Reading is one of my favourite things to do. It helps me switch off from all the screens -phones, ipads, laptops, televisions etc. that have become such a major part of our everyday lives. It’s so relaxing and what better subject to read about than fashion. I find reading about different fashion houses and fashion influencers so inspiring, from outfit ideas to inspiration for my blog, the list is endless. Check out my top favourite fashionable reads at the moment:
Alexa Chung IT
by Alexa Chung
This book was so different to any other fashion related book I have read. It reflects Alexa’s quirky personality and just didn’t take things too seriously. It’s very visual with some great pictures and is a lovely book to flick through.
“Boys say they don’t mind how you get your hair done. But then they leave you for someone with really great standard girl hair and the next thing you know you’re alone with a masculine crop crying into your granola.”
Pippa – Simple Tips To Live Beautifully
by Pippa O’Connor
I don’t think this book needs much of an introduction seeing as it has topped all the Irish book sales in recent months and rightly so! I thought this book was beautifully written and really reflects Pippa’s lovely personality that we all see on Snapchat etc. There are also some great tips and tricks in here from styling to interiors and beauty.
‘To me anybody can be stylish, regardless of money, age, or body shape. You don’t need to spend a fortune to look fabulous – far from it. Style is about using your imagination and feeling confident.’
Pippa O’Connor Ormond
by Millie Mackintosh
I’ve always been a huge Millie Mackintosh fan even before reading this book and I suppose it was mainly a love of her style. I felt this book had so much to offer especially in the line of recipes, fashion and fitness. It’s a great reference point and you don’t have to read it all at once which I like. It is broken down into different segments similar to Pippa’s book which is helpful if you’re not into a certain topic.
‘I buy things that make me feel like me: it’s more about tailoring and timelessness than the latest look’
Things A Woman Should Know About Style
by Karen Homer
This book can be read cover to cover in less than two hours. I bought this in New York and I just loved the look of it – never judge a book by it’s cover eh? It has some great tips and tricks along with some lovely quotes.
‘The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles, her dress should smile with her.’
Chanel – Collections and Creations
by Danièle Bott
Ok I’m not going to lie, I haven’t read all of this book yet as it is quite a monster. This might sound silly but it’s a little bit awkward to read due to it’s size – you can’t exactly have it in your handbag. However, what I have read has really impressed me. Chanel in my opinion, and I’m sure a lot of people will agree with me, is the holy grail of the fashion world. It has stood the test of time. It’s lovely to get an insight into the world of Chanel and this probably won’t be the last book I will buy about the ‘Empire’. In this book Danièle Bott documents Chanel’s creations, past to present, and shows how key items have been rediscovered and reinvented. It has 159 illustrations, 101 in colour and is divided into five themes – the suit, the camellia, jewellery, fragrances & make-up, and the little black dress.
*All these books are available on Amazon, click on the images for their links.