Three books look beyond the surface of style.
Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You (Simon & Schuster) by Simon Doonan is a wicked romp by the creative director of Barneys New York, with chapter titles like "Ghost Bustier: Exorcising Your Vintage Clothing" and hilarious profiles of unlikely style icons like Tilda Swinton and Malcolm Gladwell.
Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion (William Morrow) by Mandi Norwood is a look at the Michelle Obama style phenomenon, including interviews with and sketches by top designers as well as fashion tips for those of us who don't live in the White House.
Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, Or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomanical, Self-Centered Smart Ass Phase (Penguin) by Jen Lancaster is a memoir by the author of Bitter Is the New Black about the fashions of her youth, before she grew up to be "like David Sedaris with pearls and a super-cute handbag."
Correction: The Perfect Baby Handbook: A Guide for Excessively Motivated Parents by Dale Hrabi is published by HarperCollins. The April 26 Notable column omitted the publisher.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor