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The Capsule Wardrobe – 1,000 Outfits From 30 Pieces

Available now from all good book stores or online

18406128968_e03d83529b_mLove the thought of having a small range of basics that you can effortlessly style into literally hundreds of timeless outfits?

 

If you’re tired of a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes that you never wear and you’re READY to embrace a smaller, clutter-free wardrobe, The Capsule Wardrobe is the book for you!

 

Learn how to create more than 1,000 outfits from just 30 pieces (and that includes shoes and bags!!).

 

Make every piece in your wardrobe count. Learn how to spend less, and wear MORE!

Create 1000 outfits from 30 basics

The Capsule Wardrobe is based on my tried-and-tested mix-and-match technique that I’ve used with thousands of clients during my career as a professional fashion stylist.

 

The key to any capsule wardrobe is balance – the right mix of everyday basics in classic styles and colours, sprinkled with just enough pops of colour and trend pieces.

Let me show you the ONLY 30 pieces you ever need to own to create 1000 outfits!

 

Make dressing everyday a cinch, not a chore

Inside the terrific 30Outlined in full colour illustrations, these 30 hand picked essentials are all you’ll ever need to create your ultimate capsule wardrobe.

 

Plus, the book includes a full list with every single one of the 1,000 outfit combinations created from these 30 items in a handy reference table. Just pick an outfit from the table in the book and you’re good to go!

 

From office to weekend, winter to summer, this wardrobe has you covered with outfits for work, having fun in the park with your kids, dinner with friends, shopping with the gals and even after-5 events!

 

These 30 basics will take you from desk to dazzling, in a flash!

 

Inside the book

Rich, full colour illustrations detailing:

– each of the 30 essential pieces you need with details on style, shape & colour

– alternate shapes / styles for different body shapes

– examples outfits you can create with your 30 essentials

Plus a COMPLETE table with all 1000 outfit combinations!

 

And I share my styling secrets so you can:

– avoid over- buying and over-spending

– simplify your life with a smaller, more effective wardrobe

– learn the 3 simple keys to mix-and-match

– streamline your wardrobe to reduce clutter in your closet (and your life!)

– wear more, with less in your wardrobe!

 

Reduce fashion mistakes, declutter your wardrobe + declutter your life!

 

 

You can also find The Capsule Wardrobe at Barnes & Noble, Kinokuniya, Book Depository or ask for it at your local book store!

 

 

You can also find The Capsule Wardrobe at Dymocks, Big W, MyerBooktopia, Kinokuniya, Target, David Jones & other good book stores!

 

 

View Wendy’s video below for a sneak peek inside the book

 

Reviews

Your book is an invaluable reference to those women (who much like me) struggle to put outfits together and who need that extra help. It is a book that all women should add to their style book collection and it will be the most used book now and in years from now guaranteed.
Deborah

I love your new book! it all makes so much sense to me. I read it in one afternoon (today) and will take on board all of the fantastic information, a great clear, concise and wonderfully illustrated book. I would highly recommend it!!
Julie

Thank you so much, your book is fabulous. You are truly talented and have such a relaxed way about you. Not a bit pretentious. Keep up the great work, as you are helping so many women of all ages.
Rana

I just got your book for my birthday on Thursday (as requested to hubby) and wanted to say a big thanks! I read it within the day, and applied the principles today, with what I had on hand in my wardrobe – and one of the Mums at my daughter’s netball told me how impressed she was with how “put together” I looked! Score one for the Terrific Thirty!
Nicole

Got the book and read it all!! It’s very practical and so well written, you made it nice and quirky very fresh and modern. Love it.
Shasta

You can also find The Capsule Wardrobe at Barnes & Noble, Kinokuniya, Book Depository or ask for it at your local book store!

 

You can also find The Capsule Wardrobe at Dymocks, Big W, MyerBooktopia, Kinokuniya, Target, David Jones & other good book stores!

 

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61 thoughts on “Read

  1. camille

    Also, Im having trouble with understanding the taupe and stone colours. I went shopping today and can’t find these hues, probably because it is winter. Can you please suggest what shop has these colours?

