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I got the chance to read it, and it’s the handbook to discovering your personal style, building your dream wardrobe, and shopping well.
Anuschka’s tone is especially refreshing. She’s detailed and thorough, and relaxed and fun. Her vibe throughout the book reminds us that we aren’t just this or that — we’re a little bit of both and we should celebrate that.
Here’s a little sneak peek of her book, including four of my favorite quotes from The Curated Closet and what I learned from each one.
1 / Minimalism isn’t a numbers game
“Minimalism isn’t a numbers game. It’s not about owning or doing as little as possible. It’s about owning and doing the right things, things that add value to your life. Minimalism is all about that little bit of extra intention and making conscious choices.”
It’s funny, I used to be all about the numbers. Does the number 37 ring a bell? :)
For a while, limiting my closet to a specific number was helpful and healthy. I think it can be a good starting point for anyone.
But the heart of minimalism isn’t about numbers. It’s about shedding the things that don’t enrich our lives to make space for the things that do.
2 / Being fashionable is optional
“One of my biggest style related pet peeves is the idea of “keeping up with fashion.”
It suggests that the key to dressing well is following the rules and wearing whichever trends and must-haves the fashion world is prescribing that season, regardless of whether we actually like them or not.
But here’s what I’ve learned: Being fashionable is totally optional.”
It’s optional. Doesn’t that make you want to breathe a sigh of relief?
Then, Anuschka goes on to give us a real world example by comparing fashion and music:
“You wouldn’t make yourself listen to songs all day just because they are at the top of the charts right now or because a “hip” person told you to, right? Of course not; you listen to music that you like. And that’s exactly what it should be like with fashion as well.”
As a person who claims “making playlists” as one of my hobbies, this idea instantly clicked with me.
I listen to music I like. Sometimes it’s on the top 100 chats (Taylor Swift and Drake), sometimes it’s way off the beaten path (Purity Ring and Phaeleh), sometimes it’s from another era (James Taylor and Cat Stevens), and sometimes it’s kind of embarrassing (can I just leave this one blank?).
But, no matter what, I always listen to music that brings me joy, whether it’s in or not.
I like the idea of approaching my closet with the same attitude.
3 / Like everything in life, styling takes practice
“Anyone can learn to [style] and you don’t have to be born with a natural talent for it. But you also cannot expect to be great at styling without putting in any effort at all. It takes time to figure out which types of pieces work best for your lifestyle and to curate a versatile wardrobe.”
Like I mentioned in my Fall Style Series post, I’m living this out right now. Cold weather dressing doesn’t come easily to me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get better with a little practice.
4 / Keep evolving
“Here’s the thing: Not even the most carefully curated wardrobe is ever 100 percent done. Your life isn’t static, and neither is your personal style. A great closet is one that can grow and evolve alongside you, your style, and your life.”
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The Curated Closet is full of gems, like how to make the most of your budget, how to shop consciously, and how to assess the quality of a garment.
There’s also a cheat sheet of questions to help you figure out when to buy and when to keep looking — I’ve referred back to it many times as I’m getting ready to make some fall purchases.
Your turn! These quotes get my juices flowing, so let’s talk: If you’re into minimalism, what does it look like in your own life? Has your definition of minimalism changed over time? Did that fashion/music comparison blow your mind, too? Do you have any practical tips on letting your closet evolve over time?
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01 | Vest (old) | similar
02 | Black tank (old) | similar (made in USA)
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(Quotes reprinted from THE CURATED CLOSET Copyright (c) 2016 by Anuschka Rees. To be published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, on September 20.)