The Ultimate Fashion Reading List For Lockdown

Losing yourself in a good book is the perfect way to spend your time while in isolation. For many of us, there is simply no time on normal workdays to curl up with a book and enjoy it however lockdown has presented the perfect opportunity to use our reading lists to distract ourselves for a few hours.

If you’re looking for a stylish, inspiring, and fashion-focused book list perfect for the lockdown, this is the perfect article for you. Here are six captivating fashion titles every fashionista should read. 

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo

Price: $9.99

Written by Karen Karbo, the 2009 title explores Coco Chanel’s legacy. The book takes a contemporary look at her life and empire.

The author is a self-proclaimed fan of the iconic French designer. She infused the book with historical anecdotes, her own fashion adventure, and enlisted the help of Chesley McLaren to illustrate the book.

I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich

Price: $17.00

This the true story of Bergdorf Goodman’s legendary personal shopper. Betty Halbreich worked for nearly forty years as a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman.

During her time, she met socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She used her knowledge in fashion, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom to help many women discover their personal style, taste, and personalities.

My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

Price: $17.00

Former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts penned the perfect memoir. The book is filled with insight about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980’s Paris. 

The entire book is a compelling and charming read that is a must for any fashionista interested in history. Kate also penned the powerful book “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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Price: $5

The ultimate fashion classic that inspired one of the greatest and longstanding trends in fashion history. A chapter in the book inspired the now-classic LBD trend and was full of brilliant advice such as:

“It’s tacky to wear diamonds before you’re 40, and even that’s risky. They only look right on the really old girls.”

In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide

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Dear english-speaking followers, I am very very happy to announce In Paris, the book @jeannedamas and I made with our little parisian hands is out in the UK and in the US ! 🎉 I am so thrilled you will be able to read the portraits of these 20 inspiring women, who all invented themselves and share with us a total passion for this city. @aparisavecamour They told us about their stories and I wrote them down, Jeanne took the beautiful portraits at their home and in their hood. And voilà ! So, this is not the most politically subversive work I have accomplished (that part is coming soon), but this book is a good reminder that Parisian are not all born in Paris or in France, that Parisian women don’t have to be a skinny twenty something with a trench coat to be inspiring and beautiful. This book features all ages, all races, all life stories. And THIS is political. Plus there are tons of adresses of restaurants AND my mom’s boeuf Bourguignon recipe. So buy it ! Link in bio (thank you @penguinbooks you are the best ❤️)// C’est drôle, hier, j’ai pété mon téléphone en mille morceaux pile au moment où sortait aux Etats-Unis et en Angleterre notre petit bébé livre à @jeannedamas et moi, donc j’ai pas pu instagrammer à l’heure. Au même moment, j’accouchais, seule et dans la douleur (vraiment. Je suis dead les ami-e-s.) d’un autre bébé, mon mémoire de M2, qui interroge notamment la représentation des femmes non-blanches dans les médias. C’est drôle, parce que ces deux travaux racontent la même histoire, l’un façon pop culture, comme je l’ai toujours fait, et l’autre façon universitaire, comme j’ai adoré le faire ces deux dernières années. Elle est marrante la vie, et plutôt bien faite. N’empêche qu’il est chouette ce livre, et j’en suis sacrément fière. Et vive les meufs. @sophiefontanel @lamialand @doramoutot @jesusbparadis @alexandragolovanoff @patricia_badin @noemiferst @valentinemaillot @mlymarant @lolabessis @shakespeareandcoparis @crystalmrr @anita_cualega @zoe_thebear

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Price: $30

To create the perfect book for a fashionista, have two stylish Parisian women put their heads together to pen it. Model and fashion designer Jeanne Damas and journalist Lauren Bastide did just that when they penned this book.

The pair use the book to high light twenty real-life women of Paris. They aimed to prove that there is no mold for the perfect Parisian woman and introduce the reader to a realistic view of life in Paris.

The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand

Price: $15.95

Paul Morand penned this compelling book using his own transcriptions of his conversations with fashion legend Coco Chanel. Through his transcripts, readers learn about her friendship with Misia Sert, the men in her life, and her philosophy of fashion.

The powerful book embodies the exciting memories of Chanel in her own words. The book paints a vivid picture of her life, personality, and character.

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