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Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style Paperback – April 8, 2008
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About the Author
A former Style.com editor and fashion PR consultant, Melanie Charlton Fascitelli founded the closet design company, Closette, in 2002. The company has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Real Simple, and Marie Claire. She lives in New York City.
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Here is the synopsis of the book:
- Throw out or donate a lot of your clothes
- Make a list of every clothing item you owe (who has time for this?!)
- Go out and buy yourself a whole bunch of new clothes
- Build your own shelves to organize your closet (I, for one, cannot build my own shelves)
The book re-hashes a lot of old/stale advice such as throwing out clothes you have not worn in a year, not using wire hangers, folding sweaters, not keeping your clothes in plastic from dry cleaners, etc. There are a few useful sections, such as advice on packing for a trip, and instructions on selling old clothes on Ebay (although nowadays it's almost impossible to sell clothes on Ebay unless they're designer duds for a deep discount price), but overall, this book was a waste of my time.
Save your money and purchase Closet Control by Barbra Horowitz instead. It's far more comprehensive and covers everything this book does and so much more. I found it in a bargain bin and if I'd realized it was superior before buying Shop Your Closet, I could have saved a lot of money.
I was disappointed with the lack of creativity in the layout of the data on each page. Too much text, not enough use of dialogue boxes, or charts, or sidebars. I was hoping for more of a 'workbook' style where you could note down closet measurements, and get down to work. This was more of a book of tips. But the information provided is good, useful info, just spread a little thin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First - don't list three body types as if there are only three...not everyone is a Banana, Pear or Apple - are you kidding me?! Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Ms. Red
i'm a clothes hoarder, and i always buy new things pretty much on a weekly basis, and this book helped me figure out what i should buy and what i should get rid of. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Izzy Nolan
I wanted to re-do my closet and after reading this book and a trip to Home Depot I utilized much of the advice in it. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by J. KRINNY
Maybe I misunderstood the concept of this book but I was hoping for some insight about how to acquire a better eye towards using items in my closet, putting things together that I... Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by XYZ
If you are just beginning to try to organize your closet, this book would be fine. As others have said, it helps you get rid of what you ought to, and organize and store what is... Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by MarieCW
Although there were a couple helpful tidbits in this book, overall it was a waste of time. The advice is very basic and vaguely written--whole sections that don't really say... Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by Katrina
i had hoped for it to be a technical guide on the how to's and why's, but instead, i find Cosmo-type articles written with no apparent research or depth of experience in the field. Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by M. Alarcon
The title is misleading. The book is not about shopping your closet to create new looks with what you already have. Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by LB
Shop Your Closet is great for those who want to do it yourselves. It's not as detailed though (eg. only 2 body shapes mentioned Apple and Banana. Where's my Pear shape??? Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by N. van Laar