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From Joan Didion to Jackie Collins, philosophers and poets to feminists and – our edit of the writers with truly iconic style.

Of course the most important thing is the words, not the clothes. But some of our favourite writers just happen to have killer style too. Inspiration – just for your wardrobe, not your mind! Can you love prints as much as you love prose? You bet.

Simone de Beauvoir

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”

Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Jackie Collins

“Do not copy my style! The first rule of writing is write about what you know, not what you think you know. So, think about what you’ve done in your life and write about that.”

Zadie Smith

“Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful…and decide what you want and need and must do.”

Joan Didion

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”