A Summer of Fashionable Reading

This I Wear | A Summer of Fashionable Reading
Vacation booked? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Beach reads? Well, these sort of work for whatever your plans are – whether it’s a poolside lounge chair or a park bench. I take summer reading pretty seriously, and just in case you do too, I thought I’d share my picks.

Below are a few I’ve read (and there’s more here) and a few I hope to read, all focused on various aspects of style and sustainability. I hope you’ll share your recommendations too.

What I’ve Read
DV by Diana Vreeland – The autobiography of an eccentric woman who made a big impact on the fashion industry, eventually running Vogue magazine. Best part: great one-liners from a woman who saw it all and knew everyone.

The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli – This book traces a t-shirt from its origins on a cotton farm to all the possibilities of where it could end up. My favorite chapter is on the secondhand clothing trade in Africa. If you can’t travel this summer, at least you can hear the adventures your clothing has had and will have!

What I’m Reading
You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You by Dr. Jennifer Baumgauter – A psychologist’s take on what your closet says about you. Totally at the top of my list, and I can’t tell if it’s because I’m being nosy about other people’s clothing hang-ups or because I’m looking to self-diagnose.

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finley – A little history lesson on where our colors come from, whether in our paintings or dyed in the fabrics we wear. This one seems to be the perfect mix of science, history and storytelling.

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance by William McDonough and Michael Braungart – Calling all design thinking geeks, environmentalists, and people who think most things could be done better, this book by the authors of Crade to Cradle wonders, what if the things we made didn’t just avoid harming our world, but in fact, improved it? Cue mind explosion. I’m psyched and ready for the challenge.

And just in case the gents were feeling left out, my resident menswear guru recommends checking out F**k Yeah Menswear, which may be best read when you need a good laugh or when you catch yourself buying one too many brands your grandfather would’ve worn or another pair of pants with a menagerie of animals embroidered on them.

Happy reading!

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  1. Faye Lessler

    Great reading list, Rebecca! The book on color by Victoria Finley was my favorite last summer :) Also, I’m pretty sure that William McDonough is the person responsible for setting me on a sustainable path – Cradle to Cradle was seriously life changing, especially from a design point of view. I’ve been meaning to read DV, too! Here’s another one that you should add to your list is “Deluxe: How Luxury Lost it’s Luster” by Dana Thomas. Happy reading :)

    • Rebecca

      Thanks for the recommendations, Faye! I have had “Deluxe” on my list forever – this is great motivation for me to add it to my library request list!

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