Whether you need reading material for the flight home from seeing family or something to read under the table while your Aunt Agnes is telling the world’s most boring story during Christmas dinner, a great book can be just what the holiday season calls for. Here are five new fashion books we’re begging Santa for this Christmas.
What My Daughter Wore by Jennifer Williams:
Kids are one of the best, most unlikely sources of fashion inspiration. They’re not concerned about what’s flattering or appropriate – they dress whimsically, purely for themselves. What My Daughter Wore is a collection of drawings from a Brooklyn artist, showcasing the sartorial choices of her daughter and her friends. You might just be inspired to pair a Dr. Who tee with a swishy skirt (one of the outfits featured in the book).
The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion by Teen Vogue:
Not just for teens, this book is a must-buy for anyone aspiring to work in the fashion industry. It’s an update on a classic. with 90% new content. Anna Wintour called it “an indispensable resource for anybody who aspires to work… anywhere, really, in the fashion industry.” As the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue’s parent mag, she might be a little biased, but this book really is great. It’s chock-full of interviews that will teach you all about design, modelling, photography and more, paired with beautiful photos.
Asian Street Fashion by James Bent:
When you think of inspirational Asian street style, you probably think of the Harajuku girls and gothic Lolitas of Japan. But Asia’s a huge continent with a lot of fashion to offer. This book takes you beyond the obvious, delving deep into the world of stylish Asians from Bangkok to Seoul. The book comes from the owner of the blog AsianStreetFashion.org, who’s travelled extensively across Asia snapping style photos for years.
1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook by Emmanuelle Dirix and Charlotte Fiell:
Calling all vintage lovers! If you’re obsessed with the age of pin-up girls and silver screen sirens, you’ll love this all-encompassing guide to 1940s fashion. It’s full of gorgeous images and is super-informative about the styles of the time. It features a great introduction on what was going on in the world during the ’40s and how it was tied to the fashions of the day.
Chic-tionary: The Little Book of Fashion Faux-cabulary by Stephanie Simons, illustrated by Malia Carter:
So you almost become a prisoner of wardrobe until you find the perfect dress, but when you show up at the party this other woman’s totally dresspassing. And her arm party is so out of control she needs an accessorcism. If you’re confused by those sentences, you need this witty dictionary of made-up fashion-related terms. Finally, there’s a term for the remorse you feel the day after getting bangs when they’re too short and won’t behave (bangover).