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Grab These Recommended Reads for Fashion Stylists
Written by TNT Tauna

Ever tried to look up good books specific to fashion styling? There's not a lot out there and most of the available information is still fairly new. Lucky for you, I've come up with an easy list of what we at The Stylist Handbook recommend for those who want to become Fashion or Wardrobe Stylists. Let this be your gift guide and feel free to forward this article to the friends and family who are shopping for you this Christmas!

Starting Your Career as a Photo Stylist: A Comprehensive Guide to Photo Shoots, Marketing, Business, Fashion, Wardrobe, Off Figure, Product, Prop, Room Sets, and Food Styling (Starting Your Career)

The title pretty much says it all. I was fortunate enough to get a signed copy of this book and I firmly believe it is an excellent resource for anyone looking at a career in Styling. Written by our good friend, Susan Linnet Cox, this recently released book covers everything from Fashion Styling to Food Styling and beyond. Discover exactly what each type of Stylist does and how to build your freelance business. In it, you will also find links to exceptional resources coming from someone who has been styling for over 20 years. This is truly a MUST READ for anyone looking to start their career in Styling!

The Power of DRES: DRES System's Guide to Building a Professional Image and Working Wardrobe (Volume 1)

This book, by another good friend of ours, Margaret Spencer, is great for learning more about the Image Consulting aspect of a career as a Stylist. Margaret's scientific approach to clothing fit using the DRES system can help you learn to identify body shapes and find the perfect fit for yourself and your clients. 

Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour
Hollywood's hottest Celebrity Stylist, Rachel Zoe, needs no introduction because we are huge fans of her here at The Stylist Handbook. As you may recall, our Fashion Director, Devon Poer, got to meet Rachel at an event we attended for her collaboration with Jockey during LA Fashion Week! While Rachel's book seems to be more geared towards developing personal style for the average consumer or celebrity, Stylists can still learn a thing or two from Rachel's advice and experience with Celebrity Styling.  

Secrets of Stylists: An Insider's Guide to Styling the Stars
Fashion Director of US Weekly and book author, Sasha Charnin Morrison, pulls from her 25 years of experience to give aspiring Stylists an insider look at the deceptively glamorous career in Celebrity Styling. The book has tons of interviews by Sasha's friends who are top Stylists to A-list stars and her book was one of the first How-To books on becoming a Stylist. 

100 Ideas that Changed Fashion
As a stylist, it's important to know your history. This book takes a look at the most influential fashion ideas that changed womenswear in the West from 1900 to the present day. This book is sure to become your fashion bible by not only documenting the changes in fashion but also explaining why those changes took place. 

The Look: Adventures in Rock & Pop Fashion
It is imperative for Stylists to be able to recognize the correlation between fashion and music. The Look is a fascinating book featuring the changing fashions that have paralleled every new movement in pop and rock music, from Elvis's suits to today's street fashions. 

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)
As a freelance Stylist, you will find yourself essentially owning your own business. So for those entrepreneurs out there this book is for you. Learn how to manage your time, double your income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvent yourself. This book is not specific to Stylists but is a great resource for all business professionals. 
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