Getting into fashion is an infamously tough thing to do; the pool of people clamoring to work in the industry is large, but the availability of jobs seems to consistently be relatively small. We here at Who What Wear get questions all the time from you, dear reader, about how to break into the field.
Well, as fashion editors, social media mavens, and writers, we all at some point made the jump into the ever-mysterious fashion world. And many of us did it with a little (or a lot of) help from people who came before us. The Who What Wear staffers have put together a list of the books that helped them break into fashion. (You're welcome.)
Keep scrolling to see (and shop) the books that will take you one step closer to your dream job in fashion!
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.
“Aliza Licht's Leave Your Mark gives relatable and straightforward career advice that will never steer you wrong. Licht, the former Donna Karan International SVP of Global Communications, comes from a fashion perspective, which is why I found it particularly inspiring, but a lot of her points can apply to any career.” — Kat Collings, Who What Wear Editorial Director
Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility
“A mentor of mine gave me a copy of Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir-Faire by the author of French Women Don't Get Fat [ed: I knowwwwww], and while it was probably the sheer fact of having a mentor that made a difference, it had some great lessons in something I've learned is really true—that successful people often end up where they are seemingly at random. My big takeaway was that shifting jobs, careers, and even fields is normal over the course of a life, but as long as you're working at developing versatile, useful skills (and a wardrobe that looks the part) you'll be prepared to seize the moment when it arrives.” — Kate Winick, Social Media Manager for Who What Wear
Grace: A Memoir
"Grace Coddington is one of my favorite fashion industry figures, so it was fascinating to learn more about her. She shares lots of insider tidbits about her early career, her creative process, her relationship to Anna Wintour, and more, so I think this book would be super inspiring to any fashion industry hopeful out there." — Erin Fitzpatrick, Associate News Editor
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
"I honestly really loved Thrive by Arianna Huffington. I read it when I was just starting out in my career in New York City and the book really made me think about what I want out of my life as a whole, not only in my career. The message that what you do for a living should complement the rest of your life really resonated with me. So much so, that I ended up doing what I love for a living by pursuing a career in fashion." — Carson Olivares, Who What Wear Executive Assistant
The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion
"I remember I got to go to a signing for this book and met Teen Vogue EIC Amy Astley. This was HUGE for me. From that point, I knew that I could do anything I want, I just have to put my mind to it. Seeing those strong, successful women in tandem with the book was so important. Eva Chen was there too, and I'll never forget that." — Maddie Sensibile, Who What Wear Associate Social Media Editor
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
"This book completely changed my approach to my career. I recommend it even if you aren't entirely sure you want to work in fashion; Sandberg's advice for being the boss of your own life and going after want you want is incredibly valuable regardless of your career path. She really inspired me to fully dedicate myself to growing into the strong woman I needed to be to get what I want out of my life." – Meghan Blalock, Who What Wear Managing Editor
Have any books helped you jumpstart your career? Please share them with us in the comments below!