Top 10 Fashion Books Everyone Should Be Reading


Fashion is an art. Whether you are a designer, a buyer, an editor, a writer, a blogger or any other aspect of the fashion world, you are an artist at your core. What makes artists thrive is inspiration and in the world of fashion, this can come from fashion moguls, models or style gurus. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and learning from those at the top can help the fashion enthusiast succeed. Here are the top ten books every fashionista/fashionisto needs to read to get her or his creativity flowing.

Things We Love – Kate Spade

This perfectly constructed coffee table book is filled with the world of visual inspiration Kate Spade is created on. The book is a list of their very favorite things, shapes, colors, patterns, ideas, and more.

Vogue: The Covers – American Vogue

From title page to closing credits, view almost every cover of American Vogue. For any fashion lover, Vogue has always and will always play a role in defining style. Vogue: The Covers is a great tool for visual learning.

Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide For Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease – Emily Schuman

Blogger Emily Schuman doesn’t just write about fashion, but on overall style in every aspect of life. Based off her blog, “Cupcakes and Cashmere,” Schuman released a guide for anyone looking to define their style. A passionate fashionista should read it for advice on how to take their style to the next level by incorporating it into an everyday routine.

The Little Dictionary Of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman – Christian Dior

Few dictionaries filled with fashion vocabulary have been made, but Dior’s version is at the top of that list. A complete dress guide, this book answers every possible fashion question both basic and complex. Consider it a cliff notes to fashion.

The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insiders Guide to Careers in Fashion – Teen Vogue

Even if you’re not in your teens, this Teen Vogue guide to fashion careers is a perfect culmination of how fashion industry insiders got to where they are today. Learn about the paths of designers, editors, assistants and more: from where they went to college, what they studied, where they interned and how they networked to the top.

The Woman I Wanted To Be – Diane Von Furstenberg

A look into Diane Von Furstenberg’s rise and creation of her brand, this is one of many of Furstenberg’s writings that not only every fashion lover should have, but every woman should have. Furstenberg stands for independence and perseverance, which is revealed through her autobiography.

#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

As the founder, CEO and creative director of Nasty Gal, Amoruso’s book #GIRLBOSS is inspirational to fashion and business students. The book trails her ever-so-unique path to owning a million dollar online clothing company. This book is inspiration to those who take the road less traveled in their career.

The Gospel According To Coco Chanel: Life Lessons From the Worlds Most Elegant Woman – Karen Karbo

If you ever dreamed of living a life like Coco Chanel, this is how. Karbo explores Coco Chanel in style, philosophy, femininity and success. Think of it as a fashion instructional book.

Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy – Judith Watt

If McQueen is more your style, or you have an interest on the male influence in fashion, pick up Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy. Watt looks into the life of McQueen as a man and a professional. Learn the events that lead up to the genius brand McQueen created and step inside his fashion forward mind.

Ill Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist – Betty Halbreich

Finally,  Ill Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist is the awe-inspiring true story of Betty Halbreich — an eighty-six year old, legendary personal shopper from Bergdorf Goodman. Working with the elite, starlets, fashion moguls and everyday citizens, Halbreich gives everyone an opportunity to read her advice on fashion and life.

Lauren Craddock is a Staff Writer. Email her at

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