The Curated Closet | Shakespeare & Sparkle

Spring is definitely the season for a good ol’ wardrobe overhaul. After months of being bundled up under coats I’ve gotten quite lazy with my wardrobe. On most days you’ll find me wearing some variation of my trusty uniform of a cashmere sweater and jeans. In addition to my outfits, I’d also gotten lazy with my actual closet, and it had turned into a proper mess of heaped sweaters and jogger pants. So I was well overdue for a closet detox, and luckily I found just the book to help me tackle it.


The Curated Closet | Shakespeare & Sparkle

What’s It All About

The Curated Closet is a simple guide to building the perfect wardrobe to fit your style and life, written by the Berlin-based blogger Anuschka Rees. It’s all about discovering your personal style and building a closet that’s filled only with items you absolutely love.

First of all, this book is an absolute joy to read. It’s beautifully laid out and the whole book has a calm and cohesive colour palette of muted pinks, greys and creams. The text is so well flowing and easy to read that I found myself whizzing through the chapters. And it’s full of smart and insightful snippets. It covers everything from discovering your style to detoxing your closet, has a chapter on capsule wardrobes and even a guide for assessing the quality of clothes.

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Saying No To Cookie Cutter Closets

Finding a personal style is something I’ve always struggled with. I’ve never really felt like a stylish girl, so I’ve read all the books (and blog posts) on “the must-have closet essentials everyone should own”. So one of my favourite parts about The Curated Closet was that it’s all about finding your personal style. It acknowledges the fact that everyone’s life is different, so there is no one cookie-cutter closet that fits all. My wardrobe essentials, and even basics, can be vastly different to what you consider your wardrobe essentials.

(In case you’re wondering, mine include a cashmere v-neck, silk shirt and a flowy trench).

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My Kind of Minimalism

The Curated Closet philosophy is not about running after trends, falling for fast fashion or trying to fit into style typologies. It’s about shopping smart and having a timeless closet that has everything you need, no more, no less. Another favourite discovery in the book was the difference of minimalism as a style and minimalism as a lifestyle. While minimalism as a style is something pared down to the bare necessities, minimalism as a lifestyle is just about being more thoughtful with your choices.

Minimalism is 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.

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5 Steps for Curating Your Closet

  1. Get Inspired | First up, gather inspiration to discover what you like. I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict so I set up a board and spent an afternoon pinning up a storm. Then go through your inspiration images to identify patterns.
  2. Discover Your Style | Think about your lifestyle and what you want your clothes to say about you.
  3. Closet Detox | Go through your wardrobe and get rid of everything you don’t love. If it doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks it has no business being in your closet. One of my favourite points about this is the ‘sunk cost fallacy’. It’s basically the idea that if you paid for it, you should use it. I’ve noticed I do this a lot especially with beauty products, where I’ll force myself to finish up a product even if I don’t like it. Just chuck it.
  4. Make a Plan | Come up with a shopping list of all the things you need to make your wardrobe perfect.
  5. Shop Smart | Stick to the list! And make sure everything you buy is exactly right, and not just close enough. I also try to come up with at least three outfits with an item before taking it home.

I loved this book so much that I’ve already reread it three times. I’ve also taken The Curated Closet philosophy and applied it both to my beauty stash and my home decor. Obviously all of the parts cannot be applied to beauty or interiors, but plenty of the sections can be used to define your style in other areas of life as well.

Have you read The Curated Closet?