I just made room on the shelves of the Ridley High School Library for The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees! She’s got a degree in social psychology, and in this unique how-to book she pairs the science behind how we make decisions with her minimalistic approach to personal style. Whether you’re a long-time fashionista or a total beginner, this book will teach you to curate your closet, with a lot of fun and a little self-discovery along the way. The Curated Closet philosophy is simple:
- Be selective.
- Be authentic.
- Aim for quality.
- Style trumps fashion.
- Put in the work.
Using these principles as a guide, Rees provides tips, techniques, exercises, and prompts designed to help you cultivate a strong personal style and build a functional collection of clothes that allows you to express yourself. “A great wardrobe is like a well-oiled machine,” Rees writes. “Interrelated parts work together, allowing you to mix and match freely and create a ton of different outfits that all suit your personal style.” Over the course of twenty-one brief chapters (complete with beautifully stylish photographs) she addresses discovering your personal style, building your dream wardrobe, and the art of shopping. I especially enjoyed the Closet Diagnostics flowchart, which directs the reader through a series of questions toward a particular tip and/or chapter to help cure what ails your closet. The Curated Closet will be especially beneficial for any student trying to figure out what to pack for college, how to fit everything into a tiny dorm-room closet, and how to maximize a limited budget. Don’t miss Chapters 11 and 14, on outfit formulas and capsule wardrobes; the two-week outfit plan (pages 146-147) will get you through the semester in style! You can also apply Rees’ minimalist lifestyle philosophy to other aspects of your routine. Remember, it’s not about having as little as possible. It’s about owning (and doing) the things that add happiness to your life!
Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of The Curated Closet in exchange for an honest review!