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8 books you need to cover your basics in fashion

These are the top books that will lay the foundations of your fashion savviness, all hand-picked by the So Vain Books team! Have you read any of them? Which fashion book is your favourite?


little black book of style

The Little Black Book Of Style

By Nina Garcia RRP: £12.99

Have you always wanted to find your personal style? This fashion book written by the Creative Director of Marie Claire Magazine (and Project Runway judge) Nina Garcia, will reveal you all the secrets on how to channel your inner fashion goddess and achieve your personal signature look. A timeless book that every girl should read because as Coco used to say: “fashion fades, only style remains the same”.


the fashion book

The Fashion Book

By Phaidon Press RRP: £39.95

This book is just what it says on the cover. It is a reference book with everything you need to know about the history of fashion. A guide to the 500 key people in fashion history with lots of images that will build up your knowledge of this glamorous industry. There is also a mini-edition for a more portable format that you can bring always with you.


the teen vogue handbook

The Teen Vogue Handbook. An insider’s guide to careers in fashion

By Teen Vogue RRP: £9.99

A career in fashion is not only as a fashion designer, but there are stylists, editors, photographers, bloggers, buyers… Each chapter of this book is written by an industry insider who gives exclusive insights and tips on how to take your few steps into the fashion world. If you are thinking of pursuing a career in fashion this book is a must-read but equally if you are a fashion-enthusiast who wants to know more about this glamorous industry


Fashion Babylon. Looking up the skirts of the world’s most glamorous industry

By Imogen Edwards-Jones RRP: £6.99

Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes of the fashion world? Who are the taste-makers and influencers in this industry that is worth billions? This is possibly our favourite book of all as it gives a real account of what really goes on behind all the glamour by following the real life of a fashion designer. From the conceptualization to the realization of a collection, this fashion book is absolutely full of celebrity gossip and it spills all the well-kept secrets of the fashion world. Beware: it might destroy all your glamorous idealization of fashion!

Are You On The List? A guide on how to become a modern socialite

By Kitty Brucknell, Lewis-Duncan Weedon and Olivia Cox RRP: £9.99

It Is not only a guide for looking good and feeling great, but it’s a must-have that every girl needs to be successful. Packed with simple, approachable and honest advice from the experts on how to dress to make an impression, how to get invited to the best events and party with glamorous celebrities, how to walk your way to the front row, how to organize the most fabulous parties and much more. It is the perfect gift for every girl who aspires to be someone in life. Whether it is to make the right connections in the industry of your dreams, become a well-known blogger or just have some fun, these three authors know it all.


Front Row: Anna Wintour. The cool life and hot times of Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief.

By Jerry Oppenheimer RRP: £10.46

We simply can’t talk about fashion without mentioning Anna Wintour. How can a single person have so much power in such a big industry? This biography describes her rise to being the most influential person in fashion and is full of shocking and surprising stories that will keep you wanting to read more and more about her fascinating character.

Style A to Zoe. The art of fashion, beauty and everything glamour

By Rachel Zoe, Rose Apodaca & Blanca Apodaca RRP: £12.99

Have you ever imagined how your red-carpet moment would be like? The famous celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe reveals to you in this book the secrets to mastering all the red-carpet moments in your life, personalising your outfits, throwing chic and luxurious parties and travelling like a jet-setter!

The Sartorialist

By Scott Schuman RRP: £13.59

If you don’t know who he is you are in serious trouble girl. Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist has made its success by photographing the most stylish people he encountered in the streets. This book brings together his favourite pictures along with his insightful commentary. A tour around the world with the best streetstyle looks to inspire your own style!


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