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The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,238 ratings  ·  320 reviews
A brilliant and inspirational roadmap for discovering and cultivating a strong sense of personal style and building the ideal wardrobe for your lifestyle.

Many women don't know what their personal style is, don't have a wardrobe that actually matches their style or life, and don't know how to shop for a structured wardrobe of all pieces that can be worn easily and confident
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Ten Speed Press
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Anne White
"Curated" is to 2016 what "artisanal" was a few years ago. It means approximately the same thing, and that thing isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just an overused thing. The positive side of "curated" is that it implies something carefully chosen, involving individualized perception and taste; and it also assumes some kind of a "less is more" approach. All of this applies to the advice given in The Curated Closet and on the blog that preceded it, Into Mind. It is a non-multiple-choice way of ...more
Anna
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, fashion
‘The Curated Closet’ is based on a style blog called Into Mind which I've enjoyed reading. The author is preaching to the choir with me, as I already have quite an analytical approach to my wardrobe. (For example, when I got a job after finishing my PhD, I sketched out a workwear concept and did a gap analysis to see whether I could achieve it without buying more clothes.) I noticed that the book didn’t discuss sustainability to the same extent as the blog; possibly Rees is saving that for a seq ...more
Phyllis
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book seduced me with its cover design and minimalist pornography photographs of uncluttered closets and fresh faced, Madewell brand looking models wearing that one perfect blazer that goes with everything, but when I actually read it, I just realized that capsule wardrobes go against everything I stand for in terms of personal style. Also, my life is way too messy and I am way too much of a sweathog (sorry, TMI) to ever be comfortable having just five shirts in my closet. I think it's proba ...more
Pam
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took renewing this book from Overdrive 4 times to finish it because it comes with “homework” assignments to help you discover your personal style (e.g., take a photo of your outfit for 2 weeks and write down how you felt when you wore it, what you liked about it, didn’t like, etc.). The unique thing is that this book isn’t about discovering a style (e.g., classic, bohemian), but YOUR OWN STYLE. I discovered that my own style is a weird hybrid, but now I know what colors and silhouettes I am d ...more
A M
Oct 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
Found this book from an online recommendation and I guess there's no accounting for taste. Overly complicated exercises. I never followed the author's fashion blog, so I can't compare the two. How about this: wear what you like, make sure it fits and isn't worn out (try on everything in your closet), buy the best quality you can afford to fill in the gaps going forward and break your dependence on fast, cheap fashion. I've been around the block with reading fashion magazines/books and watching T ...more
Lisa Lewis
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I am something of a fashion disaster, so when this book was recommended to me by my very stylish daughter, I figured I had better read it.
In general, Rees takes fashion far more seriously than I ever will, but the process she offers in this book was still of value even for me. The focus of the book is about figuring out what your own style is, in terms of the things that you like, and then making sure that you align your wardrobe with your own tastes. And if you don't think you have your own st
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Sharyn Yenzer
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
If you are under 30, wear a size 6 and have lots of money, then this is a good book for you.
Life is Novel
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I appreciate that the message is to encourage confidence to express your personal style, but I'm a bit old for that message. I think this would be an excellent choice for a younger reader - maybe a twentysomething who is still defining herself and her style (and has the time/interest in style quizzes). The best guide I've read in years was Marie Kondo... More appropriate for my phase of life.

The models' outfits were pretty but followed one aesthetic. Surprised me that a book about defining your
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Melissa
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks, non-fiction
Teenage me would have been all over this book. Taking the quizzes, making the inspiration board, the whole nine yards. Adult me doesn't have the time or energy for any of that. Honestly, I'd rather just give the author the $1,100 she states people spend each year on clothes to go out and shop for me.

So the star rating is what teenage me would have given it. I get it, it's a fun book. Who knows, maybe when I retire (or win the lottery), I'll have enough free time that I could find all of the ste
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Kelsey
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This book would have been great for me about 2 years ago, when I was completely overhauling my closet. However, now that I have a set style, it wasn't really useful. It had pretty pictures though, and there were some activities in there that would be fun to try, like styling a "basic" outfit (think white t shirt and jeans) 6 different ways!

While this is helpful for building your dream wardrobe, I do think that Rees takes it a little bit too seriously, at least to me. Fashion, I think, is fun, an
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Nadine
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book covers finding your own personal style, how to detox your closet, how to build your wardrobe based on what type of clothes you need for your lifestyle, outfit formulas, how to shop and make the most of your budget, and how to chose items with the correct fit and quality.

My favorite section covered how to create a mood board and what to do with the mood board. I always see outfits on pinterest and blogs that I love but I never really thought what specifically about these looks that I li
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Katie Mcintyre
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book really handy! A lot of the advice here might be pretty obvious for people who have already thought carefully about their wardrobe and shopping habits, but I wasn't in that category. I honestly think it's weird that I'd only fleetingly thought about it, just considering how much money I must've spent on clothes in my life, and given I have to wear clothes everyday...gah. I'm quietly hopeful that now I'll be able to avoid buying things I never end up wearing.
Rachel Schultz
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Balanced. Excellent advice.
Anke
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finishing the book 'Minimal Fashion' today - and it was a bit underwhelming to be honest - I returned today. This was quite different. It gave strategies about how to shop, how to invest your money wisely, how to avoid buying stuff that you will never wear, how to build your wardrobe and so on and so on.
A very informative book. I'm glad I read it.
Silberschnitt
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sehr sehr hilfreich, konnte vieles aus diesem Buch mitnehmen :)
Dee
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This quick and chatty read offers a few valuable insights - you don't have to narrow your style down to labels like sporty or bohemian, and you don't always have to pay more to get higher quality. The section on accessing a garment's quality was the most helpful, and contained memorable and tangible advice that I'll take with me the next time I'm out shopping. It was also nice to know I'm not the only one who enjoys fashion but hates shopping.

