When you’re living at home, it’s all too easy to leave your latest edition of Cosmo lounging on the coffee table next to the rents’ decades-old photography books and cherished photo albums. But for the gals out there who have stepped into their favorite pair of pumps and strutted into a fresh (at least for now) new apartment, it can be difficult to figure out what to stack atop that all important living room table.
After all, when guests aren’t sipping their mixed drinks or digging into a bowl of popcorn, chances are they’ll be leafing through anything that’s not your old college textbook. So, save yourself the embarrassment of keeping your mom’s family vacation scrap book (the one where you were a pimply-faced tracksuit lover) on full display and keep a stash of entertaining books on your table.
Fashion lovers, here are 10 coffee table-worthy books I’m obsessing over.
101 Things I Learned in Fashion School ($6, amazon.com)
Ladies, here’s your crash course in fashion! And you don’t have to be a fashion world beginner or enthusiastic undergrad to devour the book’s helpful illustrations and fun tips. Even seasoned style stars will appreciate the wit and humor gracing each page! Plus, this little book will leave enough space for you to put your well-soled feet up after a long day’s work.
Style Yourself: Inspired Advice from the World’s Fashion Bloggers ($16.47, amazon.com)
Do the names Jane Aldridge, Tavi Gevinson or Susie Lau ring a bell? If not, get ready for your intro into the wonderful world of fashion bloggers! And if you’ve already spent one too many hours wondering how to convince Jane to hand over her extensive shoe collection (or vibrant red locks), you’ll still find enough style tips to make this purchase worth it. Best of all, your friends will finally get why you’re practically living in the blogosphere.
Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir ($14.50, amazon.com)
You may have heard of Camilla Morton for her many contributions to Vogue or for her bestselling book of tips titled How to Walk in High Heels. This time, the seasoned fashion journo takes us on a fairytale adventure to tell the story of Manolo Blahnik’s life and achievements. Besides being totally creative, this book has the added bonus of having been illustrated by the shoe master himself! Forget that new pair of kicks: you’ll want to show off these pretty pictures to everyone you know!
And if you fall in love with this one, pick up Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty. It’s just as enchanting.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ($27.00, amazon.com)
This will add instant culture to your apartment –even if your fridge is filled with expired yogurt and beer. If you missed the breathtaking McQueen exhibit at the Met (you know, because your heel snapped en route to NYC and those seven hour lines made you dizzy), you can own a little piece of the collection with this visually enthralling book. Be warned: this could ruin potential movie nights!
50 Fashion Designers You Should Know ($13.57, amazon.com)
Where else will you find a century of fashion in 157 gorgeously illustrated pages? From Prada to Oscar, this little book has it all (no, really –you’ll even find timelines). Sorry, Wikipedia: this round has gone to print!
The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men ($10.40, amazon.com)
In this treasure trove for vintage lovers, the costume designer for Mad Men dishes on her style secrets and tips. To top it all off, it’s wrapped in quite the pretty package: how can you help but love this book’s classy cover?
Vogue: The Covers ($31.50, amazon.com)
Because no table is complete without Anna Wintour. Treat your guests to some major fashion eye candy with 300 of Vogue’s most stunning covers.
100 Unforgettable Dresses ($21, amazon.com)
For the ladies who have lined their closets with the finest frocks, this one’s for you. Learn about some of the most impact-making dresses in history, including Broadway gems and a feathered Chanel number.
My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion ($10.58, amazon.com)
Maybe this is a classic case of denial, but fashion coloring books aren’t just for preteens! I remember lying sprawled across my college dorm room gathering ideas and crafting mini procrastination projects from My Wonderful World of Fashion. And now, the style gods have answered my prayers with My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion, released last month. So, break out those colored pencils and show off your creativity!
Christian Louboutin ($94.50, amazon.com)
Yes, I’d have to skip eating for a month to be able to cough up the cash for this piece of art, but there’s something in me that gets the urge to pull out my credit card every time I catch a glimpse of those coveted red soles. But luckily for those Louboutin-lovers out there, the holidays are a comin’, and it seems much easier to add this to the top of your wish list than a pair of $1,000 booties.
Sound off: now that I’ve shared a few of my favorites, tell me what you gals keep on display. I love a good recommendation!
Image via Mnemosyneblog. Yes, that is Emma Watson. Isn’t she awesome?