Title: The Curated Closet
Author: Anuschka Rees
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
“It contains everything you need to feel confident and inspired everyday – no more and no less,” Anaschka Rees writes regarding her wardrobe system in her book, The Curated Closed: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-seventy-two-page paperback targets those who want to learn how to eliminate, select, and add clothing to their wardrobe effectively and creatively. After an introduction and closet diagnostics section, the book is divided into four parts that cover the topic, ending with a conclusion, author’s biography, acknowledgments, and index.
The first section discusses the basics, philosophy, and defining the status quo while the second establishes personal clothing style through inspiration, experimenting, and fine tuning. The next part covers cleaning out the closet, building the wardrobe, closet composition, color palettes, outfit formulas, business attire, overhauling, and a capsule wardrobe. The final six chapters involve the art of shopping for clothing as a conscious consumer, overspending, quality assessment, fitting pointers, and year-round maintenance. The book reiterates that one should have key pieces, basics, and statement items in their closet.
Although I am in my late fifties and retired, I am constantly rotating my closets and drawers, searching for the best wardrobe possible that expresses my eclectic personality. My favorite sections in this book were the closet diagnostics chart, revising things liked, closet detox, color palettes, two-week sample outfit plan, and overhauling mistakes.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the book’s minimalist approach to a wardrobe. Others may find the illustrations are simplistic and focus mainly on muted, light colors instead of vibrant ones. Noted in the pictured examples, there is little attention given to accessories such as purses, scarves, hats, and jewelry that can make or break an outfit.
~ Who ~
The author is a writer and creator of an online website dedicated to personal style and minimalism. Having a degree in social psychology, she understands human decision making, especially when it comes to fashion.
~ Wish ~
With the photographs mainly concentrating on the muted colors, I did not relate to them (most were not in my color scheme) so only a few piqued my interest. I wish accessories were also included in the pictures.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner’s book on starting or revamping your closet to match your personal style, this may be a viable choice. It may be appreciated by a young woman entering the workplace and needs to know tips and ideas for a budgeted streamlined wardrobe.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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