Current Read: The Curated Closet

15 March

The Curated Closet

As I mentioned in my last post, I've recently decided that I need a complete wardrobe overhaul. I have so many clothes that I don't wear because they don't fit well/they don't make me feel confident/I bought them on a whim because, you know when you just REALLY want to buy something? I really need a nice selection of high quality (am I old now?) pieces which I can mix and match so that I don't get bored of them.

Cut to my boyfriend and I wandering around Waterstones last Sunday and a very pretty, pink and copper book catching my eye. If you know me, you'll know that I love fashion and books, so the style section of the book shop is my happy place.

Anyway, I picked up The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees, and after a quick skim of the blurb and a flick through, decided it was the book for me and merrily skipped home to read it.

Jokes. It was raining, so I trudged home, grumbling about my hair getting wet.

The Curated Closet is kind of in keeping with the minimal trend, but this isn't a book that will tell you that all you need is a pair of black trousers, a white t-shirt and a beige trenchcoat. Its philosophy is based around creating a functional wardrobe that reflects your style and makes it easy to put together an outfit that you're happy with on a daily basis.

Here are three reasons why I'm loving this book so far:

1. It recognises that not everybody wants a minimalist wardrobe of neutral colours. Having a sense of style doesn't mean the same thing to everyone, and Rees is keen to emphasise this. She puts across the message that being stylish means being comfortable and feeling confident in your clothes, rather than wearing specific items of clothing.

She also puts forward the idea that just because a certain style of clothing doesn't "flatter" (which, as she points out, usually just means make you look thinner) your body, that doesn't mean you shouldn't wear it. I'm an hourglass shape so apparently I should be wearing low necklines and pencil skirts, but you know what? I love me a high-necked smock dress, and I don't really care if it makes me look like a chubby rectangle.

2. It encourages creativity. The first thing Rees asks you to do is to record what you wear every day for two weeks, then answer a series of questions about your favourite/least favourite outfits and how they made you feel.

Then comes the fun part. You find looks that you love and put them together to create an inspiration board or collage. I did this on Pinterest, and you can take a look at my board here. Then you look to find common themes. As you can see, I'm very into feminine tops with tougher bottoms, like leather skirts or jeans, stripes, chunky boots and smart jackets.

3. It's not encouraging extremes. The Curated Closet doesn't tell you that you need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, nor does it advocate throwing out your clothes and having an extremely streamlined collection. It's about creating a collection of clothes that fit properly and make you feel amazing.

Rees acknowledges that it takes time (and money) to completely overhaul your closet, and also that expensive doesn't necessarily mean high quality. It's a refreshing outlook in a word of fast fashion and clothes hauls.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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