15 Coffee Table Books Fit For Your Most Fashionable Friend

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The fashionable friends are always the hardest to buy for and deceptively so, too. Their obsession with clothes makes gift buying seem relatively straightforward, until you actually start trying to shop for them. It takes a brave person to buy clothes for a fashion- fanatic. It’s like volunteering to cook a three course meal for a Michelin star chef – unnecessary and stressful. 

Style is such a personal thing so even if it is the thought that counts, it’s incredibly difficult to get right for someone else. Of course, there’s always the gift voucher route but best to keep that for emergencies only. 

Diverting from clothes doesn’t have to mean ditching the fashion theme altogether. Instead of scouring the clothes store, take a new approach with your local bookstore. You’ll soon find yourself lost in the highly underrated fashion and design section, having gone from having no gift ideas at all to being unable to choose. 

Coffee table books are the kind of gift you can never justify for yourself and so, makes for one of the most luxurious gifts to receive. Given that creativity and visual referencing is at the heart of fashion, the books surrounding the topic are some of the most beautiful out there. Browse pages of fashion’s favourite illustrators or take an in-depth look at the archives of the biggest fashion houses, whichever you choose, your fashion-loving friend is sure to be thrilled.

Check out our top picks below for the most fashionable coffee table books on the market. 

Cartier in the 20th Century by Margaret Young-Sanchez, £58.45 at Amazon
Gucci: The Making Of By Frida Giannini £65.00 at Urban Outfitters
Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation: New Art, Fashion and Architecture, £90.00 at Urban Outfitters
Chloe: Attitudes by Sarah Mower and Marc Ascoli, £50 at Amazon
Jeremy Scott By Jeremy Scott, £50.00 at Urban Outfitters
The New Fashion Rules: Inthefrow by Victoria McGrath, £16.99 at Waterstones
Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age by Graydon Carter, £30.99 at Amazon
Fashion Climbing: A New York Life by Bill Cunningham, £16.99 at Waterstones
Capture Your Style: Transform Your Instagram Images, Showcase Your Life, and Build the Ultimate Platform By Aimee Song £14.99
Vogue: The Covers (updated edition) by Dodie Kazanjian, £45 at Waterstones
All About Yves By Catherina Ormen £35.00
Fashion in Film by Christopher Laverty, £30 at Waterstones
Tom Ford by Tom Ford and Bridget Foley, £55 at Amazon
Alexander McQueen: Unseen by Robert Fairer, £48 at Waterstones
Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel, £25 at Waterstones
Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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