We're Reading, And Taking Fashion Inspiration From, These Epic Female Writers This Holiday Season

by: Rosie Dalton | 2 years ago | The Edit

There are a few things we tend to get really excited about as the year winds down. Like hot summer days, for example, time by the beach and reading new books. Especially reading new books by the beach on hot summer days. Unfortunately the fast paced world in which we live sometimes leaves little time for immersing ourselves in a great book for hours on end. But the holiday season offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on lost time.

In light of recent political events especially, we have never felt more eager to dive into the works of powerful female writers like Gloria Steinem and Zadie Smith. So this season our Christmas lists are peppered with books by these badass babes. And, as we start to prepare for the impending Christmas parties, we’re going even one better this year — by taking a leaf out of the sartorial books of these powerful women as well.

Armed with the words and the style to push boundaries, break barriers and fight the good fight, we feel like we can go into 2017 totally invigorated and ready for whatever the new year has got in store for us.

1) Zadie Smith

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Zadie Smith favours beautiful, silky textures and au naturale makeup punctuated with a bold red lip. Understanding implicitly the power of a statement piece, she keeps things simple with a slip dress or a denim jacket, but pulls the whole thing together with an eye-catching pair of hoops. Pop your collar like you just don’t care and pore over her powerful new book Swing Time this summer.

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2) Jennifer Egan

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Not only is Jennifer Egan a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, but she also used to date Steve Jobs. You know, just casually. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a great place to start with her work because accolades aside, it is also a compelling exploration of relationships, time and subcultural association. And if you want to dress just like her? Then prints and basics are definitely where it’s at. We are feeling especially inspired by her 1970s beachside style.

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3) Gloria Steinem

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You might know Gloria Steinem as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s. But she has also had an impressive career in journalism, most recently publishing her memoir My Life on the Road. Co-founding the Women’s Media Centre in 2005, for making women visible and powerful in the media, we’re always looking to take inspiration from her words, as much as her penchant for mini dresses, slingbacks and a classic backpack.

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4) Joan Didion

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Joan Didion’s fictional works are powerful, but it’s in her art of the essay that she really excels. You can’t go past The White Album for its exploration of the history and politics of California throughout the 1960s. Style-wise, Didion is all about the versatile foundation wardrobe — a rotation of breathable, layerable pieces like wrap style dresses, simple slides and delicate jewellery accents.

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5) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is incredibly inspirational. A Nigerian novelist and nonfiction writer, her work deals with identity, feminism and race politics. She has delivered a TEDx talk entitled We Should All Be Feminists and discussed the power of taking pride in your style. Especially after realising that she shouldn’t have to hide her love of high heels in order to be taken seriously as a female professional. Inspired by her words, we’re embracing the fanciest heels possible for those Christmas parties this year.

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