Let's shop in our own closet

How to build a capsule wardrobe and find your style.

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Pub Date 22 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 22 Jan 2023

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There may be a great many reasons for the wardrobe problem, but this is what the symptoms look like:       Torture. Every time you are invited to go out there it is. You are tormented by trying to build a look and the result is that you wear the same look over and over again.

The change of seasons may be quite an agony for some people too. It’s because you have just managed and adapted to one, just barely put together a couple of looks and wham! Here comes spring. You’ve nothing against spring; you were even waiting for it. But now you have to go through the whole painful process again and come up with some new outfits.

All in all, your closet is full and happy and you feel lonely. The time spent by the closet irritates you. You are one of those people who want to spend their brainpower on cryptos or on planting roses, while looking first-rate. You've become environmentally concerned.

The army of planet-defenders is your best friend. You are top-rate at clearing, but have no idea what to do with emptiness. Somewhere deep down, you feel that it is much more convenient not to change anything; it is easier to simply complain and leave everything as it is.

So you are in denial and your brain conveniently provides a very convincing idea that “you can’t solve the wardrobe problem without $.”

You are shy, thinking that style is only for the slim and fit to make them even more perfect. These are in a minority.

The rest of us realize that style is a friend of regular women who laugh a lot and are dappled with expression lines; who swell up in the mornings and see red streaks on their face; who have no stamina for a healthy diet, lymphatic drainage exercises or jogging.

You may be spontaneous. It seems you had a list when you started shopping, but, somehow or other, it just got away from you.

What you’d really like is a wardrobe that is pretty and small. Personally, I was close to problems # 1 and 6. Shopping did not produce beauty for me and I kept doing it over and over. I kept hitting the same button, so the money just kept pouring away.

The best thing was – I did not give up! I kept running after yet another top, even though the result was exactly nil. Yes, most people do just that. Chaos in the closet is the spring board to good appearance.

The closet disappoints, but it also gets the person ready for the idea that you really do have to study the laws of style. It is hard, it’s almost unbearable, but it’s got to be done.

There are classes. Even though, in the end, they scare you off even worse. After all, they make you rob yourself of an enormous amount of time, and not just yourself, but your family and all the things you love to do.

That is why, sometimes, you can trust someone else. Me, for example. You don’t know me; it is unclear why you should pay me, but I have studied all aspects of fighting chaos in the closet for nine years. I worked out all the ins and outs of taming an unruly wardrobe and now I inspire people to build capsules.

Going to a stylist is a good solution, but it’s like tossing a coin: you might become prettier or just poorer; will your tastes be compatible?

Investing in your own knowledge, on the other hand, is forever. So, those of you who want to solve their wardrobe problem – just keep reading.

First, let me tell you a truth. Solving the wardrobe problem requires some minimal strategy at the very beginning. It’s not hard; it’s actually fun. You have to decide, right now, to become stylish.

Your first investment is a few dollars you paid for this book. That’s all, for now. You key tools in conquering the world are YOU and your closet.

We’ll analyze your wardrobe to the fullest extent, so that every element works to give you beauty and good vibes. Now, it’s time to be surprised.

The first stage in preparing to be stylish is over. My dear ladies, this is where the fun begins!

There may be a great many reasons for the wardrobe problem, but this is what the symptoms look like: Torture. Every time you are invited to go out there it is. You are tormented by trying to...

Advance Praise

I am into fashion and style and I must say this book is one of the best books in its field! It does answer the question "How to build a capsule wardrobe".

The concept of a basic wardrobe is transformational! That was not the only discovery I made. Wonderful, engaging and practical guide, I’m loving it.

Highly recommend it for anyone who feels stuck in a rut with their wardrobe. Very useful, full of humor and easy to read.

Five stars.

I am into fashion and style and I must say this book is one of the best books in its field! It does answer the question "How to build a capsule wardrobe".

The concept of a basic wardrobe is...

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Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!
At first I thought this is more of an brochure or rather than a book due to the size, but after staring to read I was captivated, fascinated and loved it.
I love how easy to read it is, how funny it is and how the information is structured.
This book made me curios, made me laugh and seriously think of the clothes I keep in my closed.
I wanted to do a declutter for so long, and I always found a reason to delay it, still not started but I re-ordered some of my clothes so that they resample to a mini capsule for the winter season and will give it a try, I made a list of what I am missing and asked my husband to get me some of these as a present for Christmas :D
I liked the examples from the pictures and I wound have minded to see more picture examples.
Dear Alaya Aifel, I want to read more of your books, your style is captivating and I think even if you mentioned there are enough book on style I would love to read another book written by you (and more pictures please:) )
I have also raised a request for this book to be added on Goodreads so I can add my review there too.

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I had never heard of the term "capsule wardrobe" until I started to read this book, but oh my goodness, what an insight into how I buy clothes!!! This book really made me stop and think.

I thought the book was written with a great deal of skill, and it really helped explain things very clearly. The author also adds a touch of humour to this book which made me smile on more than one occasion.

For those interested in saving money on their clothes, or just want to get a bit more organised then you have to read this book. I think it is going to save me a lot of money in the future as I embark on creating my own capsule wardrobe. I highly recommend this book.

•I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.

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This is the kind of random content I like to read. I have loved the fashion subject for years since I was a kid (almost went to college for study that) and it was great to know deeper about how to build a smart and efficient wardrobe without losing the style and fashion trends. I liked a lot the tips and suggestions made by the author. Approved.

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The book is organized into two parts, the first one gives 15 steps with tasks to examine your wardrobe and all the clothing you have. The second part gives in 4 chapters insights on how to find your own style.
There is plenty of good and actionable advice to get a handle on your wardrobe and create your style resulting in a functional capsule wardrobe.
The writing tries to be humourous and casual which is not always to my liking.

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The only thing that would have improved this book was more illustrations and a few colour photos. As is it is a thoroughly sensible book, just needed something to break up the text a bit. It makes so much sense to 'shop" this way , I actually found a lot more than I would have thought.

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The title, "Let's shop in our own closet", speaks for itself. This book is about just that, finding the niche style that your closet is telling you to harness and latch onto. Told with a gentle, guiding voice, this book is useful for anyone who feels that their overflowing closet and dressers are telling them that a capsule wardrobe is hidden among all the possible personalities you have sampled in the past, you just need to dig through and find it.

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This book is an interesting concept, especially with the cost of living crisis and people having less money for clothing and the current trends.

The author talks you through what's in your closet now and how we find our personal style. You are guided to build a wardrobe that works for you and will last , without breaking the bank.

Reading the book is like having a friend guiding you through the process. Lots of practical advice included.

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Somewhat to my surprise I found this to be very good. I'm not the organizing a wardrobe type, and didn't have high hopes, but liked the concept of not just buying more of the same.
It had some sensible and thoughtful suggestions of what works with what and what for which body type, and made me think not just about making space in my wardrobe but also about what to wear and what suits. Not preachy and mercifully not unduly long. Definitely worth reading, maybe considering a few chapters at a time. It is rather American centric, but it's the concepts that matter not the detail of pants versus trousers and Uk vs American. brands. For it's type great.

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