Disclaimer: I received The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees c/o Blogging for Books.
Is your closet jam-packed and yet you have 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? –The Curated Closet
As an Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production alumnae I love learning more about fashion. It’s common that you’ll find me spending my free time reading fashion blogs and books, refining my own personal style, designing apparel for 1988AURELIA, and developing content for this blog.
The Curated Closet got me thinking in a way that no book has since I was in undergrad. The book’s main topics are about shopping smarter and more selectively, curating a closet of fewer, better pieces, assessing garment fit and fabrics, color palettes, and more.
Buy less, choose well, and make it last. –Vivienne Westwood as quoted in The Curated Closet
The biggest thing it had me thinking about was a topic I already love, the quality of a garment. When it comes to adding new things to your wardrobe the quality of the piece is so important. It’s not about adding lots of low-quality items that you’ll need to replace next season. It’s not about purchasing something just because it’s on-trend. It’s about adding pieces you love that will last from season to season. It’s about quality over quantity. Don’t just add an item to your wardrobe because it’s on sale. Ask yourself would you add the item to your wardrobe if it was full price? If you wouldn’t, find an item that you truly love. I will add, I buy the majority of my wardrobe on great sales, but it’s typically items I’ve been following for awhile until they go on sale.
If you are on a tight budget, that’s all the more reason to use your money well and not spread it across lots of imperfect things. Make it your mission to always find a great-quality version for each item on your shopping list. Now, that does not mean that everything you buy needs to be expensive. –The Curated Closet
Another topic that really made me think in the book was, refining your wardrobe color palette. The older I get the more I realize that the colors I love in my wardrobe are black, white, grey, dark wash denim, shades of red, royal blue, and a few shades of green, and adding a great pop of color with a fun accessory. The bold colors of my younger years, especially pink, purple, and orange just really aren’t my thing anymore and that’s okay. Learning what colors you love makes building and maintaining your wardrobe a way simpler process.
Whether you like to dress in all colors of the rainbow, prefer a chic monochrome look, or favor something in between, your color likes and dislikes are one of the most important components of your personal style. –The Curated Closet
This book receives five out of five ruby red slippers.