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Fashion Reads to pass the time

Many people have taken up more reading since lockdown to keep their minds creative and look at something other than a phone or computer. Upgrade your bookshelf with these must-read fashion books, covering everything from the history of fabric to the impacts of the industry to the stunning documentary stories of major houses and industry experts. Learn the industry secrets without paying a fortune!

Fashion Climbing, by Bill Cunningham

Fashion Climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. But although he was one of the city's most recognised and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded. Written with his infectious joy and one-of-a-kind voice, this memoir was polished, neatly typewritten, and safely stored away in his lifetime. He held off on sharing it—and himself—until his passing. Between these covers, is an education in style, an effervescent tale of a bohemian world as it once was, and a final gift to the readers of one of New York's great characters.

£18, Amazon

Love Style Life by Garance Dore

Garance Doré, founder of the eponymous influential fashion blog, shares stories of life, love, style, and career, from Paris to New York.

£30, Amazon

My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

Former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts brings us a delightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980’s Paris. She also wrote Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

£4.50 Amazon

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton

Even our most basic clothing choices can give us confidence, show the connection between our appearance and our habits of mind, express our values and our politics, bond us with our friends, and function as armor or disguise. They are the tools we use to reinvent ourselves and to transform how others see us. Women in Clothes embraces the complexity of women's style decisions, revealing the sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always thoughtful impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.

£43, Amazon

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

£7.90, Amazon

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

£7.90, Amazon

The Truth About Style by Stacy London

Since 2002, Stacy London transformed hundreds of guests on TLC's hit show What Not to Wear. But London has more than just impeccable taste. She has a gift for seeing the core emotional issues behind a disastrous wardrobe. By sharing her own struggle with self-esteem, London illustrates how style develops con­fidence. Including invaluable fashion tips, advice, and a revelatory makeover section, ­The Truth About Style is for London's legion of fans--and everyone who longs to enhance and celebrate the body she has.

£15.50, Amazon

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline

We all know fast fashion is bad for the environment. But do we really know how bad it is for the environment? This tell-all from the author of The Conscious Closetexamines why those $5 crop tops are much more dangerous than they appear, and pushes both designers and consumers to opt, and shop, for eco-friendly fashion.

£10, Amazon


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