Fashion shouldn't just go in your closet. It should be on your bookshelf, too. So, why not make this a season of style with books about looks for the fashionista on your holiday gift list?
Neiman Marcus Pop Up Book
(Melcher Media, $100). Celebrating its centennial, the Dallas-based luxury-goods store has put together an exquisite book of seven oversized pop-up scenes conceived by NM creative director Tim Flannery and photographer Geof Kern. Our favorite pop-up: a dramatic couture gown created from Neiman Marcus ads.
The Little Dictionary of Fashion
by Christian Dior (Abrams, $19.95). With fashion tips from A to Z, Dior first wrote this book in 1954 and it's available again, in a handbag-size edition.
Details Men's Style Manual
by Daniel Peres and the editors of Details magazine (Gotham, $30). From how to buy a suit to how to pull off wearing a sweater with one (you can't lose with a turtleneck),
offers valuable advice to the modern man who wants to make a few changes, including ditching casual Fridays for a more refined and elegant look, fit and style. Fun to read are the "Rules of Style" lists from several designers.
Harper's Bazaar Great Style: Best Ways to Update Your Look
by Jenny Levin (Sterling Publishing Co., $24.95). With advice on how women of all ages can always look their best, this book covers a lot of ground, from casual to glam, in the office or on the town. But it's the tips that cut to the chase, such as the working girl's 10 essential must-haves: trousers, blazers, pencil skirts, white button-ups, silk blouses, simple cardigans, dresses (shirt, shift or sheath), pumps, structured bag, and belts.
by Colin McDowell (St. Martin's Press, $29.95). From the moment she became the Princess of Wales, Diana Spencer captured not only our hearts, but also the attention of the fashion world. How could she not with a 25-foot-long wedding dress train?
The Seductive Shoe: Four Centuries of Fashion Footwear by Jonathan Walford (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $40). Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Stuart Weitzman, Charles Jordan, Birkenstock, Reebok, open-toed, galoshes, boots, sandals, heels - the footwear is endless in this photo-heavy offering about shoes through the last 400 years.
Iconic America: A Roller-Coaster Ride Through the Eye-Popping Panorama of American Pop Culture
by Tommy Hilfiger with George Lois (Universe Publishing, $60). With more than 400 iconic images, Hilfiger and Lois update us on American pop culture with the iPod, the bull's-eye Target logo, and Brangelina. Of course, there are several fashion nods, but our fave icon is a tribute to lipstick.