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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 pieces
Including useful infographics, charts, and activities, as well as beautiful fashion photography, The Curated Closet is the ultimate practical guide to authentic and unique style.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Lifestyle blogger Rees’s first book, based on the blog Into Mind, is a fun and practical guide to discovering one’s personal style. The goal is for women to easily choose an outfit that they like every single morning, to wear a large portion of clothes from their closet, and to be able to dress for their own lifestyles. Focusing on what one likes to wear and what one does most often, Rees provides a variety of methods to achieve a wardrobe that works. To begin, readers are encouraged to document their own outfits for two weeks (taking a photograph every day), observing their favorite and least favorite looks, colors, fits, and garments. From there, Rees advises readers on how to revitalize their personal style and build a fully wearable wardrobe. The book uses simple but eye-opening graphics to emphasize its points, such as side-by-side pie charts comparing lifestyle to current wardrobe. Refreshing and thorough, Rees delivers a fashion-forward guide that’s awesomely sensible. (Sept.)
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Raise your hand if you’ve got overflowing drawers but nothing to wear. Or if magazine fodder about style drives you crazy. Bohemian? Preppy? Romantic? I never see myself reflected in any of these looks, and I know I’m not alone. That’s why The Curated Closet is genius: Anuschka Rees, of the style blog Into Mind, takes a different approach to helping women discover their personal style. Though hers is minimalist (not in aesthetics, but in terms of being selective), her goal is “not to build a wardrobe that is small as possible but one that is functional and personalized as possible.” Not a huge clothes hound myself, I’ve never felt so enthused to tackle a closet overhaul as I am after perusing Rees’ sections on how to discover personal style, build a dream wardrobe and learn the art of shopping. A fascinating “Closet Diagnostics” flowchart starts things off, and a latter section teaches garment assessment, led by Rees’ argument that “you don’t need a fat wallet to put together a high-quality wardrobe.” Sold.
Here’s a clever and trendy term, unknown to me until just now: “Flatpack hacks,” or the art of modifying contemporary, assemble-it-yourself furniture with creative or functional features. I Modify IKEA is here to bring out the hacker in all of us, with projects ranging from scissor-and-glue jobs to advanced projects enlisting power tools. Sometimes it’s simply about adding visual sizzle, like a wash of metallic paint, geometric patterns cut from contact paper or a charming stripe of washi tape. Often, a winning hack repurposes a piece in a genius way: a napkin holder turned wall-mounted Mail Organizer; a box of straws turned kids’ room bunting. I particularly love the wooden Decking Bathmat fashioned from “Runnen” floor tile and a Reading Bench formed from a “Kallax” shelving unit. Pick out a few favorite hacks, then get thee to Ikea!
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I was going to begin by suggesting Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women as a perfect read or gift for women entrepreneurs, artists and other makers, but this book should be owned and devoured by every woman. Bonney, founder of the site Design*Sponge, explains how her professional goals have changed and how she observed homogeneity in the typical success stories of women business owners—and knew she could do better. The result is indeed inspiring and beautiful: a collection of portraits of and interviews with more than 100 women across the country—artists, designers, media professionals, chefs, musicians, writers—who grabbed the reins and blazed a creative path. Featured women include Roxane Gay, Neko Case, Carson Ellis and Eileen Fisher, just to name a few. Bonney keeps the Q&As taut and the photos vibrant, and there are whole pages devoted to powerful pull quotes. In the Company of Women is Design*Sponge meets Interview meets Studs Terkel’s Working, and it feels essential.