Everyone should have their favorite genre, writing styles, and authors to read. But if you're also a fashion lover, there are a couple of key fashion books you should pore over and keep for reference! These six books should be staples on your bookshelf, and they look pretty as coffee table pieces on top of that!
The Sartorialist Closer by Scott Schuman
This one is mostly pictures, but it's a great street style reference for your eyes and coffee tables! Study the images of individuals all over the world with amazing style, and teach yourself how dressing as a mode of self-expression applies to men and women from every background, in every culture.
Fashion A to Z by Alex Newman and Zakee Shariff
This illustrated dictionary is charming and concise, but genuinely helpful for keeping on top of all fashion terms and garments. The visuals are adorable, but they're also necessary for keeping on top of topics in a visually-oriented industry.
Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan
Champagne Supernovas talks about the burgeoning fashion scene of the 90's, a time when the industry was just starting to explode into the culture we know it as today. Callahan talks about all the key figures of 90's fashion, from Kate Moss to Marc Jacobs and Kim Gordon to Isaac Mizrahi.
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton.
Women in Clothes is a newer book and has the greatest format of a memoir and field study hybrid; Heti, Julavits, and Shapton interview over 600 women on their perspectives on fashion. Special highlights include Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson, and Cindy Sherman, while other interviews are anonymous, and others feature women of all ages and statures around the world.
Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington
Known as Anna Wintour's right-hand-woman as the Creative Director at Vogue, Grace Coddington has seen her share of fashion rises and falls from the pinnacle of the industry. She has also watched the world of fashion change, grow, and evolve over the decades. Her viewpoint is central to read and understand as she gives an honest account of her life and the fashoin world around her.
Refinery29 Style Stalking by Piera Gelardi and Christene Barberich.
Street style fans rejoice: Piera Gelardi and Christene Barberich of Refinery29 have brought the same style smarts and wit to text for your viewing pleasure, focusing on dressing and styling yourself like true fashionistas. If you like my cards profiling style stars, this is the book for you. Full of amazing photos and helpful how-to's, get dressed with Refinery29.