In this blog I usually stick to themes of productivity and learning, or cover a few drops splattering off the giant umbrella of “self-improvement,” but for once, with this shockingly abrupt onset of winter, I thought it might be appropriate to lighten up a bit. And even though our current weather is not exactly unseasonable, I saw no reason why our topic shouldn’t be. Therefore, today we are going to cover… fashion!

Much like fashion magazines and runway shows are produced several seasons in advance, with editorial teams and atelier drones feverishly analyzing bathing suits in the middle of blizzards, many of us in North Idaho get through the 9 months of winter by dreaming of tropical breezes or the hot dry rocks of Moab (personally, I love winter - don’t shoot!). And even though there is exactly nowhere in North Idaho that is appropriate for spike heels, that shouldn’t stop us from fantasizing about shortened Achilles tendons and LEGS FOR DAYS. But I digress. If the dwindling hours of sunlight are getting you down, and you feel like baking your phone into a delicious pudding instead of staring dolefully at its reminders to work out, cook a gourmet vegan meal, or attain enlightenment, I hereby give you permission to visit your local library (wink, wink) and check out one or more of these fabulous resources, to fill your eyes with colors and patterns and sparkles, oh my!

Or... maybe you trend toward the more practical end of the style spectrum, and prefer to KonMari your closet and/or create a capsule wardrobe while there’s too much snow out to bike but not enough to ski. Well then, you’re in luck...


Fashion is Spinach by Elizabeth Hawes. (History / Biography). Originally written in 1938, a well-known American designer of the 1920’s and 30’s describes the fashion scene during the Depression and encourages people to ignore fads. A detailed and funny window into another era, with ideas applicable to our times.

Tales from the back row by Amy Odell. (Contemporary essays). Odell clearly loves fashion but isn’t taken in by its more ridiculous qualities. Reading this book of clever essays is like gossiping in the back row of a big fashion show with your hilarious bestie.

The Sartorialist, The Sartorialist: Closer, and The Sartorialist X by Scott Schuman. (Photography). These three short-statured books pack a big photographic punch, collecting years of Schuman’s material from his blog. Schuman has a great eye and takes incredible portraits in addition to capturing the chic and quirky across the globe. Great for inspiration, appreciation, and armchair traveling.

The curated closet by Anuschka Rees. (Style guide / Organization). The concept of the “capsule wardrobe” has been gaining traction for some time (probably the same amount of time as the tiny house trend!) and this book is a modern approach. Although she trends toward the neutral and unadorned, most people will be able to adapt her strategies to their own styles. And it’s just straight-up pretty!

Change your clothes, change your life by George Brescia. (Style guide / Self-realization). Considers “conscious dressing” as a way to promote self-confidence. Brescia makes a strong case for using your clothing to represent yourself in ways that enhance your goals… oh look at that, here I am, goal-setting again! Sometimes the frivolous and the practical DO work together.

These are just a few of the dozens of style, fashion, art, and photography books we have at the Library, in addition to magazines like Vogue and Elle, available in the building or online through Flipster or RB Digital. Dream away! @ your Library.

Vanessa Velez, Collection Development Librarian

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