12 Fall Fashion Must-Reads


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

As the temperatures drop and the layers in our outfit posts multiply, the need to be indoors and cozied up by the fire is all but overwhelming. All I seem to want to do lately is curl up on the couch with a good book. Ashe posted a few IFB contributor favorites in her list of essential blogging reads earlier this fall, but this list is all about fashion and fun. This season is high time for fashion book releases of every kind. From artful coffee tables chronicling years of fashion history to memoirs of some of fashion's most notable designers and starts, there's really something out there for every kind of fashion love.

Here are some of my picks for fall fashion reads. If you're looking for something to do on your next plane/train/car ride, or are in need of a fresh, new book to add to your collection, take a look at these:

Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. – Leandra Medine: The quirky force behind Man Repeller could not have written a more perfect first book. I'm a big fan of Leandra's writing style, and in this book, she weaves important chapters in her personal story with a string of her most favorite fashion choices throughout the years. I read this one in one weekend – such a fun read!

The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences…and hysteria – Simon Doonan: It's hard to imagine someone's experienced all of the outrageous and hilarious stories contained in The Asylum, but if were going to be anyone, it's definitely Simon Doonan.

In My Shoes – Tamara Mellon: I am always looking out for books by women CEOs and business owners, and loved Tamara's real, honest look at life at the helm of one of the most iconic shoe houses in the world – Jimmy Choo.

Fashion 2.0: Season of Change : A Forecast of Digital Trends Set to Disrupt the Fashion
Industry – Yuli Ziv: I read Yuli's “Blogging Your Way to the Front Row” at least once a year as a good refresher on blogging as a business. It was a no-brainer I'd pick up her next book. Seasons of Change is the only book I know that analyzes the monumental shift that digital trends are forcing the fashion industry (and literally every other industry) to move in. Adapt to change or risk becoming obsolete. More of a blogging for business book, but a quick and informative read for me.

Rookie Yearbook Two – Even if you aren't a teenager anymore, Rookie Mag's second yearbook edition is a (thick and) fabulous read, chockfull of essays, photo collages and interviews. Contributors included Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Emma Watson, Morrissey, Molly Ringwald and so many more.

The Fashion Book: New and Expanded Edition If you don't already have a copy of this classic coffee table book, now would be a good time to pick it up (or put on your holiday wish list.) The Fashion Book features all of the need-to-know designers and the most influential style icons of the moment, beautifully displayed in rich, full-page photography.

Beyond Chic 
Ivan Terestchenko: Beyond Chic is the private home tour of our dreams, taking readers into the home sanctuaries of Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Armani and the like. Home decor inspiration from some of fashion's standout designers.

It  – Alexa Chung: How could you not love Alexa Chung? It is a personal invite into her world: drawings, photographs and life musings from Alexa herself.

The World According to Karl  Because you can never have enough quote books for your coffee table, especially when they're quotes by one of the most beloved and well-known designers of all time.

Alexander McQueen: Working Process: Photographs by Nick Waplington: A hauntingly beautiful look behind the scenes of Alexander McQueen's last collection, photographed and documented by commissioned photographer Nick Waplington. Working Process is laid out exactly how the legendary designer placed said photographs on storyboards.

Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget
 – Clinton Kelly: Fun, frivolous and frugal is the name of the game in What Not to Wear host Clinton Kelly's how-to style guide. 

Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years – Alexander Vreeland: Letters, memos, photographs and more documenting the Vogue fashion editor's prime years at the publication, where she transformed it into the premier fashion magazine in the U.S.

I'd love to hear your suggestions for fall fashion reads in the comments!

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48 Responses

  1. fly won

    “The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping” is a GREAT and handy book
    also of course “Normal Gets You Nowhere” by Kelly Cutrone

  2. Sarah-Louise

    Fantastic list! Four of these were already on my ‘to read’ list, the others are new to me, thank you for sharing 🙂

    I’m envious of the people who can buy the ‘coffee table’ books. I’m “travelling” at the moment (settled in one place medium term) and can’t buy too many keepsakes boo 🙁

  3. Asia Mays

    YES for Leandra’s book! I JUST finished reading it. I will mill through these other books as I’ve been on the hunt to read something new!

  4. Megan Mueller-Weaver

    I’ve been wanting to read Leandra’s book ! I love her. Such a great list!

  5. Béatrice

    I recently get Rookie Yearbook 2 and It for my birthday and I highly recommend these, especially the last one. As I’m a fan of Alexa Chung, I really liked to read all of her inspirations (tons of movie/book/music recommendations) and I found it very funny. MY fall fashion must read is definitely It by Alexa Chung!

  6. Aisha

    You guys should really read the Annie Valentine series by Carmen Reid! It’s about a woman who has her own shopping and fashion show!!

  7. Ken Groll

    Sometimes taking a step back form the daily grind of blogging and just absorbing as much fashion content as you can is really helpful. One problem I have run into is I can get into a kind of monotonous writing style if I don’t read other publications often enough.

  8. Jennifer Akandu

    I was in desprate need for some new books so this perfect ,great blog post love it x

  9. Ingrid Rash

    I suggest ” The little black book of style” from Nina Garcia .It is my favorite, I read it over and over.

  10. MissDee

    Great article, I definitely need to put some of the titles on my birthday list!

  11. Kristen

    Great suggestions! I’ll be sure to check them out, particularly Clinton’s budget friendly fashion book!

  12. BaileyAnne

    I always love a new fashion read! I can’t wait to check out Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget, Clinton is amazing! I already miss What Not To Wear.


  13. Kohinoor Dev Roy

    A great collection of Fall fashion must reads. Alexa Chung’s ‘It’ is something I would be looking forward to read

  14. Paola Pascua

    would you guys know where can we possibly find sources of runway photos?

    • Lisa Peterson

      Those are definitely two of my favorites. The coffee table book “In Vogue” is also great staple as a reference and has many exclusive pictures. Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel is on my list of must reads.


  15. Kelly-Lee Fitzpatrick

    Loved it! I am a huge fan of Alexa Chung’s style and I was not disappointed by her book.

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  17. Molly Hainline

    Was Grace Coddington’s not out yet? Such a great read. Some of these are for sure going on my list!! Girl Boss is also a fun one.