But if you’re looking for Rees to wave her magic wand and tell you exactly what pieces to buy and from where, you’re going to be disappointed. There’s no sign of a quick fix fashion fad diet here.
You will need weeks or even months to read Rees’ advice and work through the activities provided, such as keeping a outfit journal. You can even download the accompanying workbook to guide you through your transformation.
Rees provides a diagnostic closet flowchart at the beginning of the book to identify the areas where you may need a refresher without reading back through every chapter.
Activities like the ‘closet detox’ (page 100) and browsing magazines for style inspiration (chapter 4), which when accompanied by take-away, rosé and good company, seem like a fun way to pass time.
Features that will help you for the remainder of your garment buying days include a beginner’s guide to assessing clothing quality, which details what to look for in quality fabric, seams, tailoring, lining, and details.
An appreciation for slow fashion ties Rees’ teachings together. She advocates for carefully and consciously selecting timeless pieces that are going to last multiple seasons.