Style Guides : Reading Recommendations For The Best Fashion Inspiration

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We take in enormous amounts of information on a daily basis, more than we ever have in previous decades. I find myself skimming content quickly in hopes of consuming as much as I can in my small chunks of free time. But that’s not the way I want to take things in.

I want to absorb information thoughtfully, poring and delighting over the written and visual details. I look for strongly-curated, eloquently-expressed voices, and that is the standard that I hold myself to for the posts that I write for you. I appreciate the time and attention that you spend here – thank you!

So, for the time-pressed individual who would like to get informed style advice and trends, here are three of my favorite fashion sources.

My top three (digital and paper) reading recommendations for great style and fashion inspiration

InStyle Magazine

This is a current-season trend report, multiple look books, instructional style guide, and shopping guide all in one – it is my favorite style periodical. Out of all of the fashion magazines, page for page, InStyle Magazine has the highest concentration of useful style inspiration content. And I’ll let you know something: this is an image consultant favorite. How’s that for a testimonial of its credible value?

Glam Style iOS App

For those glued to their digital devices (and not wanting to go the route of subscribing to the digital version of a magazine), this is the creme de la creme of expert fashion blogger voices. The Glam Style app is a rich, beautifully-presented collection of fashion, healthy lifestyle, and seasonal articles (e.g. mantras and mindsets for the new year). I highly recommend snuggling up to the iPad version of this app to fully enjoy the visuals.

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

Remember Cliff Notes that existed for just about any subject (general or specific) in secondary/high school? Well, this book might as well be titled “Cliff Notes for Well-Dressed Style”. It is a small, incredibly easy-to-read compilation of one hundred clothing pieces and accessories that deserves a place in the chic modern woman’s closet. Most of the listings are classics, some of which have already been around for decades, so it’s fairly safe to say that the book should weather the test of time well enough. I enjoy the “Inside Track” tidbits which list examples of designers to look for with respect to a specific type of item.

Eye For Elegance in the Media

I’m thrilled to share that my ‘Blanket Wrap‘ photos were featured in two fashion digital channels: the Glam Style app (has to be downloaded from the iOS app store to be accessed and will be available until the end of January; a few more days :) ) and the UK-based China Blue Shoes blog! Here’s screenshots and text excerpts from both.

EyeForElegance Winter Wrap Styling Post Featured in Glam Style app and China Blue Shoes Street Style Round Up

From Glam’s January Style edition “Winter Staples From Our Favorite Fashionistas”:

“Come winter, I will never be seen without a warm wrap. They provide instant comfort and are a visually gorgeous way to layer creatively. With the help of an accessory such as a shoulder-pinned brooch or a skinny belt, I love draping a blanket scarf around me in a variety of flattering ways.” – Eye For Elegance

From China Blue Shoes’ “January Street Style Round Up”:

“When I saw Laurie’s outfit post, the first thing that came to mind was ‘WOW those boots!’ Over the knee boots are one of this winter’s biggest trends and I love how Laurie has styled them with a gorgeous plaid blanket scarf. Speaking of the blanket scarf, she’s actually created a post showing you different ways you can style it. Laurie really knows her stuff, so I definitely recommend heading over to her blog for a peek!” – Megan Hunt

 

Happy reading for fashion and style inspiration, and again, thank you for reading and supporting Eye For Elegance! <3

xoxo,

lauriel

 

 

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  • Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar

    Congratulations on being featured on these awesome fashion sites! How cool is that?! I love checking out different fashion apps and sites to get inspiration for new looks and to keep up on the latest fashion trends.

  • http://nataliemadeit.net/ Natalie H.

    Congrats on being featured on two popular fashion apps, that’s pretty cool. I don’t normally follow fashion anything, so I don’t really notice these type of things, but cool none the less. Those boots are pretty amazing, i have to admit though.

  • http://www.mydomesticdish.com Alysia from My Domestic Dish

    Although a one-spot-shop kind of app is convenient, I’m starting to really enjoy dropping by various blogs for some “Pinspiration” when it comes to fashion finds.
    I think it’s all subjective, really….BUT that 100 pieces article sounds perfect. I will have to try and find it outside of the app OR just go ahead and figure out a way to get Glam :P

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    Aww too bad there’s no app as coherent as Glam Style for Android users (PlayStore)? I like reading fashion tips that are consolidated in one app. That way, I won’t have to go through so many bloggers’ pages just to enjoy and learn in the process.

  • http://www.dressingdallas.com Lauren

    Congrats on being featured on those two sites!!! I’ve never read in-style mag or seen those other sights, but I am totally going to start reading them! I’m always looking for more fashion inspiration! xoxo Lauren http://www.dressingdallas.com

  • HomemakingExpert

    Definitely pinning this to reference later for these resources. I just began a fashion blog and am loving learning all about this fun and exciting niche! I look forward to checking out these resources. Thank you so much for sharing this post!

  • http://www.giveaways4mom.com/ Victoria H

    I am going to have to check out these references. Thanks for
    sharing them. They all appear to have great information and they could be
    useful for me as I need to be more in the know how about what is going on since
    I spend so much time working. Also, congrats on your feature.

  • http://www.SamanthaAngell.com/ Samantha Angell

    Congrats on being featured with your blanket scarves! Aren’t they just the best? I will also have to check out the 100 pieces article- I could definitely use a wardrobe revamp, and I think this would be the perfect thing for myself. Although 100 pieces does seem like a lot of clothes to me! Does it include accessories?

  • http://www.myrabev.blogspot.co.uk/ Mia Myrabev

    Congratulations on the feature hun, I do remember that blanket scarf it is definitely one memorable post since i have that scarf too. You always look great anyway and thanks for recommending those magazines/App to check out.