As the first bank holiday weekend of the year comes up we thought it was time to put together a list of our top five favourite fashion novels and books to keep you occupied. Whether your long weekends are spent poolside or lazing on the sofa, these books will have you laughing, crying and remembering why you fell in love with fashion.
Lauren Weisberger: The Devil Wears Prada - This iconic 2003 fashion novel became better known after the release of the hit movie adaption, which won Meryl Streep the Golden Globe for best actor and won the Satellite Award for best costume design (obviously). The book itself is a treat, separate from the movie, and offers sequels if you’re hooked. The author worked as a personal assistant to Vogue's editor, Anna Wintour, before penning the book and critics see real-life insights behind the fictional facade. For unique fashion industry tips, belly laughing moments and a thoroughly relatable protagonist you won’t find better than The Devil Wears Prada.
Women in Clothes - This is a book written by women from all over the world about their relationship with the clothes they wear. The editors put together a survey to help explore the way women feel about their clothes, how they express themselves through fashion, and what dressing well means to them. It’s a fascinating exploration of culture, clothes and confidence.
Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy is often hailed as one of the greatest writers of all time and he called Anna Karenina his first true novel. It’s a mighty work that explores the meaning of family and betrayal, examines the growing split between rural and urban life, and dissects the prejudices of society. Anna Karenina is a Countess in Imperial Russia and the fashion of the day is more restrictive and uptight than we’re used to. It’s a classic novel with a fashion fix, it’ll surely keep you busy.
Isabel Wolff: A Vintage Affair - This 2009 book is the 8th novel by author Isabel Wolff. In the book, Phoebe sets up her own vintage dress store, and we explore the stories behind some of the items. Clothes can carry a lot of history and the tales behind her vintage items are fascinating, sad, wonderful and so much more. IT helps remind us that nothing is detached from it’s past and we must always consider the stories behind our clothes.
Sophie Kinsella: Confessions of a Shopaholic - This is another noughties fashion classic, featuring a magazine writer who doesn’t make enough to pay for her upmarket London flat finding solace in shopping. Her job is boring and the stress is too much, shopping helps blow off steam. We all know the feeling! When she finds a story she can feel passionate about, everything could change forever. Make sure this book is in your hand luggage next time you fly, you’ll be entertained all flight!