendipretty)?

books_DesignMuseum“Design Museum: Fifty Fashion Designers That Changed the World”

by Lauren Cochrane (hardcover, Conran, 2015, 112 pages, $20)

In the world of fashion, trends come and go, but the work of a small number of designers has survived to stand the test of time. From pioneers such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior to the era-defining figures of Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith, explore the stories and examine the work of the 50 most ingenious and influential designers in fashion history.

books_fashionbook“Fashion: A Visual History From Regency & Romance to Retro & Revolution”

by NJ Stevenson (hardcover, Martin’s Griffin, 2012, 288 pages, $29.99)

“Fashion: A Visual History” charts points in time when distinctive styles that began as extravagances of the very rich permeated through well-dressed society until a cut of cloth or choice of accessory defined fashion.

books_TheFashionBook“The Fashion Book”

(hardcover, DK Publishing, 2014, 160 pages, $15.99)

Style icons, designers and top models all give practical tips to create stunning outfits, explain key fashion terms, discuss careers in fashion and reveal secrets of the industry.

Books provided by the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org