Since It’s still far too hot to wear anything stylish, and the excitement for fashion is rising as we get closer to fashion month, I figured it was about time to share my fashion book collection. I’ve certainly always loved fashion and books, but my love of these gorgeous books peeked when I was in college. Walking into independent bookstores and finding shelves upon shelves filled with books about every aspect on fashion had me in awe. My little suburban town Barnes and Noble couldn’t compete.
Over the years I’ve tried to slowly collect more and more. I’m particularly fond of this kind of book because they’re ones I plan to keep with me forever. They tend to be more expensive, so I try to be selective even though in my head I’m filling my imaginary house with all the books I can find.
The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman & Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
The Sartorialist is one of the older books in my collection and all the post-it notes I’ve left in it is a nostalgic representation of what my style was like back then. It’s one of the earliest street style books I can remember and helped me start to think about what actually makes something stylish.
Grace’s memoir is so wonderful. I remember cozying up with it in the fall and seeing the far reaches her work took her. Though I don’t think I’ll be following in her footsteps, I love the sections on Britain in the 60s and Fashion in the early aughts.
The Fashion Book by the Editors of Phaidon Press and Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn
Now I think The Fashion Book is actually one of my first fashion books. I love it for its simplicity. It’s a quick run through of notable fashion figures. that’s not boring
Tim Gunn’s book is similarly a great introduction to the history of fashion and the universal ‘rules’ of style and fit. This really built up my base knowledge of clothes and gave me some jumping off points for further research.
It by Alexa Chung and Capture Your Style by Aimee Song
I think I’ll call this the aesthetically pleasing duo. After some hesitation I picked up It from my first trip to The Strand and didn’t do much besides cure my curiosity, it’s so damn beautiful I don’t think I could ever part with it.
Similarly, I picked up Capture Your Style because I was simply curious. For something specifically designed to give advice (and has some great tips) it made me less stressed on having the perfect Instagram and it’s a nice reminder to just have fun.
Shocked by Patricia Volk and Rookie Yearbook One by Tavi Gevinson
These guys are the oddballs. Shocked is certainly fashion adjacent. With a reflection on the relationships between mothers and daughters you also get the history of Elsa Schiaparelli and couture houses of her day.
Rookie Yearbook One is similarly not all about fashion. Rather I love it as a collection of teenage life at the times and what magazines for women could be.
Next one I want to pick up: The New Garconne. Any other recommendations?