While waiting for the Olympics opening ceremony I thought I'd do my book review of the "15 to 50" book which really is meant for professional stylists. To tell you the truth it isn't even a book. It's 15 laminated sheets and one not laminated. You're supposed to show your client the plastic covered sheets, accompanied by an explanation. The last paper sheet gives a few keywords to help you explain things - and if you've read other style books that's also all you need to understand.
The purpose of the "book" is to explain what a capsule wardrobe is, and how it works. The photos show how just 15 items (accessories not included) can be mixed into 50 different outfits. There are examples of day to evening outfits, same item dressed up or down and why it's important that you have more tops than bottoms. It also emphasizes how vital lots of accessories are to a capsule wardrobe.
On the paper sheet everything is shortly explained. Suggestions for other colour combinations are given and a list of the accessories used in the photos.
This is all very No-nonsense, just as I like it! Words have been used economically and the photos are of a great quality. Authors are Aston + Hayes image consultants (London, UK).
What I learned from this book is that for a capsule as small as this getting the colours absolutely spot on right is crucial. Also, when there's only fifteen items to choose from everything has to fit perfectly, and with the frequent use, poor quality will soon show. On the other hand, if you only have 15 items in your closet you can probably afford to pay a bit extra!
Looking at the photos I'm impressed with the result, turning 15 items into 50 outfits - amazing! The way the "book" is presenting it, and explaining the theory is almost purely visual. Lots of other books pay far too little attention to the pictures and have way too many complicated explanations. For me this is absolutely perfect!
Have a great weekend everyone!