10 Books I Would Read if I Had Time

I consider myself a seasonal reader. That is, I read when I feel like it, which is not very often, BUT I do take pride in the books that I do read and most of them are non-fiction fashion novels. If you’re not a fashion major you might believe my collection of novels very boring. I have to defend myself though and say fashion people are very interesting because most of them are very blunt, which makes them hilarious. Therefore, I think everyone needs to read at LEAST one book about a member of the fashion community in their lives. In addition to my persistence that you read Man Repeller, here are other books I think both you and I should read (when we have time). And I should also mention that NOT all of the books are from fashion professionals. I shall try to persuade you in one sentence, now read along.

These shortened synopses are curated from Amazon.com and Harper’s Bazaar.com. Click the title link to buy the book on Amazon.

Tales from the back row

1.Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odwell

Cosmopolitan editor climbs up the totem pole of the fashion elite and tells us the deets and dirt about the industry, while she tries to stay with the in-crowd and get invited to the best fashion shows and after parties.


2.#GirlBoss by Sohia Amoruso

Founder of the online womenswear store called Nasty Gal, who dropped out of college exclaims being a boss is more about trusting your gut than creating a perfect path for yourself as well as being the strong character you always strived to be.

How to be parisian

3. How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Carolin de Maiget and Sophie Mas

Four successful French women give their honest opinion and stories on debunking the stereotypes of being a woman in Paris and proving being parisian is a state of mind, not a state of location.


4. IT by Alexa Chung

Fashion It girl herself, charms us with her thoughts on love, life and how to dress along with the inclusion of her personal writings, drawings and photos.

Women in clothes

5. Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidid Julavits, Leanne Shaption and 639 others

The statement that clothes shape who we are is a truthful discussion amoungst many women from various background and upbringings, who all answer questions on the broad subject of just that, our clothes.

Leave your mark

6. Leave your Mark by Aliza Licht

The favorite PR girl writes the best go-getter guide to being fierce in getting a career in fashion as much as being fierce in your everyday life, without having your insecurities get in your way.

Mindy Kaling 2 Mindy Kaling 1

7. Why Not Me? and 8. Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (an other concerns) by Mindy Kaling

The girl who made being a funny, ethnic, not-stick-skinny women the “popular” thing, has TWO books now, which both tell the laughable story of her inside philosophies on romance, friendship, and the adventures of making it big in Hollywood.

Not that kind of girl

9. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

This intelligent feminist and writer of HBO’s show Girls, vividly explains her how her ideas of love, being a women, and being overweight did not live up to her dreamy expectations of “grown up” life, she once imagined.

My Journey by Donna Karan

10. My Journey by Donna Karan

After recently stepping down from her multi-billion dollar company, DKNY, Donna Karan remembers the pains and successes that went into what made her a women and what made her a business.

There you have it ladies and gentlemen! The books to read if you EVER have to time to actually read and you know, become wise. If you do in fact take the initiative to develop your smartness by reading one of the books on this list please comment about how fabulous (or awful) they were, so I can become more motivated to read them as well!

Much Love,

Maia Symone

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