Style Inspiration: Children's Books

We like to read a lot around here (as you can tell from all the book love we dole out), and lately I've been enjoying a quick fashion fix from, um, children's books. Here are two of my recent favorites -- gorgeously illustrated with colorful pages and quick stories that make for tons of visual inspiration. Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos (pictured), is the tale of actress/style icon Audrey Hepburn's humble beginnings and charmed Hollywood life. It's absolutely peppered with fashion ideas that I want to steal. Like these simple and sparkling ballet flats (Bamboo by Journeee, $28), Cropped Stretch Trousers (Alloy, $32) and a kicky little retro polka-dot scarf (theoldchest, $8.50).

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, is the first in a series of nearly a dozen titles and counting. The books are filled with Nancy's sparkly adventures and dreams of being oh-so-much-more than ordinary. I might try this Embellished Satin Headband (Forever 21, $6) or this Silk Origami Butterfly Clip (SewSmashing, $9) or even this Seqined Benefit Skirt (Fred Flare, $25 on sale).

I so admire Nancy and Audrey's style courage!