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Book Review: Fierce Style by Christian Siriano


Fierce Style by Christian Siriano

I’m a HUGE Project Runway fan, and one of my all-time favorite PR designers is Season 4 winner Christian Siriano.

So when the publishers of his new book, Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self sent me a free copy to review, I was beyond psyched!

To be honest, though, I didn’t know what to expect from the book. I’ve read celebrity-penned style guides before, which are often overly self-indulgent and lackluster (Rachel Zoe’s book comes to mind).

But Fierce Style surprised me in a good way – it was really entertaining – chock full of inspiration and useful tips, and I couldn’t put it down!

What to Expect

The book is divided into four sections:

  • “Lady, You Look Fabulous!!!!” – A section on finding your personal style and looking fierce
  • “Finding Your Inner Ferocia” – Tips on how to feel confident at all times
  • “Every Day Is a Runway… Work It” – A section on acting fierce – succeeding at work, being social, and keeping it all together
  • “Inspire Me!!!!” – Material to get your fashion inspiration going – from celebrity muses to must-see movies

Each section is divided into mini chapters, with fun features like “10 Things Not to Wear If You Want to Be Fabulous” (sweatpants and UGG’s are on there), and “Top 10 Dream Pieces”, where he details the must-have designer items for when you become rich and famous, as well as their low-end substitutes, (or “reality pieces”). He also includes plenty of style tips from celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Heidi Klum for good measure.

In addition to the tips, expect to learn a lot about Christian’s life. These days, he’s a successful designer who has made a name for himself in the fashion world – but his success didn’t happen overnight.

The book details the many struggles he overcame to get to where he is today (including being rejected for fashion school, having to leave NYC, having plenty of fashion mishaps, and quitting an internship with Marc Jacobs!). It’s an inspiring tale that’s surprisingly honest and relatable, as well as a great addition to the book.

Possible Drawbacks

Since I’m a big fan of Christian, I loved that the book was written in a conversational style, with plenty of his famous vocab words (“fierce”, “tickity tack”, “ferosh”, etc.) sprinkled across the pages. Reading this book makes you feel like you’re having a conversation with him. And for the uninformed, there’s even a glossary at the end that explains what his words mean!

Although I thought the addition of Christian-isms made the book fun, I can see how the writing style might annoy or confuse those who aren’t familiar with him. It definitely takes a little getting used to.

So proceed with caution if you find his way of speaking annoying – the word “fierce” is repeated a LOT!

My Overall Rating of “Fierce Style”

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you’re a Christian fan or just want some tips on how to look, act, and feel fabulous. It’s an inspiring and informative book that will leave you feeling motivated, inspired, and, yes, pretty fierce.

I give this book a 4.5/5, because although I loved the book, I think the writing style might annoy non-fans.

Get Your Copy: You can buy Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self for $16.31 at Amazon.

Posted on on October 6, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion News / Tags: , , , , ,

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11 Responses to “Book Review: Fierce Style by Christian Siriano”

  1. 1
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I love Christian Siriano. I think he is fierce. I can’t wait to get this book. I like that there are sections on how to develop your own personal style.
    Since I am a fan, I don’t think the vocab and the style of writing will annoy me.

    Thanks for the review


  2. 2
    October 6th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I feel like I would like to peruse the lists and such, but I suspect his ideal “fierce” woman is not at all my style. Certainly I’ve never been a Christian fan, but perhaps I’ll go check it out in the bookstore over a nice icy coffee :)

  3. 3
    October 6th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I may have to check it out, now that you’ve given it such a glowing review!

  4. 4
    October 6th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for the review! Christian Siriano is also my fav PR winner so I can’t wait get my hands on his book!

  5. 5
    October 6th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I think I really need this book!

  6. 6
    October 6th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I can’t believe he wrote a book! Amazing, I love his work and his style and I definately loved his on PR. So yeah, I’ll look for this book everywhere.
    Too bad I have to buy it online, I don’t think it’ll be coming to my country’s bookstores =/

  7. 7
    October 6th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Yay! Another fashion book for me to purchase :-) Thanks for the review!

  8. 8
    October 6th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    L.A Candy is another great book and it’s by Lauren Conrad! :]

    It’s not so much about fashion but it’s definetly for those who want to see what life in Hollywood is really like. (:

    I reccomend you guys should all read it! :] It’s fabulous! xD


  9. 9
    October 7th, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I love him! He is so awesome. I’m definitely going to have to track down a copy :)

  10. 10
    October 7th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    i bought this yesterday after i read the review because i need to read something during a 12 hour train ride next week, but i don’t think it will last that long, it’s been hard to put it down

  11. 11
    October 8th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Fierce is bold, confident and clean from head to toe. Anyone can be fierce is they try, but only a few succeed. Smile mif you are fierce.

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