Usually I am planning my vacation outfits way ahead of time, but when it comes to books I download them on my Kindle Paperwhite the night before the flight. This year, I decided to plan my vacation reads in advance and put together a list of books I’ll be downloading for my upcoming trip. All of the books on this list are fashion related and highly rated on Amazon. I hope this post will make your perfect vacation book search easier. I also look forward to hearing if you already read any of the books on this list.
#1: Love Style Life by Garance Dore. This is the most anticipated book written by one of my favorite bloggers. Garance is a talented writer, illustrator, and a business lady that inspired so many women across the globe. I can’t wait to read about her story of making it in the fashion world.
#2: I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich was on my ‘To Read’ list for a long time. I’ve heard so many wonderful reviews on it and I can’t wait to learn a story of New York’s most famous personal shopper. Since 1978 Halbreich has been helping New York’s socialites with personal style at Bergdorf Goodman and I am sure there are many exciting stories that she has to share.
#3: Fashion Designer Survival Guide by Mary Gehlhar. I believe it’s important for bloggers to understand the other side of a fashion business that is why I am planning to educate myself on the subject of promoting an emerging fashion line. My friend Kat recommended this book to me saying that it’s the best read ever and I definitely trust her taste.
#4: Color Your Style: How to Wear Your True Colors by David Zyla. I just finished David’s new book, How to Win at Shopping, and I am looking forward to catch up with his first printed work. By the way, make sure to check out my interview with David that I published last year.
#5: Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge. I am addicted to Lisa’s makeup tutorials that she posts on YouTube and I can’t wait to head her invaluable advice on paper. Makeup is an important part of my life and I am ready to explore the history of ‘face paint’ in full.
#6: Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry Hardcover by Amy Odell. If you are a fashion insider and attend at least some of the New York Fashion Week shows, this book is a must-read. Written by Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell, it provides with a glimpse on what is really happening behind the scenes of a glossy magazines world.
Update: I wrote this post a few days before my vacation, and by the time it goes live I already finished reading the book. In fact, I inhaled it during the first few days of traveling. The writer has an amazing sense of humor and you don’t notice how the time flies while reading it. While the entire book is spectacular and definitely deserves your attention, I especially enjoyed the part dedicated to NYFW. Amy Odell is so right about all the fashion personalities that you can find backstage, not to mention that her personal stories are hilarious. In other words, if you are still looking for a good read, I’d list this book as my number one choice.
#7: Fashion Zeitgeist: Trends and Cycles in the Fashion System Paperback by Barbara Vinken. No one understands better than fashion is more than just going to a store and picking a few pieces of clothing than the author of this book. This highly rated book provides readers with the politics and philosophies that stand behind any fashion trend.
#8: Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. I downloaded a sample of this book about a year ago, but never had a chance to read it in full. Based on a book preview, it is an important read as it evaluates the costs of low priced clothing.