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

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,324 ratings  ·  532 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
Paperback, 265 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
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
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
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
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.
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
Katie J
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
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, ebooks, arc
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
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
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
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Definitely written for young women and not for someone in her 60s.
Easily the best book on style I've ever read. ...more
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
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
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
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
Tarn Wilson
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my students just did her research project on fast fashion - and the devastating environmental and social impact of quick changing fashions-and our closets stuffed full of cheap clothes, 70% of which will end up in landfills, releasing toxic gases. So the most valuable element of this book for me was just shifting mindset from fashion to style - the book asks us to define our own style, which is enduring, and to buy fewer pieces - choosing long-lasting fabrics in colors that can mix and ma ...more
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. ...more
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.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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." ...more
Rachel Schultz
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Balanced. Excellent advice.
JoAnna Darda
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book as a gentle collection of suggestions rather than follow it like a workbook. This was a helpful and timely read for two reasons. I am entering my late twenties, and I am finding that my clothing/lifestyle needs are shifting, and my body requires different fits and silhouettes than what worked in my early twenties. I am also trying to transition to wardrobe that is mostly self-sewn and/or ethically/sustainability produced. This book helpful in distinguishing what I curre ...more
Wamuyu  Thoithi
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Generally glad that I read this. I learned a few things. Pick this book up if you want some tips on crafting personal style and you have a few hours to spare.

I liked:
• the practical tips, exercises, templates etc.
• info on the psychology of shopping
• guides on how to craft ones style and build closet capsules by considering fabric, silhouette, cut, necklines, details, colour etc
• The Deep-dives on fabric, seams, alterations, tailoring, and how to know “quality” were 🙌🏾

Some criticism:
• The pho
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed this book. Rees does an excellent job bringing in context and history to explain how our relationship with clothes has changed over the years. Her research is great and her examples are wonderful. She touches on consumerism and being a more discerning shopper. The Curated Closet speaks to being intentional with what you wear and what/how/when you buy. It was great.
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. ...more
Leigh Kramer
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fashion, nonfiction
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. ...more
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ nicole ♥
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.
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
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
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fantastic. I’ve been thinking about my personal style and wondering how to go about making changes to my wardrobe, and this book provided TONS of helpful tips and information. I read the ebook version, but I think I’ll buy a hard copy to so can reference it in the future.
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Anuschka Rees is a writer, ex-serial-dieter, and former beauty-fanatic. Despite growing up in the era of female empowerment and body positivity, she spent much of her twenties trying to fix yet another imagined “flaw,” researching diets, and comparing herself to attractive people on Instagram. Eventually she decided to put her INTJ mind to good use and see if she could find concrete, applicable ad ...more

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