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Have Yourself A Literary Christmas: Gifts For People You Find Chic

With only 22 days until Christmas, the pressure is officially on to get those gifts that will get and keep people talking. Of course, buying gifts is hard, especially if your bank account is feeling pretty emaciated. We’ve already covered some ideas for a budget-happy Christmas, however, buying a v-neck tee or charm necklace doesn’t exactly fit every type of personality!  The answer? The wonderful and fantastic world of books. There is a cover-bound world for everyone out there and leading up to Christmas we’ll be aiding you in your quest to make sure every special person in your life is happy come the 25th, with a strict $30 price limit. First on the list? Individuals that are fashionable.

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

I haven’t read this book yet, but it is definitely on my wishlist. Sassy, charming and so awesomely British, Grace’s candid take on…well, just about everything, is supposedly hilarious and amazing. She is the creative director of Vogue and an international icon of quirk–besides, Anna Wintour gave this book a thumbs up so you know it must be a must-read.

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The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia

I actually tend to stay away from fashion guides and fashion advice books, because they assume that you have mondo deniro and can casually drop 3k on a vintage designer gown or simply go out and buy an It-bag. They kind of cater to the 1%, you know? This book is different and a really, thoroughly enjoyed it. While Nina Garcia is sort of out of touch in real life, in this guide it is much less about the price tag of the garment and more about the garment itself. Garcia uses a personable tone to help you tailor and realize your own sense of style, with darling illustrations provided by Ruben Toledo. Super fun!

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Vogue: The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian

Less of a novel/biography and more of a collection of beauty, the evolution of Vogue covers through the years is a reason to get it in itself, especially if you’re interested in the transformation of the ideal beauty over an extended period of time. Of course, the behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts are cool, too. Vogue: The Covers is a perfect coffee table addition.

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Dior by Alexandra Palmer

While I don’t own this, I’ve read through it and really loved it. Palmer is extremely knowledgeable and allows us to have an extensive look into the way the house operated when under the helm of Christian Dior himself. It isn’t just a biography, however, as there are also sketches and (of course) photographs of the iconic house.

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The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo

Despite my not-so-secret loathing of the current captain of the Chanel ship, I have mad respect for Coco and think she is extremely fascinating. Born as a bastard child and raised in a convent, Coco rose to the top of the fashion food chain with determination, passion and a unique sense of self. I’m considering purchasing this for myself, if only for the (hopeful) analysis of her Nazi entanglements. What, that’s not a normal thing to be stoked about when reading a fashion biography? Once a German major, always a German major, I guess.

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The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 by Claire Wilcox

This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include at least one hardcore haute couture book. This 224 page book has color photographs, black and white illustrations and in depth descriptions of what exactly the New Look was, how it was created and how it was developed. This era was rightfully dubbed The Golden Age (duh). The designs are drool-worthy and enviable, and this is a perfect Christmas buy for anyone who has an interest in the historical impact of couture houses on modern day fashion.

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BONUS! Postcards from Vogue: 100 Iconic Covers. I love postcards and think that they’re a cute/funky/stylish way to decorate a room, especially if they’re from people that you love. This deal is totally amazing and gives you a way to further customize the cards you give for the holidays!

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3 thoughts on “Have Yourself A Literary Christmas: Gifts For People You Find Chic

  1. Hey girl, i like these! But wondering since you’re pretty in touch in the fashion world, do you know of any good books in this genre by more underrepresented women in fashion too? Black women, latin@ women, etc.? If yes, I’d like to know for my own reading pleasure and also they might be nice added onto this list if you know of any.

    • I haven’t read any of these, but I know some exist! There is one called Black and Beautiful that has a bunch of interviews of colored women in the industry (mostly models, eg Naomi Campbell) compiled into a book. There’s also Soul Style, again with African Americans, but with a sort of focus on their impact on the industry through a series of essays. For hispanics in fashion you’ll run into a lot on Oscar de la Renta but not much on women. It’s hard because there are a lot of biographies about, however not many on African American/Latin/etc races because it’s just now that they’re starting to gain a lot of recognition (eg Tracy Reese, Anna Sui).

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