A good book can solve a lot. Make it a fashion book and all problems magically disappear. Fashion lovers will agree with the sentiment that fashion books, either fiction or fact based, bring a whole world of glamour and glitter right to the bedside table. With the best books of this genre turning into complete successes as movies, note The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City, it’s no wonder fashion literature always has been, and will always be a fan favourite. This is the ultimate list of glam fashion books you simply have to read.
Airhead by Meg Cabot
The ultimate young adult fashion book by the genius herself. Airhead is a unique take on the modelling industry, with all the teen drama and angst to keep audiences hooked. The three book series is excellently written, contrasting the glamour and sparkle of fashion with the down to earth nature of the main character. This is where Tragedy meets the tailor and crisis meets couture, as the story of a young woman’s new life unfolds after a very unusual introduction into the fashion world, and all the glamour, parties and heartbreak that follows.
Claris the Chicest Mouse in Paris by Megan Hess
The most beautifully illustrated fashion book to ever Grace the shelves. Claris the chicest mouse in Paris is the story of a little mouse peeping into the fashion world through the socialite family who own the house she lives in. The pictures add so much to the whimsical fairytale nature of the book, while still capturing the magic of fashion of course. While marketed towards children and younger audiences, Claris is an absolute treat for anyone looking for a lighthearted fashion fix. The series includes at least three books featuring Claris’ adventures, and ‘Claris: Bonjour Riviera’ looks will provide some much needed chic-escapism.
The Stylist by Rosie Nixon
Those who have worked in the fashion industry will appreciate the real ness of the experiences in this one. The stylist has a short time span, but it doesn’t fail to replicate the fast paced nature of the fashion industry. The book keeps readers hooked, and there isn’t even enough time for the main character to take a breath before she’s transported to tinsel town to dress the stars for their high class events. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and problems tied up with a Chanel bow. Personal styling has never been so exciting.
How to be Parisian Wherever You are
A little departure from the above fashion in fiction recommendations above, but by no means less fabulous. HTBPWYA, written by fashion dream team Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas and Audrey Diwan, is a guide to all things chic. From how to host a dinner party, to how to say goodbye to a lover, it’s a guide to life that one wouldn’t want to live without. Even if all suggestions should be read lightheadedly and not taken one hundred percent seriously, it makes for amazing fun, and it’s wonderful to turn to for a much needed giggle. Oh, and the Parisian photographs throughout the book don’t hurt either. The Parisian way is the only way.