The Curated Closet: A Chic Book Review

In your own fashion world, you make and break the rules. Don’t we all? While I am set and content with my own style, I was curious about the solution to an age old problem of having a closet full of clothes yet not having anything to wear. I don’t know of any woman who couldn’t somehow relate so when I saw The Curated Closet pitched to address this, it piqued my interest. I rarely ever abide by any stylist tips since I am a firm believer that style is very personal and I certainly don’t want to taint my own with someone else’s. Should that be the case, it would no longer be my own, would it? Even with that being said, it doesn’t mean I’m not open to what one has to say regarding fine tuning.

What I find most interesting and helpful is the flow chart found at the beginning of the book which addresses every woman’s dilemma which I have mentioned above. I succumb to impulse buying (which she addresses in the book) more than I would care to admit and since I don’t have a fashion inclined bff that I can be accountable to who can tell me the cold hard truth, I needed to read this book and be able to go through an introspective process, in a manner of speaking. Aside from that, the closet detox chart should prove helpful for a recovering impulse buyer like myself. Though I have been good at curbing it for some time now, it’s always good be prepared once the urge strikes. I really like the various charts she has all throughout the book.

The author has five key principles in fashioning a curated closet, four of which I actively do already. In one of them she mentions, “Forget conventional style typologies like ‘classic’ or ‘bohemian’…” but little does she know you can take the Boho clothes off but you can’t remove the Bohemian state of mind. If I follow her advice, to scratch off the classics and toss off my own leanings to the Boho look way before the newbies in Hollywood made it into a trend, it would lead me to follow trends which I don’t like doing. I personally would forgo this advice so that I can stay true to myself but then she does encourage to go with what works for you and that most certainly works for me.

Chic, fun, and an interesting perspective, this book is pretty comprehensive. There are 21 chapters divided into four parts which covers the basics, discovering your personal style, building your dream wardrobe and the art of shopping. She has an entire chapter which deals with color palettes. I lean to subdued colors, dusty pink, tan, taupe and colors monochromatic to what I’ve just mentioned and the minimalist palette. I appreciate the chapter addressing how to find clothes that fit like it’s tailored for you. I happen to have the problem of buying clothes and feeling like I have to tweak it to my own specifications almost ALL the time which can be a curse.

It’s comforting to know that ultimately, style is relative. From the looks of it, the author likes moto jackets since I see it on the cover and other pictures in the book, but you will never catch me wearing one unless there’s nothing else because I don’t like them, period. No stylist will ever convince me to wear one no matter what fashion degree they might have or how much they seem to know what they’re talking about. I’m sure some people will consider some articles of clothing I personally like to be ugly as well, which doesn’t bother me one bit and THAT IS the meat of this book, to tailor your own unique style and keep your closet space reserved only for items you truly love.

[This is my unadulterated review for a complimentary copy of the aforementioned book which I received from Blogging for Books ]