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Librarians with pink tightsToday we had a bit of a fashion faux pas here at the Novato Library - two of us were wearing hot pink tights! Pink tights? Librarians? Are you someone who thought librarians wore cardigans, buns, and itchy wool skirts 24 hours a day? To the contrary, many librarians today are quite fashionable. There's even a popular tumblr blog called "Librarian Wardrobe" that highlights the range of styles librarians choose, from animal print dresses to pink scarves to Army fatigues!

Since we like to do our research, I thought I'd share some of my favorite fashion books. Who knows, maybe you can start the next revolution in your profession. Stylish veterinarians, anyone?

These first three books are good, all around style books that can show you some new twists on basics and help you create a versatile basic wardrobe.

How to Have StyleHow to Have Style by Isaac Mizrahi 
The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style by Kim France and Andrea Linnet
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, & Style by Tim Gunn



The next three books are more about defining your own style, whether it's a workplace style or outfits spotted in major cities, like in The Sartorialist.

The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, The Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter by Linda Grant
I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks
The Sartorialist by Scott Shuman



Teens can get in on the action, too. This Seventeen guide is a good introduction to style, and the novel has time travel, fashion, and the Titanic - a hard to beat combo if you ask me.

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style: How to Find Your Perfect Look by Ann Shoket & The Editors of Seventeen
The Time-Traveling Fashionista: A Novel by Bianca Turetsky


We can't forget the littlest Fashionistas! Fashion Kitty is a cute graphic novel series about a fashion superhero, and Different Like Coco is a fun celebration of personal style and Coco Chanel.

Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper
Different Like Coco by Elizabeth Matthews



And my own personal fashion tips?

  1. Be yourself
  2. Don't be afraid of color - especially if you work with babies and toddlers, they love it!
  3. Shoes are a great investment, they can really make an outfit


Happy dressing, everyone!

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