If your living room is the heart of the home, then the coffee table is the heart of your living room. It's the statement shoe of any space, so when you've found the perfect one it pays to style it with care. If yours is looking a tad bare or simply needs a tabletop refresh, there's only one mantra you should keep in mind: accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. The foundation should always begin with a stylish coffee table book. Luckily for you, we've rounded up our favourite fashion-centric books to get you started.
Whether you love flipping through gorgeous visuals of historic clothing or you'd prefer to get a history lesson on American fashion, this selection will satisfy both. Don't pick just one. It's time to turn your coffee table into a chic, cat-walking library. Take a look through our selection of the best new and old books every fashion girl will love (along with the coffee table to match).
We've been a major fan of fashion blogger Aimee Song's style since she started her style site, and now it's all available in one beautifully bound coffee table book. Song offers advice on how to promote your personal brand in the digital space with insider tips on how to use social media as a tool to build your business. If you're looking for stylish décor that also teaches you how to curate your Instagram feed, you've met your match.
Whether your living room has a multitude of metallic accents or it's full of warmer neutrals, this bright book cover will make a fashion-forward statement. We love the tinfoil effect on the cover, but what's inside is even better. Hint: You'll get a backstage glimpse into the best catwalks of recent years. This coffee table book is really about the art of the fashion show, which marries design, informative reading, and art (the ideal ménage à trois).
The Best of Vogue
Grace Coddington has earned her reputation as the creative genius behind many of Vogue's gorgeous visuals. She curated this book to include her favorite fashion spreads and includes the work of many talented photographers. If the cover art's abstract portrait is any indication of the fun illustrations and photographs to come, then you won't be disappointed. No fashion lover's home should be without it.
First of all, this book kills it in terms of cover design. Not only does this coffee table book serve up some serious eye candy, but it's also sure to spark some interesting conversations. Aside from Dior fashion, it also covers historic makeup trends and runway design.
A Fashion Encyclopedia
If you want to brush up on your knowledge of the historical ebbs and flows of fashion design or learn how dressing transformed over the years, this is our pick. It features celebrity style along with a historic look at how fashion has changed throughout the ages. Once you're through with it, you'll be the resident fashion expert with encyclopedic knowledge of style history. Now that will impress any stylish guest.
Global High Fashion
If you're curious about non-Western influences on fashion, this Issey Miyake coffee table book has you covered. It's a must-have for those interested in learning more about the Japanese designer and his impact on global trends, both in the fashion industry and beyond. If you're already familiar with his coveted designs, the gorgeous visual spreads in this book are no exception.
Avant-Garde Cover Art
Here's another coffee table book that covers over half a century of design evolution. Not only is it packed with informative value, but the chic design also offers a great way to spice up a bland coffee table. The cover is a bit more avant-garde than the aforementioned 100 Years of Fashion, so if you want an edgier version, this one is sure to get the job done.
Technology meets fashion
As the title suggests, this book offers an analysis of the cultural implications of technology on the clothing manufacturing industry as well fashionable spaces like the cat-walk. It's a fresh read with a lot more than just pretty pictures to gawk at. The cover is both tasteful and elegant, so it'll elevate just about any table aesthetic.