“Reading is like travel, allowing you to exit your own life for a bit, and to come back with a renewed, even inspired, perspective.”
– Laurie Helgoe
Last week I shared my one of my favourite ways to get inspiration: fashion documentaries. This week I’m sharing another way I get major inspiration: fashion books! The pictures, the quotes, the stories; the are full of wonderful eye candy that will spark the imagination. Here are my top six favourites (as of right now!):
1: How to be Lovely
I think every woman is in love with Audrey Hepburn. Not only was she beautiful, she was talented with a giving and loving soul. This book is full of her quotes which can be funny, deep and caring, not to mention gorgeous photos of Audrey!
2: Grace A Memoir
If you don’t know who Grace Coddington is you are missing out! Grace started as a model and went on to be the creative director at large at American Vogue magazine. If you want to read a fashionable and interesting life, you can’t go wrong with this book. (PS: She has the most wonderful hair ever!)
3: Stacy London The Truth About Style
Stacy London has been my hero for as long as I can remember (I wrote one of my first posts about her)! She’s gorgeous and sharp. If you want to look at the psychological side of fashion as well as how influential it can be in your life, this is the book for you.
4: How to be Parisian Wherever You Are
A collaboration of four witty women, this book is all about letting go and living French. It made me laugh, cry and quote it for days. You are guaranteed to not only gain fashion knowledge but life knowledge from this book.
5: The Sartorialist X
An adult picture book, this book by Scott Schuman is a visual masterpiece. It’s a wealth of style and beauty that never gets old. Not to mention it looks gorgeous on the bookshelf or coffee table!
6: The Little Black Jacket
The creme de la creme of fashion books, this collaboration between designer Karl Lagerfeld and French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld is pure magic. The book itself feels rich and luxurious; the images are intense and stunning. Unfortunately, it’s out of print at the moment which makes it super expensive for a coffee table book! (I’m lucky my hubby got it for me two years ago on my birthday.) I highly recommend checking it out at a used bookstore or library.
I would love to hear if you’ve read any of these or where you get inspiration from!
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These books are must haves, thanks for the reminder of how amazing and stunning these women are. I’ll be picking some of these up this weekend.
Yay! So glad to hear and I hope you enjoy them and your weekend. Hugs, Kait
This is a great way to gain style inspiration! I love fashion coffee table books! I want to buy more interesting ones like these! I admire your style so I need to start using them for inspo! xo
Awww thank you so much for your sweet compliment Nicole! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far. Hugs, Kait
Thank you for this inspiring post! Great selection, I will start right now to search for this books :))
I hope you find one that really inspires you!!! Hugs, Kait
Love these picks! Need to get me one or all. 🙂
I totally get that feeling!!! Happy Friday babe. Hugs, Kait
What an interesting way to gain style inspiration! I think that is a sign of a true fashionista– I just look at magazines (now I feel so lame!) My next book I am going to keep this in mind. Love the idea thanks for sharing!
Awww love your comment! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get one that you love. Hugs, Kait
I’ve never thought about getting inspiration from a book like these. Great idea!
They are so wonderful! Hugs, Kait