A year ago I had a bit of a fashion identity crisis. Growing up, I felt like I had quite an individual style, but as I’ve got older a uniform of skinny jeans and a jumper seems to have taken over my life. I’m sure many people who work from home feel the same way. What’s the point in wearing a faux leather skirt and heels to sit in a home office all day?
I bought The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees in a bid to discover my personal style and – as it says on the front – build my dream wardrobe.
Where should I read it?
Read this book at home. It’s very practical so you need to have your wardrobe and the contents in clear view. It starts with a two-week development of your ‘style profile’ whereby you spend two weeks writing down what you wear everyday, so be prepared for that. You can’t really start the book until you’ve completed this task.
It touches on how to put together a capsule wardrobe. It’s also a good idea to have access to the internet so you can begin to build your ‘style file’ on Pinterest. For reference, here’s mine.
It’s a very hands-on book. It’s almost like learning a new skill, so you will need to be able to put it down, assess your wardrobe, or go shopping, or look online and then pick it back up again. Knowing what to wear and how to wear it is quite an art, it seems.
Is it for me?
You have to have some interest in fashion to appreciate it, but you don’t have to be a seasoned fashionista to get something from it. I’d recommend buying this if you, like me, are having a bit of a style-crisis. If you’re not quite sure what to wear, what to pair it with, how to accessorise and how to put it all together, it’s great.
I wanted to find out more about the types of clothes that work for my body shape and the answer to the age-old question; when I go shopping, do I opt for quality or quantity? I did get the answers I was looking for.
My wardrobe has improved as a result. I didn’t end up spending a fortune, but instead fell back in love with some of the things I hadn’t worn in a while because I realised how to wear them better.
What will I get out of it?
You’ll learn a lot about your style and the types of outfits you need to have in your wardrobe. For example; if you work from home like me, quality loungewear will be a wardrobe must-have. If you work in an office and are required to wear a suit everyday, then you’ll learn which suits suit you.
As ever, please send over your book recommendations. I will try to put a new post up once per week, so I’ll need plenty to keep me going!