20 Great Reads: The IFB Summer Reading List


School may be out and your mind may be on the beach, but that doesn't mean you can't kick up your heels poolside and dig into a great book!

I love reading and losing myself in a good book. Somehow, it's so much easier than losing your in a blog. So do yourself a favor this summer and step away from the computer screen, grab a big hat, fabulous shades, and sunscreen, and lose yourself in a book (will outside).  You'll thank me for it!

Fashion + History:

There's something compelling about fashion when combined with history. Whether it's a memoir, a period in history, photography from a particular era… it's very visceral, evocative, and moving.  It removes you from fashion today and puts you in fashion of the past.  It's eye-opening and curious.

The Business of Blogging (& Writing!):

Maybe you want to use this down time to grow your blogging knowledge or craft your skills as a writer.

Personal Style + Growth:

  • The Fire Starter Sessions* by Danielle LaPorte. The internet's favorite self-love, self-improvement, feel good blogger and writer released this book last summer.  Perfect for the man and woman who wants to light a fire under their ass.
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey. Another that's been on my “to read” list for too long, and yet… I've guiltily quoted passages from the book. That I find online.
  • Kevin Aucoin's Making Faces* + Face Forward*.  I had both of these in undergrad and sold them to help finance moving. I've regretted it.  You don't get a much better guide to beauty and applying make-up.
  • Style Statement* by Danielle LaPorte.  Fact: I never DID find my style statement, but the process sure was a lot of fun.
  • Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. by Leandra Medine.  Our favorite fashion forward blogger has a new book of essays! Anyone fancy an IFB book club read? Yeah??

Fashion + Fun:

Spend your summer with some classics when it comes to fashion fiction… the stories that launched films, franchies, and about a billion sequels.

I'll admit– I haven't read ALL of these yet (* indicate those I own/have read), but that's what summer is for! They're all on my reading list, and I can't wait to dive in. (As soon as I finish Call Me Zelda, okay?)

What books do you recommend for some light, fun, and learned summer reading?  Have you read any of the books above (want to confirm or deny if the rest of us should read them)?


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14 Responses

  1. Anecia

    great article! today i was in empik (polish famous shop with books, magazines, cds etc.) and i saw andy warhol’s & coco chanel biography and i thought: i have to read them! i hope i’ll find time for it on summer in work 🙂


  2. CynthiaCM

    I’m in the middle of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan right now. It’s a fictional look at the extravagant lifestyles of the moneyed Chinese families in Singapore.

  3. Anastazja Oppenheim

    Hadley Freeman’s “The Meaning of Sunglasses” is a smart, funny book.
    “Coco Chanel. An Intimate Life” by Lisa Chaney is a beautifully written, imformative biography.
    And for something more academic (for those missing school when on holiday!), I think Elizabeth Wilson’s “Adorned in Dreams” is a must read.
    And currently I’m reading “Revenge Wears Prada.”

  4. Frances Ambler

    Fab list, thank you! That will keep me busy over the summer.

    I’ve just finished reading “Summer at Tiffany”, a lovely account of a college girl working in Tiffany over a summer in the 1940s. There are some wonderful descriptions of New York and the fashions of the period.

  5. Style is...

    Love this list! I have read Fashion 2.0 Blogging your way to the front row but may have to get it out again for a flick through as it was a great read. Thanks for recommending the Joy Cho book, I think I will read that one next. I also have the Problogger book which has some great blogging tips.

  6. Dunia

    American Psycho. Not a fashion book, but really an outstanding book 🙂