Anyone who knows me well knows I love to read. Though I normally opt for more of the teen drama (it’s really a guilty pleasure. I mean, HELLO Sarah Dessen!), this is a fashion blog, so I now present to you four books about fashion you shouldn’t skip.
1. How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton
(My copy’s a little tattered, it’s just so useful!)
Not completely about fashion, but I had to include this. Any girl that wants to learn how to do anything the girliest and most stylish way should read this book. How to walk in high heels? Check. How to climb the career ladder? Check. How to Buy a house? Check. Literally anything you have a question about, this book could probably answer. Like how else do you think I learned how to dress to meet the Queen of England? (Still waiting for my invite to a garden party at Buckingham Palace btw)
2. The One Hundred by Nina Garcia (yes, that Nina Garcia, from Project Runway)
With cute little illustrations, explanations on how to wear/use, and organized alphabetically so any OCD person could be happy, Nina Garcia describes the 100 things every girl should have in her wardrobe. She talks about everything from the A-Line dress to Zippered hoodies. Currently have 55/100, though I will never have all 100 because you will never see me buy cowboy boots. Sorry.
3. A Matter of Style by Paola Saltari
The explanation under the title reads, “intimate portraits of 10 women who changed fashion.” And that’s really all you need to know. Photos and brief quotes/captions of Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Mary Quant, Twiggy, and Lady Diana. If you want to be a fashion icon, you have to know who came before you.
4. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
(Photo via google images, I read this on my kindle so I couldn’t take a picture of the cover)
The only book on this list that is actually fiction, and it is one that shouldn’t be missed. It’s the story of Lizzie, a recent college graduate who goes to London to visit her boyfriend. Drama ensues when she finds out he is not the man she thought he was, and she takes off for France to visit her friend and ultimately figure out what she wants to do with her life. So why is this book on the list? Lizzie is a History of Fashion major, and certainly has a lot to say about what everyone is wearing, including herself, throughout the story. Between each chapter is a snippet of her senior thesis where she explores and explains fashion history going back to cavemen, and there’s always a punch line or two. Lizzie loves refurbishing vintage clothing, and certainly has her own style, which is why we should all aspire to be a little more like her.
There are so many more books about fashion, and this is barely scraping the surface of all of the literature available for fashion lovers like myself, and I encourage you to read these books as well as other books you may find on the subject. Reading opens your mind to new ideas, and could allow you to become the fashion icon you were meant to be, and that is why reading is a girl’s best friend.