I am a major bookworm. No kindle or iPad for me - I still love turning pages and getting lost in the  fantasy of great literature.

I'm also a major fan of fashion or style related  self-help books. Usually, they all say the same thing, "less is more" and so forth, but two style manuals have opened my eyes recently.

The Ellements of Personal Style by Elle magazine editors Joe Zee and Maggie Bullock is one of the best style books of the year. Zee, known for his parts on MTV's The City, highlights 25 women known for their personal style.  My style crushes, actress Tracee Ellis Ross and singer Estelle, are featured along with classic beauties Angelica Houston, Charlotte Rampling and a few Hollywood It girls. The images are amazing; think celebrity style features mixed with shopping editorials. I haven't been this excited about a self help book since The Secret. 

Harper's Bazaar Fashion: Your Guide To Personal Style is another pleasant read. Compared to Ellements, it's less profile-centric, and more focused on how-to's for people who are already style-savvy. Consider it cliff notes for those with a BA in style. The book is less Hollywood-based and covers more socialites, designers and classic style icons. It's a true guide to developing individual style, as well as how to dress for specific occasions. A helpful read for those who may feel like they are in a style rut.


Where do you get style tips? Do you read any style manuals?

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