I have always been intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe. While different people define a “capsule wardrobe” differently, the idea of a capsule wardrobe generally works off of the premise that less is more when it comes to clothing. The idea is that, once one has identified her signature style, she can create a small, efficient collection of staple wardrobe items that coordinate well and showcase that signature style.
As I shared in my recent interview with New York City Stylist, Tiffani Rogers (LINK), in the past, I tended to “collect” clothing, rather than “curate” a wardrobe. I think that’s because I’ve not been very clear about my signature style, something which I’m determined to change. And this book, The Curated Closet, is helping me to do just that.
Author, Anuschka Rees, has devised a “simple system for discovering your personal style and building your dream wardrobe.” Rees begins the process by identifying the five core principles of her pholosophy:
- Be selective. Reserve your closet space for items you love.
- Be authentic. Forget conventional style typologies like “classic” or “bohemian” and create your own unique look.
- Aim for quality. Build a wardrobe of high quality pieces that last for years.
- Style trumps fashion: Get excited about fashion trends that suit your own style, but ignore all others.
- Invest time and thought into developing your style and selecting the perfect garments.
From there, Rees takes readers through the process, step by step. She also has a popular blog with a number of resources that complement the book.
Although I haven’t finished the entire process, I’m thoroughly enjoying the book and finding it super helpful. I’ve already developed a lot more clarity around my signature style and I’m now much better able to determine which pieces are keepers and which pieces I can let go.
If, like me, you’re interested in exploring your signature style and creating a capsule wardrobe, I highly recommend this book as a starting point…and keep your eyes peeled because a lengthier blog post on this topic is coming soon. Let’s support each other in the war against closet clutter 😉