How many times have we stared at our closets and said, “I have nothing to wear”? Berlin-based writer Anuschka Rees, the beauty and brains behind The Curated Closet, is here to help us sift through our proverbial — and perhaps literal — clutter to find our own personal style. As we try to uncover who we are underneath the trends and the bargains, we are also treated to a peek at the different sides of Anuschka, from stylist to writer to reader.
FULLY BOOKED: What sparked you to create the Curated Closet philosophy?
ANUSCHKA REES:A few years ago I was living in London and was a huge shopaholic. I was also on a student budget and so to satisfy my shopping urges I would spread my money across as many different low-quality pieces and bargains as possible. In the end I had a huge wardrobe, but it only consisted of cheap, trendy pieces that didn’t fit together, and hardly anything that I really loved and that worked for my life. That’s when I started looking for a different approach…
Your Closet Diagnostics is an easy but thorough way of knowing what kind of help your readers actually need. Can you describe your process in creating this process?
The Closet Diagnostics flow chart is the result of years of helping women (and some men too) be more content with their closets, through my blog and face-to-face. We all deal with the same type of problems: our clothes don’t fit right, they no longer reflect our style, and so on. Your own situation may be a combination of different things, but with the closet diagnostics chart I wanted to create something that would point women to the major issue, the one thing that needs to be dealt with first, and which will make everything else all that much easier.
You mentioned that don’t believe in cookie-cutter styles because everyone is unique, and fashion is a way of showing this uniqueness. What items in your closet best reflects you?
A vintage white linen skirt with floral embroidery. I like anything that is colourful and happy.
What is the one thing in your closet that you can never let go of?
Honestly, I don’t have that problem anymore. If anything, I sometimes think twice about giving away things that are very versatile, like a pair of jeans. But then I remind myself that just because I am not a fan of that pair of jeans, doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. So I find a new home for it.
Did you have anything before that was the hardest to give up?
I used to have trouble with certain “sentimental items”, i.e. things that reminded me of a happy time in my life, but that I no longer wear. Nowadays, I simply move those items outside of my closet and store them somewhere else, because I really want to reserve my closet for pieces that are an active part of my wardrobe.
Let’s move from Anuschka the stylist to Anuschka the writer. What made you decide to be a writer?
I’ve always loved writing and making things, but my blog was the catalyst. It made me realise just how much I love the autonomy and creative freedom you have when creating a written piece. Plus, I just love books and reading, and I really can’t think of a better way to spend my day.
What was the first piece you’ve ever written?
Oh wow, I don’t know! I have been writing ever since I can remember. I was the type of kid that would write/draw/scribble stories instead of play with dolls or lego in kindergarten. I guess the first piece of “published” writing was for a school newspaper, but I really don’t remember what it was about, sorry!
If not fashion and writing, what kind of career would you have pursued instead?
I would definitely want to work in book publishing in some form, it’s a fascinating world. Perhaps as an editor for non-fiction books, or maybe even as an art director for a publishing house.
Are you currently reading anything? What’s your favorite book?
I am always reading something, usually several things actually. Right now I’m loving Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and The Girls by Emma Cline. I can’t say what my all-time favourite book is (that would be like picking a favourite child), but I can say what my favourite recent book is: Quiet by Susan Cain. I am definitely an introvert, and like most introverts I have always thought of that as a major handicap, but after reading Quiet I can now appreciate my introversion as just my natural personality that comes with lots of upsides as well.
Thank you so much, Anuschka! Before we let you go, we need to prove that you are, indeed, human. Can you please take a photo for us right now?
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