Not the essential coffee table books (that's another list!), rather, these books are a fun feast for your brain, not your eyes.
  1. Valley of the Dolls
    THE inspiration for like a zillion collections. It's a must-know fashion reference.
  2. No Lifeguard On Duty
    '70s/'80s supermodel icon Janice Dickinson's JUICY autobiography. Good for the beach. Good for the bitch.
  3. Grace
    A memoir from Vogue's legendary creative director, Grace Coddington.
  4. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
    Written by The NYTimes's Dana Thomas, it's a smartly reported book about the luxury industry. Like, did you know that the first store Chanel opened outside of France was in Honolulu? You would if you'd read this!
  5. The Beautiful Fall: Fashions, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
    Dramatic telling of the above, focusing on the rivalry between Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.
  6. The Devil Wears Prada
    It's real, guys. When this book came out, we could only read it on the subway going to our job at a fashion magazine, because we'd get anxiety if we read it at night. It's real.
  7. Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the '90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion
  8. Thing of Beauty
    All about '70s supermodel Gia Carangi, this book is the inspiration for the HBO movie, GIA (starring a young Angelina Jolie).
  9. Bergdorf Blondes
    Vogue writer Plum Sikes wrote this one back in 2004, and it has appeal for the SATC lover, for sure. Plum is British, which makes the writing more charming.
  10. Scruples
    FABULOUS fashion descriptions and a MAJORLY stylish heroine.