There were a few helpful tips on how to deal with cr
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Becky
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty interesting, and quite in depth. Focuses less on a specific capsule wardrobe, but is pretty logical in the way it ties in finding your style and figuring out how many pieces you might need and which ones would be higher priority to buy, etc. The analytical part was cool, though I don't think I would follow the specific steps. Maybe I'm too lazy? :p

I don't know that the book was super helpful to me; I think I know what kind of styles I like. But it made me think more on the necessity of n
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Alaya
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the style book I've been waiting for. Focuses on developing personal style via a "slow fashion" approach. Perfect how-to for those like me who have style aspirations but very little "know how."
Kathryn
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Definitely written for young women and not for someone in her 60s.
Tsedai
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, sewing
The great thing about this book is that it is very general about styles of fashion, which makes it applicable to everyone. The exercises at the beginning of the book, geared toward designing a wardrobe that fits an individual's lifestyle, also seem really helpful, if somewhat time intensive. The details at the back of the book about looking for good quality pieces are also very informative. The only possible downside is that it is perhaps too general - while the author does provide some examples ...more
Michelle
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction, fashion
I like to start the New Year reading something self-help-adjacent and I heard this on the By the Book podcast and decided to pick it up because I do like clothes as well as the whole "capsule" concept. She offers some great styling advice and new ways to look at wardrobe. I didn't personally learn a lot as I already know my style and what looks I gravitate toward. I did follow her steps though, figuring I didn't need to add anything to my wardrobe, but was surprised to find there were a couple o ...more
Amanda Hunsberger
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quintessential reading on minimalism & style, the quality & capsule wardrobe. I'm not really into clothing/style, but I got a lot out of this book. It helped me accept and even love my unique style, clothing and fabric that works for me, and my color palette. A surprise favorite.
n i c o l e ☁ d
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who own a lot of clothes.
this made me realise how much of my clothes look like ass and how much of them i don't wear.
great book, liked it a lot. very interactive and has a lot of helpful tips.
Sarah Hannah
Easily the best book on style I've ever read.
Leigh Kramer
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great resource for anyone looking to refresh or redefine their wardrobe. I have a pretty good sense of my own style and what's missing in my closet but this still proved to be a helpful guide.
Annelies
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
In dit boek legt blogger Anuschka Rees haarfijn uit hoe je een garderobe kunt opbouwen die écht bij je leven past. De opdrachten helpen je om zicht te krijgen op je persoonlijke stijl en op de kledingstukken die daar bij aansluiten. Ik heb veel gehad aan haar tips en ga nu veel gerichter op zoek naar kledingstukken die echt "ik" zijn, in plaats van alleen maar leuk en mooi. Miskopen zouden nu - in theorie - verleden tijd moeten zijn!
Robert Durough, Jr.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I chose to review this book because I was looking forward to someone helping me figure out what I should really do about my thrift store wardrobe and being more selective about what goes in it. The marketing materials for this book lead me to believe it was gender neutral, which is certainly not the case, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Keep in mind that my review is intentionally from a male perspective and the book’s potential helpfulness therewith. So, The Curated Closet: A Simple ...more
Sarah
Recommended for: fashion enthusiasts or bloggers, anyone interested in changing up their closet, shoppers, big spenders, people who are suckers for sales, minimalists.

The Curated Closet was an easy, down to earth read giving practical advice for the person who wants to find their personal style or live with fewer, but more high quality and tailored-to-you pieces of clothing in their closet.

It reads like a fashion blog carefully tailored (haha, sorry, couldn’t help myself) into a book that prog
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Katie Petry
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was daunting at first because of how detailed her program is (and almost 300 pages!) but I kept reading. I'm glad did because this is the best book about fashion and building/managing your closet that I've read. I enjoyed her math-minded way of approaching things like how to have the right number of the right pieces to avoid "the laundry bottleneck". I also found her explanation and perspective on things you hear all the time like what basics are, key pieces and statement pieces as well as ...more
Therry
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The devil is in the details. What I appreciated about this book is that it provides thorough steps in the process of how to create your own curated closet. At the beginning it was rather daunting to follow along when Rees is throwing out names of fashion-forward icons (admittedly I didn't know who Carrie Bradshaw is and just Googled her) or cuts and styles of fabric. However, as she reassures that she isn't about pegging individuals into one type of style or fashion, she follows through. The beg ...more
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“Training yourself to become more selective is the single most effective thing you can do to upgrade your wardrobe. Try to think of your closet as an exclusive, members-only club. Only pieces that you love and are truly excited to wear get an invite.” 1 likes
“We buy items that we only half like because they are on sale or a “good deal.” •We wear clothes that are so uncomfortable we need to take them off as soon as we get home. •We keep items that stopped fitting years ago just in case they fit again someday. •We wear shoes that we can hardly walk in and that leave our feet covered in blisters. •We force ourselves to wear pieces that we feel only so-so about because they were expensive and we don’t want to let that “investment” go to waste. •We wear worn-out, scruffy pieces around the house and hope nobody is going to stop by unannounced. •We wear clothes that ride up and tug in all the wrong places. •We wear outfits that don’t make us feel confident or inspired because we simply don’t have anything better in our wardrobe.” 1 likes
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