I decorate my life with books. Not Rory Gilmore status but in more of an Emily-Blunt-Devil-Wears-Prada kind of sophisticated manner. Every girl needs a thoughtfully curated collection of inspiring coffee table books. For me, it’s style and fashion books so I’m sharing my favorites for every fashion girl!
When I was younger I always wondered why my mother needed so many books and magazines on our coffee tables, on top of furniture, on the floor (my dad still wonders). Like, do you really read all of those!? I actually think she does. My momma’s an incredible interior designer so thoughtfully placed stacks of design books and trips to Barnes and Noble were the norm growing up. Now I find myself losing track of time in the fashion and style section of bookstores (my Ashville peeps, check out the bookstore at the antique store, The Screen Door!).
My favorite fashion books are ones on the art of style and the empowerment of women. To me, that’s truly what style is and there are countless lessons in life and history that lie in the pages of fashion books. I must thank my mother for getting my coffee table book collection started. These are six fashion books for every style-enthused human and the ultimate fashion girl.
Lessons in life, beauty, style, perspective, culture and experience, Garance Dore takes us on a journey of the essence of style–from the island of Corsica to Paris to New York. Her wit is effortless, her imperfections are endearing and her reason is undeniable. You’ll stop second guessing your outfits and buying decisions, and start understanding and appreciating how to live by what it means to feel beautiful. “…from the outside (how to wear a jean jacket) to the deepest parts (how to love someone),” Garance will inspire you to live simply, confidently and beautifully. Shop Love x Style x Life on Amazon.
2. Fashion House: Illustrated Interiors from the Icons of Style by Megan Hess
My first coffee table book (thanks, mom!) had me dreaming of beautiful people and beautiful style. For the most whimsical experience in design and fashion, open the pages of any book by Megan Hess. The Australian fashion illustrator brings her imagination to life with her signature illustrations, capturing and celebrating women, life and style for all of us to enjoy. You won’t be able to stop admiring either–I promise! Shop on Amazon. (PS, you also need Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon)
3. Tom Ford
Perhaps one of the grandest of visions in the fashion industry, there ain’t nobody like Tom Ford. “It is Ford’s testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.” The ultimate statement-making coffee table book. Shop on Amazon.
4. How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life by Melissa Hellstern
A life of elegance, wisdom and grace–one that can never be admired enough is the life of Audrey Hepburn. So elegant, so beautiful, so captivating, so empowering and all without even the slightest intention to ever do so–which is what makes her so admirable. Her timeless style and demeanor is dreamy, and she teaches us how to live genuinely with glamour and grace. “Audrey taught us that being a woman is as simple as knowing who you are, and who you are not.” Shop on Amazon.
5. The Fashion Book
Hey, fashion girl–if there’s one book you must have on your coffee table, it’s this one. Your essential fashion encyclopedia, the imagery-driven book documents the history and evolution of fashion, featuring all of the influencers along the way with watercolor dreams. Shop the new and expanded version on Amazon.
6. The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman