Fashion Books That Conquer

Off Duty / On Style

I am one of those crazy people that likes to have a book in their hands. Not that I don’t use audiobooks or digital copies for their convenience, but if I can, I want to feel the pages between my fingers. One of my New Year’s promises I made to myself (since I don’t really like resolutions) was to read more. Therefore, I thought I would share a couple of my more recent favorites. These primarily revolve around fashion, but I still think many people could find value and help in these books. If you feel like you have been lacking inspiration lately, I highly recommend grabbing one of these four titles.

  1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso is sassy, sharp, and inspiring. It speaks volumes when a book only takes ME three days to finish. The story follows Sophia’s true account and journey as her company, NASTY GAL, explodes into a huge success. This was a must-read for me because NASTY GAL is one of my favorite sites to search online since unfortunately there are none in my area. The book shows how Sophia infuses her own personality into her fashion empire creating a brand that is loved by so many. I think that even people going into other fields besides fashion would find excitement in this success story that shows age and gender do not need to be factor. This book definitely has me ready to take on the world as a #GIRLBOSS!



2. The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Career’s in Fashion is specifically tailored to fashion, but endlessly helpful if you are at all considering a career in the field. This is a must for those with an interest in fashion, but not sure which angle is right for them. The book explores areas such as design, editorial, styling, photography, and modeling. Examining the real life success stories from professionals in the field, and going through their daily routines helps the reader create a sense of what they want to do as well as what the people around them will be doing. I highly recommend this to anyone dreaming of a career in the fashion industry.

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3. Aliza Licht’s Leave Your Mark is a must read mentorship for anyone fighting for success in the modern workforce. Aliza’s career has been primarily in fashion PR, but there is so much more value to this book beyond the surface. She discusses real world topics such as creating your own brand, how to handle yourself in the workplace, and how to make sure you find a career you love. The book clearly outlines in list form tips and tricks to success that will make all the difference to help you “Leave Your Mark”. Grab your copy ASAP. Also, make sure to subscribe Aliza’s new email newsletter called “Blackboard” for even more frequent inspiration.

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4. Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad is the first book I ever read about fashion but still remains one of my favorites to this day. Apart from being my girl crush on The Hills, which I own every season of, Lauren’s book gives a simple outline of must-have pieces in your wardrobe. She also tells how to wear them and even covers topics like what to pack for trips. Lauren’s style is timeless so her advice will always be relevant. If you like that book, Lauren Conrad Beauty by Lauren Conrad is useful as well and what I accredit to me no longer being lost in the aisles of Sephora. Also, Lauren’s attitude in both of these books is very positive and encourages embracing one’s true self through their appearance, which I totally support.

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These books have changed my life in various ways and I hope to have time to continue reading literature with that power. On my current to-read list?

  1. The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior
  2. The Little Black Book of Style  by Nina Garcia
  3. The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake
  4. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
  5. The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins
  6. Vogue: The Editor’s Eye from Condé Nast

That’s just to name a few so it looks like I better get reading! Other suggestions? Let me know in the comments.


Kelsey Knepler

(All photos are from my Instagram)

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