“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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