Style is not just the clothes on our backs—it is self-expression, representation, and transformation.
As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he sought out for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that—because clothes are never just clothes. Men’s heels are a statement of pride in the face of LGTBQ+ discrimination, while ribbon shirts honor Indigenous ancestors and keep culture alive. Allaire takes the reader through boldly designed chapters to discuss additional topics like cosplay, make up, hijabs, and hair, probing the connections between fashion and history, culture, politics, and social justice.
*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
- Nominated, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, YALSA 2021
“A visually stunning celebration of self-expression, self-acceptance, and cultural pride. ”- Chatelaine Magazine, 04/21
“A gorgeous and enticing book about fashion that will broaden definitions and embraces inclusion. ”- Waking Brain Cells, 06/10/21
“A celebration of humanity. ”- Black Goddess Reviews, 04/26/21
“Edifying and uplifting. ”- BlackBook, 05/11/21
“An offer to preteens and teens that seek to find their bodies, identities, and experiences reflected in the world of fashion and a contribution to non-fiction on fashion that expands its contours. ”- Canadian Children’s Book News, 08/13/21
“Dazzling and empowering . . . Fab drag queens, genderqueer and BIPOC YouTubers demoing makeup, plus-size and gender-bending cosplayers, men wearing high heels and fem fashion—they’re all here, a proud and dazzling explosion of confetti transforming the landscape. ”- Booklist, *starred review, 03/02/21
“A vibrant read about the connections between fashion, culture, and social justice. ”- Kirkus Reviews, 02/23/21
“Though it tackles heavy topics like cultural appropriation and the importance of representation, The Power of Style is resolutely celebratory. ”- Vogue, 04/22/21
“The book to appeal to a wide age range. It is important that readers of all ages be given the opportunity to learn that there are others who have had the same or similar experiences of feeling that they were different from their peers because of the way that they looked or dressed. Highly Recommended. ”- CM Reviews, 02/12/21
“Ultimately a book about empowerment. It champions diversity and self-acceptance through style and encourages readers to discover new ways of expressing themselves. ”- Quill & Quire, 05/21