I love reading books, especially about fashion and style. Nowadays it is so easy to be up-to-date on current fashion trends – subscribe to newsletters, check out your Instagram, search for ideas on Pinterest, have a look at latest fashion magazine editions. This list is endless. Nevertheless the books don’t lose their value – they are the classical way of getting into the world of fashionistas.
Here I picked up some books from my bookshelf that inspired me at some point in my life. P.S. I have listed the books in chronological order by publishing date, they are not ranked.
- Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange Paperback (Published: Apr 5 2011; Authors: Ines de la Fressange, Sophie Gachet)
Ines de la Fressange is a French ex-model, fashion designer and style icon of her generation. The book is a one evening easy read but with useful addresses in Paris where to buy really nice things. It is like a city guide with the information what and where to buy in Paris.I appreciate a French style of Madam Fressange, but I found the book a bit old-fashioned. Probably it was intentionally done, because even the images in the book look like from the 90s. That’s why I felt a little disappointed after reading. Most likely I was burdened with expectations of the collaboration of style icon Ines de la Fressange and fashion journalist Sophie Gachet. Anyway if you like French way of doing things, you’ll like this book.
- Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris (Published: Nov 6 2012; Author: Jennifer L. Scott)
I love this book. It is simple. There isn’t something absolutely new, but the author makes the reader to think about everyday life from the different perspective. At the time when most people are obsessed with buying new things (Jennifer names it modern materialism), it is so important to stop ourselves and value what we already have. The author also discusses the question of “nothing to wear” and shows her solution to this problem – 10 item wardrobe. If you like the idea of 10 item wardrobe you could also check out her youtube channel. She is not a fashion blogger and she is not pretending to be, therefore her book and videos are simple but full of useful tips to live the better quality life almost for everyone.
- How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits (Published: Sep 2 2014; Authors: Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas)
I would say that this book is very stylish, with short stories about French women everyday routine. Don’t be serious while reading this book :-). It is entertaining read, you feel like chatting with your best girlfriend. Recommended!
- How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer’s Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing (Published: Apr 14 2015; Author: Alison Freer)
Alison Freer is a costume designer for TV shows in LA, she has a great experience to share with the readers. However if you are looking for the advice what to wear and look amazing, you’ll not find the answers to your questions. Author discusses the topics like how to store your clothes, how to take care of them, how to organize your wardrobe. She also shares some tips how to look more presentable, like – taking your clothes to the tailor could change your life. To sum it up – the most practical book I have ever read. Alison is giving advices with a sense of humor and that is great. Good mood is guaranteed. I would require more pictures or photos in this book, since at some point it is difficult to understand author’s advices.
- The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe (Published: Sep 20 2016; Author: Anuschka Rees)
If you are seriously thinking to start building your wardrobe that reflects your true style this book is awesome! There are so many tips how to create your personal style and build the wardrobe of your dream. What I liked about this book that it is not asking you to recreate the standard capsule wardrobe with black dress, cardigan, classic jeans and so on. The author very professionally asking you to think what is your own capsule wardrobe, without emphasizing the need to focus on general rules. Step by step following the tips in the book you are getting closer to your dream wardrobe!
What is your recent reads about Style & Fashion? Which book did you enjoy the most?