Fashion + Life Lessons

As a fashion student, I’ve always taken my studies beyond what I learn in school through text books and lectures. In order to have a better understanding of the industry and the fashion world in general, I feel as though I need to explore everything available to me. Old issues of Vogue, current fashion blogs, case studies, theories, history, biographies of fashion icons, and books. Novels about fashion, whether written by a merchandiser, designer, or publicist, are my favorites because the messages incorporate more than just facts about the industry. Along with an insight to specific jobs in fashion, they have taught me valuable life lessons and they have inspired me begin to establish a career of my own. Below are a few fashion-related books that I have been reading over and over again, taking something new from them each time.

If You Have To Cry, Go Outside (And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You) by Kelly Cutrone

I advise you to stop sharing your dreams with people who try to hold you back, even if they’re your parents. Because, if you’re the kind of person who senses there’s something out there for you beyond whatever it is you’re expected to do — if you want to be EXTRA-ordinary — you will not get there by hanging around a bunch of people who tell you, you’re not extraordinary. Instead, you will probably become as ordinary as they expect you to be.

The Gospel, According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo

A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.


I answer four questions a month on a variety of problems related to relationships, work and money. The questions have one thing in common: How can the question-asker tell her husband, best friend, sister, mother-in-law or boss that she’s going to do something or not do something, or that they need to do something or stop doing something without appearing to be a bitch? Some of these problems are huge and intractable. My answer-seekers shoulder enormous burdens, they are married to lovable-losers, they’re working two jobs, they’re getting their degrees at night, and they have children, health problems, debt. They are really struggling, and most of the time the change they want to effect in their lives is completely reasonable. And yet, they wonder how they can solve their problem without making anyone angry. They care about being nice…. Chanel did not care about being nice, or playing by any rule other than the ones she set for herself.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Even with no manager watching me to give me a gold star, it was important to do my best. Who cares if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it? The tree still falls. If you believe that what you’re doing will have positive results, it will — even if it’s not immediately obvious. When you hold yourself to the same standard in your work that you do as a friend, girlfriend, student or otherwise, it pays off.


No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in life you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.

The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion

You need to do something you feel passionately about, and if you’re not sure what that is, try different things until you find it. – Eva Chen


Create your own individual style. I’m not interested in the girl who walks into my office in a head-to-toe label look that’s straight off the runway. I’m interested in a girl who puts herself together in an original, independent way. – Anna Wintour

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