There are so many outlets for us fashionistas to express ourselves through – social media, Pinterest, blogs and online magazines… but have we truly forgotten the art of the printed word?
Finding books that are fashion-related, interesting and relevant in today’s world can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, your battle to find fascinating reads that share the same passion for fashion as you do is over (yes, finally)! Coture Social has got you covered!
Today, let me share with you my favorite fashion reads ever. Now let me tell you, this was so difficult – I have a beautiful rose gold basket in my room with all my fashion books, and picking just five from them was a real challenge. However, these are my personal favorites and are perfect for someone looking for the must-haves!
The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
This book really got my addiction for fashion books going – I was in a Waterstones with a friend, looking for something that really grabbed my eye, and this book was it! Firstly, the cover is the most Instagrammable thing ever, and the actual topic is far from a let-down. The Curated Closet will be your savior when you have a spring clean in your closet, and also will guide you in finding your personal style. Full of quizzes, and self-interrogation, you will really start to think of the contents of your wardrobe and your reasoning behind your purchases. Plus, she gives you serious outfit inspiration – for anyone who is into Parisian and Scandi vibes, you will love this even more!
Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré
Garance Doré, our favorite French illustrator and blogger, published the book in 2015, and it wasn’t long before it became a New York Times bestseller. Hardly surprising really – it covers everything from her story, to style and career advice, ideal for anyone planning to conquer the fashion industry, or any industry really! It is a really beautiful book too, as it features many of her own illustrations, showing how amazingly talented Garance is. You will never put this book down – I got it for Christmas and I read it all Christmas day! That’s how good it was!
The Way She Wears It by Dallas Shaw
Highly sought after Dallas Shaw uses her experience in the fashion industry to help find your personal style and why we buy so many pieces – this will totally limit down those impulse purchases! She also develops the notion of style identity and if and how we truly find ourselves in our wardrobes, and if they match their personas, it is a real fashion journey of discovery. Not only that, but she guides us into being that trendy person that we have longed to be – exactly how we imagine her! Like Doré’s book, The Way She Wears It is full of dainty high-fashion drawings from Dallas, which elevate the book even more. Plus her interjections in the book make it all the more relatable and fun!
It by Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung is one highly popular fashion muse that has been admired for her style since day dot. It tells the story behind her personal style through her life so far, her favorite music and nostalgic memories. It also tells the story of her experience in fashion – even her early career as a model. The book is so rock and roll, which is pretty much Chung’s style – candid shots of music and movie legends past and present, and even a few edgy shots of Chung herself. We love something a little different! I pretty much read this in one sitting too!
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
The self-guide book to end all self-guide books – #Girlboss started a whole journey of empowering hashtags, women talking about business and later on, a whole media outlet created by Amoruso herself. The Nasty Gal founder tells her story to the top, with a few bumps along the way, in the witty and unapologetic manner that we know and love her for. The fact that it isn’t perfect from start to finish is a more realistic vision of the industry, and one we want to discover. Since then, she has published an interactive journal which I definitely want to get my hands on!
Have you read these books? Or have you got any others to recommend? Join our book club in the comments and let us know! Get reading, ladies!
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