Christmas Gift Guide – Fashionable Books


For the budding fashionista there are a whole host of books around to tickle their fancy and get their style fix, here are a few of our favourites.

Betty Cornell's Teen-age Popularity GuideBetty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide

Straight from the 1950’s, Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Populrity Guide has been reprinted for a new generation, a generation of young and old who are in love with all things vintage.

Betty Cornell was a fashion model in her teens during the late 1940’s and 1950’s.  All of her experience, tips and tricks have been written down in this book to help the teenage girl in search of popularity.

Betty says ‘…all my secrets of poise and glamour in one big book…’

Of course, now the book is a glance into an era that fascinates new generations.  It may not offer the ability to achieve popularity anymore, in the sense the book was originally intended, but what it does do is offer advice as to what to wear when, what accessories to put with which outfit, make up to suit skin tone and even looks at posture.

Published by Penguin Books for £9.99

CSC Cover UKCasual Sweet Clothes by Noriko Sasahara

Noriko Sasahara is a fashion graduate of Bunka Fashion College in Japan, she has studied under Tomoka Nakamichi, won the Grand Prize in Men’s Fashion  (sponsored by Bunka Gakuen) and now has an illustrious career creating outfits for artists to wear in music videos, on stage, for corporate advertising and much more besides, including writing sewing books!

Casual Sweet Clothes is a collection of 18 beautiful patterns created by Noriko to provide ‘effortless style, as well as staple piece potential.’  Each look is minimalistic but extremely effective and feminine.

The patterns are illustrated with plenty of helpful and easy to understand diagrams to help guide you through the process of creating your own stunning creations, supported by striking photography.  The designs all have a unique characteristic and can be seen to have been influenced by years of fabulous fashion icons.

Complete with 18 patterns to pull out and use, Casual Sweet Clothes is published by Laurence King and available for £14.95.

Liberty StyleLiberty Style by Martin Wood

Since 1875 Regents Street in London has played home to Liberty.  Situated in a stunning Elizabethan Building, Liberty has long be associated with high class, style and fashion.

Liberty Style by Martin Wood is a wondrous book that brings together the story of Liberty and the Liberty family spanning more than 100 years of history. Wood tells of the incredible influence that Liberty has had on the British and indeed, international spheres of fashion, textiles, metalwork and glassware.

The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and documents relating to this great British institution.

Liberty Style is published by Frances Lincoln in hardback for £35, a striking keepsake for any follower of fashion!

Loom Band ItLoom Band It by Kat Roberts and Tessa Sillars-Powell

The latest craze for kids and grown up alike right now, it the wonderful world of loom bands.  Tiny elastic bands that are woven into intricate and colourful patterns, resulting in unique and fashionable jewellery, that children of any age can attempt.

Loom Band It by Kat Roberts and Tessa Sillar-Powell has 60 fantastic  projects to make and complete, no matter what your age, if you love loom bands then this book is for you.

To please your budding loomineer this Christmas, grab a copy of this book for £9.99 published by Apple Press.

9781409352327The Fashion Book by Alexandra Black

This amazing book is just the ticket for anyone who loves fashion, the history of fashion or having a unique style of their own.

Packed full of information all about the history of fashion, from how to be a well dressed lady to getting the rock chick look, it will take the reader through incredible vintage styles, modern looks and everything needed to be known about the world of fashion.

Littered with fashion industry secrets and top tips, fabulous sketches and brilliant photographs, this is a sure fire winner for the fashion lover.

Available from DK Books for £9.99


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