The Clothes Make The Woman: 10 Books for Revamping Your Wardrobe

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HMBlazer_400Does your wardrobe need a reboot for summer? There’s no better time than the change of season to go through your closet to figure out what still works, what you need, and what has to go. If you’ve been thinking of a major overhaul, now is the time to do it. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to update the key pieces. It’s all about finding your sense of style, and knowing how to use it.

Read the books on this list to revitalize your closet. Make key purchases or DIY it using chic, easy-to-sew patterns to update your wardrobe, helping you feel and look your best.

Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life

Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life

by George Brescia

Open the door to harmonious, powerful, and positive dressing with a guide that’s like The Secret—for your wardrobe. In this groundbreaking how-to book, style expert George Brescia shows you how to transform yourself from the inside out. More than a style guide, this revolutionary book by a seasoned stylist teaches a method of conscious dressing that begins with a powerful internal change. Instead of just grabbing for whatever’s on hand, you’ll learn to set your goals for the day, determining how you want to be perceived, and then dress in a way that helps manifest those intentions. Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life reveals the true power your clothing has to affect your life, showing how this second skin impacts your job prospects, your romantic life, your income, and even your deepest sense of self. Translating his styling methods into a philosophy anyone can apply on her own, Brescia also delivers tips and tricks of the trade to help convert even the most hapless dresser into a happy and educated shopper. Because the goal is to have you not only looking great, but feeling more confident, too. From major closet overhauls to a whole new philosophy on color, this is a comprehensive manual for anyone who’s ever looked at her closet in despair. Accessible, direct, honest, and thought-provoking, Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life takes an eye-opening look at the intersection between our clothing and our emotions, hopes, and dreams, showing us how improving our external appearance can have life-changing effects on how we’re perceived by others—and more importantly, on how we perceive ourselves.

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Front Roe: How to Be the Leading Lady in Your Own Life

Front Roe: How to Be the Leading Lady in Your Own Life

by Louise Roe

Louise Roe—internationally renowned fashion journalist, TV host, and makeover guru—knows style. It’s not about trends but about being your own person and sharing the things you love in your appearance, your home, and your personality. In Front Roe, Louise shares her expertise on cultivating personal style and feeling like a confident leading lady in your own life.

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Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget

Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget

by Clinton Kelly

The style guru and author of Freakin’ Fabulous shows you how to have it all—haute fashion, food and décor—at bargain-basement prices. As co-host of TLC’s popular What Not to Wear and ABC’s The Chew, Clinton Kelly is constantly helping his guests look and feel their best. Now he’s going to share his secrets for making every part of your life more fabulous—whether you want to make over your wardrobe, add glamour to your next soiree, or brighten up that dingy bathroom—even if there’s no room in your budget. As Kelly doles out wit and wisdom on everything from thrift store sprees to proper dinner etiquette, he playfully reminds you that you don’t need to be a movie star to live like one…as long you shop smartly. Remember, anybody can be fabulous—it’s not the size of your funds but how you use them.

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The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own

by Nina Garcia

Fashion authority Nina Garcia decided to address the most popular question readers consistently ask her: Exactly what are fashion’s timeless pieces? The One Hundred answers this question and provides women with a tangible style map to follow when planning a shopping trip and stocking one’s closet. With illustrations from world-renowned fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo, The One Hundred contains the 100 items that Nina believes will never go out of style, and that have become absolutely indispensable for any woman reaching for her own eternal fashion look.

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She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style

She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style

by Yuko Takada

Sew edgy, urban clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe. More and more women are opting to make their own clothes, but most of the books on the market emphasize girly, feminine designs. She Wears the Pants is the first Japanese sewing book (in English) to focus on the increasingly popular “borrowed–from–the–boys” look. Already one of the best–known and reviewed sewing books in Japan, this sporty addition to the sew–it–yourself craze is poised to take the American DIY sewing market by storm. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion Institute, Yuko Takada provides patterns and instructions for making twenty spare and streamlined wardrobe items.

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How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank

How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank

by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig has spent twenty years as a beauty editor, and her contact list is packed with the names of the most exclusive stylists in the business. In How to Look Expensive, she combines her own experience with highly coveted secrets she’s learned from the experts to help readers achieve buttery highlights, luminous skin, flawless makeup, and more, all on a budget. Delivering red-carpet looks without putting readers in the red.

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The Tidy Closet: Tips From A French Woman: Easy Steps And Motivation To Declutter Your Closet And Organise Your Wardrobe

The Tidy Closet: Tips From A French Woman: Easy Steps And Motivation To Declutter Your Closet And Organise Your Wardrobe

by Marie-Anne Lecoeur

Are you stuck in a rut and in despair over your untidy closet? Do you want your clothes to show you off to your best advantage? Do you lack motivation and know-how? Are you crying out for a helping hand? Marie-Anne Lecoeur draws from her life in France to give you simple advice and tips to motivate you to declutter and tidy your closet today.

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You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You

You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You

by Jennifer Baumgartner

Most every woman has found herself with a closet full of too many clothes or surrounded by brand-new items that somehow never get worn. Instead she gets stuck wearing the same few familiar pieces from a wardrobe that just doesn’t feel “right.” Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner argues that all those things are actually manifestations of deeper life issues. What if you could understand your appearance as a representation of your inner unresolved conflicts and then assemble a wardrobe to match the way you wish to be perceived? In this fashion guide that is like no other, Dr. Baumgartner helps readers identify the psychology behind their choices, so they can not only develop a personal style that suits their identity but also make positive changes in all areas of life.

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The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age

The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age

by Lois Joy Johnson and Cheryl Tiegs

In a fashion world that constantly speaks to youth, The Wardrobe Wakeup, is an essential look book for every woman 40+. Leading fashion and beauty editor Lois Joy Johnson shares style-boosting, closet reviving, money-saving fashion tricks she’s learned over thirty years working with A-list models, celebrities, and real women. The Wardrobe Wakeup is packed with solutions to fashion dilemmas specific to women 40+, like: changes in skin that make baring legs, arms, and chest an uncomfortable experience; working with colleagues half your age or a boss twenty years younger; going on job interviews where the competition is thirty years old. Lois also addresses fashion problems surrounding lifestyle changes including the horrors of dating again, what’s sexy vs. sleazy, and rethinking spending on clothes if living on investments or 401(k)s.

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Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials for the Modern Wardrobe

Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials for the Modern Wardrobe

by Sato Watanabe

Sew chic, dark-toned clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe. Basic Black is the English edition of a classic Japanese sewing book which provides sew-it-yourself Western-sized patterns for 26 basic garments, along with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions. Author Sato Watanabe has published many books that are favorites among Japanese sewing fans. In this book she shows you how to make truly professional-quality pieces easily and inexpensively at home. All the styles are thoroughly modern and practical, ranging from softly feminine or straight-line simple to smartly-tailored or loosely-deconstructed. Simple lines make these garments perfect for women of all ages and all sizes.

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