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Three new books offer fashionable stories for the young, youngest and young at heart.

It's All About the Dress: What I Learned in Forty Years About Men, Women, Sex, and Fashion (St. Martin's) by Vicky Tiel is a deliciously gossipy memoir by a globe-trotting designer who over four decades has dressed half of Hollywood and the music world (and gotten naked with many of them).

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants (Harcourt Children's) is a charming picture book for kids about the history of the iconic American garment, its illustrations painted on — what else? — denim.

What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style (Ballantine) by Jessica Quirk is based on the popular blog of the same name and chock-full of breezy, smart tips on organizing your wardrobe so you always look fresh.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: prose style 10/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 4:30am]
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