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Top 5 Summer Books for Fashionistas

Lately, we’ve been interested in catching up on our reading here at Real Style, whether that reading happens to take place at the park or while enjoying nature up at a friend’s cottage. Here are some inspiring and exciting picks for the top fashion reads to enjoy this summer. Happy reading!

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1) Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington – As creative director of American Vogue, the talented longtime fashion expert has years of experience in the industry at the age of 72. Her memoir, published last year by Random House, takes an insider’s look at the fashion industry, at Grace’s humble beginnings as a waitress and aspiring model in London, and at the beautiful, mysterious and complex world of Vogue itself.

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2) Diana Vreeland: Empress of Fashion by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart – With her unconventional looks, strong sense of classic style, and powerful personality, editor Diana Vreeland remained a fashion legend up until her death in 1989. This book takes a look at her career as a breakthrough fashion editor at American Vogue, along with her interesting personal life and the influence she had on the industry as a whole.

3) Finding Myself in Fashion by Jeanne Beker – Jeanne Beker has had a major role along with remarkable influence on the Canadian fashion industry. In this autobiography (published in 2011 by Viking Canada), she describes the ups and downs she’s experienced on the way to success, along with plenty of great memories and significant moments along the way.

4) Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia – As a fashion director and writer at Elle and Marie Claire (along with acting as a judge on Project Runway), Colombian-born Nina Garcia has been a fashion lover since she was a young girl. In Little Black Book, she describes how her love of style began, along with describing the importance of confidence and creativity in fashion.

5) Rookie: Yearbook One edited by Tavi Gevinson – At 17, Tavi Gevinson is already a whiz kid fashion editor who has been running her own blog since age 11! While other girls are happy with shopping at their local mall, Tavi’s unique sense of style, love of pattern and colour, keen understanding of designers, and overall charisma have all made her a fantastic new influence on both social media and fashion. In her Yearbook One, Tavi describes the rise of her blog ROOKIE during her own formative years.

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