Back in college, I’d visit the library for books that talk about fashion. I’m guilty of passing through the aisles of academic books without even looking at them because I’m in need of some serious style information. My hunger for knowledge about the glitz and glamour of the industry made me a “fashion student wannabe” even if I was taking up Journalism. I won’t deny the fact that there were times when I wanted to quit university and pursue a career in fashion, but then the big question kept popping in my head. What will happen to you after attending fashion school?
I hate to admit it but I suck at drawing. Really, I tried a thousand times to sketch a woman with clothes on but it ended up looking like a Christmas tree with abstract ornaments attached to it. Eventually, I learned to let go of my “dream to be a fashion designer” and started appreciating the art of writing, which is my first love. As what my professor(s) constantly reminded me, “You have to read to be able to write.” Even before that famous line became part of my life, I was already falling for chic-lit books that I brought along during the last few days of my senior high school. As years passed by, I went from one bargain bookstore to another and like Alice, found the magical world of collecting books. As of today, I have more than 80 precious books resting in my shelf. My collection ranges from chic-lit and a little romance (Duh!) to political books – and oh, don’t forget the ones that tackle the issues about my favorite subject: f-a-s-h-i-o-n.
This is why I’ve decided to dedicate a post solely for the fashion books I have.
Style by Lauren Conrad
While it’s unnecessary for me to explain where did this fantabulous book come from, I’d like to recommend it to ladies who lack confidence when it comes to looking stylish. I believe that one doesn’t need to spend thousands on signature clothes just to be on top of the fashion game. Clearly, fashion isn’t about what brand you’re wearing but how comfortable you are in it.
Aside from her style tips, LC – this is what I used to call her during Laguna Beach days – shares a few makeup tricks on how to look your best with a specific outfit.
Get this book here.
Model by Michael Gross
Being a model (or supermodel) comes with great responsibility. At least that’s what this book is trying to say – in my opinion, though. With Model, investigative journalist Michael Gross is able to reveal the truth behind the world’s sought-after models’ beauty and success. Judging from its summary, the real fashion industry can be glamorous and filthy at the same time. That’s the ugly truth.
Get the book here.
Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro
Apart from its story that focuses on Louise Canova – who is in need of a makeover, Elegance comes with the A to Z of achieving elegance at all times. I’m 100% sure that this is the perfect book for those who are too busy to dress up. Let’s say that this is your fairy godmother in a form of stacked papers. Trust me, you wouldn’t regret getting this for yourself and your friends.
Get the book here.
Stylized by Liz Uy
First things first: Liz Uy is a stylist-to-the-stars, fashion editor, and fashionista from the Philippines. And I can say that this “fashion bible” is a must-have for literally every girl in the world. Just like LC’s Style book, Stylized gives style tips with a myriad of ways to wear a specific clothing item. My favorite chapter is the one where she featured leggings because I’m not a fan of them, and I’d like to try them out in the future – with class.
Get this in local bookstores for P395.
Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones and Anonymous
Finally, adding to the crazy world of fashion are the [real] accounts of models whose experiences will haunt me forever. Good thing I’m not as skinny as runway models to be interested in this profession. This is where I learned that models get crabs (or pubic lice) because of the used clothes they slip into. Eeek! Aside from the backstabbing colleagues, Fashion Babylon takes you to the tough times a fashion designer has to endure in order for him to come up with a whole collection.
Get the book here.
Your turn. Let’s talk about your favorite fashion books!