Monday, October 3, 2016

The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees


Title:  The Curated Closet
Author: Anuschka Rees
Publisher:  Ten Speed Press
Release Date:  September 20, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction: Style & Living




Is your closet jam-packed and yet you have absolutely nothing to wear? Can you describe your personal style in one sentence? If someone grabbed a random piece from your closet right now, how likely is it that it would be something you love and wear regularly?

With so many style and shopping options, it can be difficult to create a streamlined closet of pieces that can be worn easily and confidently. In The Curated Closet, style writer Anuschka Rees presents a fascinatingly strategic approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the ideal wardrobe to match it, with style and shopping strategies that women can use every day. Using The Curated Closet method, you’ll learn to:

  • Shop smarter and more selectively
  • Make the most of your budget
  • Master outfit formulas and color palettes
  • Tweak your wardrobe for work
  • Assess garment fit and quality like a pro
Curate a closet of fewer, better piecesIncluding useful infographics, charts, and activities, as well as beautiful fashion photography, The Curated Closet is the ultimate practical guide to authentic and unique style.



Now be honest. How many of you have a wardrobe full of clothes, but probably just wear about 20% of it? Don't be shy. OK, I admit, I'm one of those. Well, I might wear 30-40% of my wardrobe, but definitely not 100%. Why? That's because seasons change, I don't fit them anymore, trends fade or simply I thought I liked it at the store, but it didn't look good on me at home.  What I need is a curated closet that tailors to my style. Wait, look! That's what The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees is all about. 

The Curated Closet seems to have spoken directly to me as I read through the book. The tips, the reasoning and the sample ideas and formulas seems to target me. Why do I like it? Why don't I? Why won't it work?  The key is to first identify your style, and go from there.  Very informative. I especially like the sample color palettes and formulas the author included. Reading the book was easy since it made sense and it felt like she was talking to me, almost like a conversation.  However, I would say that I wish there were more photos, examples or just ideas, but I do understand why. It's about minimalist and about not clouding our own style with what the author might think is fabulous, but might not won't work on us. I get it, but still wish there was a tad bit more.  One day, I am going to take The Curated Closet and follow it step by step in overhauling my wardrobe. I believe it will take at least a day, and some extra ones to really create a curated closet. 

In all, a great resource, not just for the fashionista, but for those who wants to know, understand, and let their style speak of who they are. 



NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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Photo: © Benjamin Thies
ANUSCHKA REES is a writer and the creator of Into-Mind.com, the go-to online source for all things personal style and minimalism. She has a master’s in social psychology from the London School of Economics and has spent years studying the intricacies of human decision making, which she’s used to develop her unique system of personal style-defining techniques.

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