Book Review: Fictionally Fabulous by Anne Keenan Higgins

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I picked up Fictionally Fabulous: The Characters Who Created the Looks We Love randomly while browsing in Barnes and Noble, and it seemed like it was made for me. It is a book with illustrations of iconic outfits from iconic characters, and it had too many of my favorites to pass it up: Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep, Jean Seberg in Breathless, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face, Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour… So many of my absolute favorites and ones that have had a huge impact on my fashion consciousness.

Basically, there are a bunch of fashionable female characters, ranging from Louise Brooks as Lulu to Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon. There is a description of the movie, the character, and her wardrobe in the movie, an illustration of one outfit, and then some characters get an additional two- or three-page spread with wardrobe items. When I flipped through the book I didn’t realize that not everyone got a full spread. I was especially sad to see that Jean Seberg’s Patricia Franchini did not.

But still, it’s a fun little book to have if you’re like me and spend a lot of your movie-watching time distracted by what the characters are wearing. The fact that I now have many of my favorites in illustrated form made it worth it to me.

Fictionally Fabulous: The Characters Who Created the Looks We Love, Anne Keenan Higgins, Running Press, 2017. $18.00 (hardcover). is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

4 Comments on Book Review: Fictionally Fabulous by Anne Keenan Higgins

  1. H
    August 22, 2017 at 7:36 am

    You’ll probably already have caught it, but in case it’s helpful: there’s an open italic tag in the paragraph with the link to the book (and the book does look like fun!), so everything below it on the front page and when you open the post is in italics too.

    • stylesyntax
      August 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      I actually hadn’t caught it, so thank you for letting me know! I had wanted all of the bottom stuff to be in italics, so I didn’t notice anything off when I previewed the post.

  2. anastasia
    October 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hey Do you know if this polyvore set looks Theatrical Romantic?
    I completed the kibbe quiz and got mostly A answers which came out as dramatic. I also did the Mcjimneys quiz and i think i got ethereal not sure about the other one and i have a long neck which they said was an ethereal quality. I could also be a deep winter as well. For some reason i feel drawn to dramatic clothing but not all the way. As for soft natural i just don’t feel like it resonates with me at all not even the jewelry.

    • stylesyntax
      October 9, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      No, it doesn’t look Theatrical Romantic, or any other Kibbe Image ID.

      I can’t speak to Ethereal. I would just look at yourself as objectively as possible, and try to clear preconceived notions about yourself. Read the chapter on Resistance to Your Image ID from the book, and see which issues resonate with you. Concentrate on what you love about yourself and the answer will come.


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