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I’ve decided to put together a list of the books that I personally use and refer to in my own studies. There are a lot of good online resources, but sometimes it’s good to have the actual source text. If you have any other book suggestions, leave me a message on my Facebook page or email me at hello at stylesyntax.com.
This is, of course, the book that I have found most revelatory. I am an unabashed Kibbe fan girl. The price is steep, but I got mine for far less than $300–you just have to constantly check back and see what the going rate is. Segments of the book are available online, but some of the most important chunks are missing or incomplete. It is really worth it to get a hard copy. If prices remain in this range, try Interlibrary Loan.
David Zyla is the other biggie, and in this book, he tells you how to at least get close to your Archetype in his system. Now, I think this can be hard to accomplish unless the Archetype fits you perfectly as written, since he does a lot of customization in his work. But I still find myself turning to this book quite a bit, or at least whenever my interest in his system is reignited. I found a copy of this book under its original name, The Color of Style, at a discount bookstore for a cheap price, so that’s another option too–the text is exactly the same.
I recommend this book over Color Me Beautiful because the style information in the latter isn’t that interesting and the color information in both is exactly the same. This one features chapters on men’s style that were written by David Kibbe, so it’s the best resource for men that we currently have.
This is the one of Carol’s books I refer to the most, even though I think the best DYT resources can be found in their Lifestyle videos. This provides a good overview of the four energy types. If you’re really stuck, you may want to pick up The Child Whisperer, and think back to how you were in your childhood.
This one is going to be of interest more for historical reasons rather than practical. It is one of the first examples of the typical “types” as we know them. Her work is probably closer in application to John Kitchener and Color Me Beautiful than to Kibbe, but it’s still interesting to read.
This is the book that has all the eye patterns for determining your season, if that’s a methodology that interests you. It’s not really something I personally subscribe to, but it’s something I’ll look at from time to time. And it’s available on Kindle.
This is the edition of this journal that contain Belle Northrup’s original yin/yang article. You can find my detailed summary in the Historical tab, but if you’d like to have a copy for yourself, it’s actually not terribly expensive.
I think this book is a great addition to anyone’s collection. It really gets into the basics of how to put an outfit and a wardrobe together–i.e., how to budget properly and the principles of good design. I’ve covered the personality section on this site, but I may also add the good design section at a later date. It also teaches you how to make your own clothes, if that’s something you’re interested in learning.
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