DIY Fashion & style – Where to Start!

DIY Fashion & style – Where to Start!


This year, if you are planning to enhance your style or planning to get a Wardrobe makeover try these books to chart out your priorities and to learn basics about fashion, clothing, trends (as well as classic looks), and most important of all – what would look best on your body.

As a stylist and a consultant I have referred these books to lots of clients to not only help them understand themselves in terms of Fashion and style but also to develop their own style independently.

A book may never come close to a personal shopping assistant, but a good book can definitely teach you to be your own assistant. It may take you a little longer to pick the perfect outfit (as opposed to an experienced shopper telling you what to buy), but you will in the end come out a much stronger ‘buyer’. As the ancient saying goes – ““Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” (author unknown)


What you can expect from these books and what they are best at –


The One Hundred – Nina Garcia

A book on timeless and stylish pieces from Nina Garcia .

Book Contains – A to Z style directory and pieces every woman must own , starting with a Line dresses . The book also shows some timeless and classic items for a woman’s wardrobe and how to wear them.



How to Have Style – Isaac Mizrahi  – Discover your style by identifying your favorite colors , movies , your best features etc.

Book can help you with how to take the stress out of your every day dressing – whether you are a stay at home mom, an entrepreneur , traveling for business , starting a new job or reinventing yourself! It also teaches you to make your own storyboard and how to use it in your daily styling.




Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

Not almost as good as a chat with Tim Gunn but certainly a good read for Style conscious women of all ages . The book is informative , witty and fun to read . It contains lots of style suggestions and notes from Tim Gunn where Style can go wrong and what you can do to improve it.

The book also helps you in realizing the potential in your current wardrobe and how to weed out the pieces that doesn’t work for you.

A great book to avoid fashion faux pas.




A Guide to Elegance – Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux spent most of her life in Paris, and now lives in the south of France. Her talent for design and making costume jewelry led her to Nina Ricci where she was the director for many years.

The book is a classic and a must have. I think this is my most favorite of all the books I have read on style and Fashion.

Some of the tips are too old fashioned but the gentle suggestions are charming and helpful. There is a lot of information on etiquette and when accessories should be used.

And if you wonder why these fashion gurus would sell their knowledge so cheap? I came across another, not so ancient saying, just the other day – “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you can sell him fishing equipment.” (Author unknown)


Enjoy 😀

-Payal Jaggi


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