I’m always trying to read more books, so I thought a great way to motivate myself to do so would be to read books based on my hobbies or subjects that I want to learn more about. Since I’m focusing this year on making my own clothes, curating a wardrobe that works best for me, and sustainable living, I thought I’d share 5 books I’ve added to my reading list that fit into one (or all) of these categories.
1. The Curated Closet – Anuschka Rees
This is the first book I want to dive into this year. I already have my copy on hold from my local library and just purchased the companion workbook to better help me get my wardrobe in order. I’ve heard that this book is a commitment because of the steps you need to take and the work that goes into it, but I think it’ll be more than worth it.
2. Fashionopolis – Dana Thomas
I’m actually right in the middle of reading this one at the moment. So far, I’m enjoying it. Especially after hearing Dana’s interview on the podcast Dressed: The History of Fashion about the book. I think the way she frames what fashion is doing now vs. where it has the potential to go, as well as shining light on the movers and shakers leading the way, is eye-opening, shocking, and inspiring. Can’t recommend it enough!
3. Threads of Life : A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle – Clare Hunter
I’ve taken some time to think about why I make, and I am completely riveted by learning what motivates other crafters as well. From mothers stitching their “disappeared” children’s names on hats in protest, to the AIDS quilt, I’m intrigued and look forward to hearing all the different stories that have inspired makers to use their craft as their voice throughout history.
4. Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion – Elizabeth L. Cline
I’ve already read this book, but it’s one I’d like to revisit. What I loved is that the author talks about simple things we can do on a personal level to counteract the fast-fashion industry (hint: stop buying it) as opposed to focusing solely on the large companies responsible (although she does speak in detail about this). After reading it, I felt empowered and motivated to change the way I approach the clothes in my closet. It changed my life! Definitely a must-read (and re-read)!
5. The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History – Kassia St Clair
All clothing starts from a simple thread that is spun into fabric. It’s what we use to cover our bodies. It covers the pillows we lay on, carpets our floors, and blankets us as…well, blankets. I am definitely interested in discovering how different cultures and societies developed fabric out of necessity, and then designed it for personal style or to tell a story. I have a feeling this is one of those books I’ll have a hard time putting down.
Feel free to comment below with the books on your reading list! I’d love to hear your suggestions!