Monday, 7 November 2016

Book Review: The Capsule Wardrobe - 1000 Outfits from 30 Pieces by Wendy Mak

Title: The Capsule Wardrobe - 1000 Outfits from 30 Pieces
Author: Wendy Mak 

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: 3 Jan 2017
Pages: 240
Format: EBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Cluttered closets create cluttered lives. Too often we are left rummaging around an overflowing wardrobe, ironically at a loss for what to wear. However, owning a capsule wardrobe, which consists of a limited amount of clothing, will—believe it or not—set you free!The Capsule Wardrobe introduces thirty wardrobe essentials—tops, bottoms, footwear, and accessories—that will create the ultimate mix-and-match wardrobe for the working woman. Professional stylist Wendy Mak instructs readers on how to use different pieces together to achieve one thousand different unique looks from work to weekend. Learn to:

• Curate and build a true mix-and-match wardrobe
• Create unique everyday looks specific to body type
• Pick the right pieces to stretch your fashion dollar
• Transition from the office to after dark in a flash
• Reduce fashion mistakes and impulse buying
• And more!

With detailed descriptions and illustrations of each of the thirty pieces, plus a list of all one thousand outfits in a handy table,
The Capsule Wardrobe will revitalize the way you use your closet, make dressing easy and worry-free, and help you reinvent your personal style. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Capsule Wardrobe is not a book for which I'd normally have reached; however, my wardrobe is in need of an overhaul, so when I saw it on NetGalley, I thought I'd give it a try. On the whole, whether or not this book is of use may depend on your needs. For example, it focuses a bit on work attire, which is less of a thing for someone like me who currently works from home. That said, I did find some of the suggestions interesting, particularly regarding cleaning out old stuff that's outdated, no longer fits, or you only keep for sentimental reasons. In addition, several of the ideas for making simple switches to change outfits from smart to casual and vice versa were inventive. The focus on black was hard for me since I've had my colours done and black is one I should arrive. Switching to charcoal is fine, so long as you can find those items in that colour. Overall I'm giving this three stars. It was interesting and gave me some food for thought, but it would not 100% work for me personally.

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