My video review of ‘The Curated Closet’ by Anuschka Rees of the blog ‘Into-Mind’ is coming out on Saturday, so you might say that there isn’t much of a point to this blog post. Well. As someone that has already watched my video, I can tell you that basically all that I say is that it’s truly magical, and try to find the words to express how much I love it. So, I thought that writing this blog post with some concrete points would be a good idea – and the best way to kick off my Curated Closet blog series! Also, I just want to say now that this isn’t sponsored in any way, shape or form. I’d forgive you for thinking that it was because of how overzealous I am, but trust me, it isn’t!
If you aren’t able to tell by what I’ve written already, I absolutely loved this book, and think that it is the style handbook. I’d never read Anuschka’s blog before, so it isn’t necessary for you to already be a fan of hers before picking this up, and nor does she reference posts from her blog – this is a total standalone.
Her writing style is fab – obviously, she’s had some experience after having written a blog for ages, but I think that she writes how she talks (does that make sense?) which means that her tone is relaxing without being waffly. At no point was I confused about what she meant or needed to actively concentrate for it to make sense.
In my video, I talk a lot on the subject of ‘making all of the items in your wardrobe go together’. I wanted to address now that having a wardrobe where everything goes together is not the focus of the book. It’s just a part of it that really resonated with me and is one that I want to practice more. The focus of the book is really just having a practical wardrobe that is appropriate for your day to day lifestyle, and is filled with clothes that you absolutely love and are comfortable in. Anuschka mentions early on that she doesn’t like fashion rules that dictate what silhouettes work for your body and which colours work for your skin tone, and at no point does she tell you what to wear. In fact, she says that ‘being fashionable is totally optional’ and that ‘One of [her] biggest style related pet peeves is the idea of “keeping up with fashion”‘ the idea is that you find your own style that you love on yourself, regardless of whether it happens to be exactly the same as the latest trends, or is massive Elizabethan ballgowns. Which is what makes the book applicable to absolutely everyone – I love bright clothes and bold patterns, but someone who has a monochromatic-only androgynous style could read it too and get as much help from it as I did.
In my blog series, I’m going to be showing you how I, personally, am working through the book, and will document my progress as I go along. Of course, I won’t be sharing many, if any, parts of the book because it’s paid for and. to be honest, I want you to buy it yourselves, but I’m going to be applying the tips to sewing and a handmade wardrobe – so if you want to borrow the book from a friend or from the library, or buy it from Amazon (where it is currently on sale) you can read along with me and see how I’ve applied it to sewing so that you can do the same!
I know that I haven’t mentioned anything that I haven’t liked about the book (and it’s genuinely because there wasn’t anything I didn’t like), so I thought I’d include links to some other reviews, just so that you can read them a well and make your own judgement on whether you want to buy it (you should). I’ve included Amazon and Goodreads on here too so that you can see if there are any bad ones!