While we adore fashion chick lit like The Devil Wears Prada, the reality is that fact trumps fiction: It takes the enigma out of the world of fashion yet retains all of its magic with tales of real-life hits and misses. It’s ten times hilarious, 100 times more shocking, and 1000 times more inspiring. After all, it ain’t just “based on a real story”--it is the story.
Whoever said that making fashion your raison d'etre signifies extreme shallowness, well, should read how these books came about--through sheer ambition, hard work, and perseverance (albeit frequently fueled by desperation). But our personal favorite: the story inspired by a mother’s passion for fashion. Aptly titled My Mother’s Clothes, it’s a daughter-to-mom love letter that seeks to understand one’s parent based on what (and why) they wore during their lifetime.
Browse through the gallery for a gist of why these books--old and new--made it to our fashion lit list. Have you read any of these books? Thinking of buying one or two as gifts for your book-loving, fashionista girlfriends and yourself? Tell us when you comment below what you think of our picks.