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Camille, so glad you are enjoying the book! Stone is a lighter colour than taupe – it’s almost the colour of light sand but taupe is a little darker. And yes you are correct, these are colours that are hard to find in winter so hang tight till summer! In terms of the jackets this is one example – there are others of course but this should give you an idea outside of the one described / illustrated in the book http://www.jeanswest.com.au/womens/jackets/beth-water-resistant-jacket.html

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      1. Camille

        Cool, thanks Wendy. I found some great tops like the ones you suggested at Kookai today.

        You should do a Terrific 30 list for men too. I’m cleaning out my boyfriend’s wardrobe tomorrow. Can’t wait!

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  2. victoria

    Hi Wendy,

    I’ve heard great things about your book, but as a plus sized woman who finds purchasing clothing a challenge, is any of your content specific or relevant for me?

    Kind regards
    Victoria

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Victoria thanks for your comment and kind words, I think you will still find the book useful in terms of the underlying principles ie how to select clothes for colour and the mix of classics vs trend pieces that you need. For the actual items themselves you may need to adapt some of the pieces but I think overall the concept applies as a principle (picking the right pieces to mix and match ) no matter what your shape! Hope that helps!

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  3. Christine

    Hi Wendy,

    I love your book! You mentioned if you don’t like or can’t wear black then to use charcoal or grey. Would I buy black shoes and tote to wear with the charcoal/grey? Or do I buy metallic silver or gray shoes and tote?

    Thank you,
    Christine

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Christine – thanks for connecting and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I personally don’t like it when things are too coordinated so I’d go for the black accessories and shoes (black works perfectly with grey)! That would be my suggestion!!! xx

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  4. Georgina

    Hi Wendy,
    Love the book; it’s exactly what I have been searching for – for YEARS! One question though. I wear a uniform for work and do not need some of the work appropriate looks – do you have any advice for buying pieces that will still be versatile but will fit a more casual lifestyle?

    Thank you ,
    Georgina

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Georgina – thanks for reading and so glad you like the book!!! To answer your question, you can have a lot of fun here because you can allocate a lot more of the 30 pieces towards weekend / casual wear. So don’t worry about some of the work related items in the book and replace them with a few more tops, couple more casual bottoms and some extra pairs of shoes – this way you get to build in more variety (and additional colours!!!) to play with. Hope that helps! Cheers

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  5. Cynthia

    I loved your book! Thanks for the great advice!
    You give some alternate colors to taupe and stone. I wonder if white would be ok
    Any reason why I should not build around white? It looks great with black

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hey Cynthia – thanks so much for the great feedback! No, you can definitely choose white. It was probably more of a practicality thing with not many women being game enough to use white as a staple as it might get dirty quite quickly but I love it! So yes you can definitely swap out with white. Thanks for reading and connecting!

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  6. Vickie

    Hi- I am enjoying your book & read that you have suggestions for a non-office lifestyle. That’s my life! I have been retired & live in a climate where I actually get the privilege of experiencing the weather from all four of our seasons. How do I get that excerpt?

    Thank you!

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hey Vickie, we’re just working on the excerpt now as we are getting a whole new website built for the book – so hang tight and I’ll definitely let you know when you can download that!! Thank you for reading!!! xxx

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  7. Tressa

    How can I obtain a hard copy of your book? I bought the kindle version but I want the actual book;very interesting book.

    Thanks! Tressa

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Tressa! Thanks so much for connecting and so glad you’re enjoying the book! I’ll drop you a message but if you’re in the US unfortunately I don’t have a publisher there for hardcopies for I’m working on it! 🙂 Thanks so much xx

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      1. Susan

        Hi Wendy!
        I’m another fan who would love to have a hard copy of the book here in the U.S., as well. Would it be possible to order one from you and pay for shipping?
        Thank you!
        Susan

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        1. Noelene Morran

          Hi Wendy, I just love your book and have just read the kindle version. However I am finding it extremely difficult to read the spread sheets and would like to purchase a hard copy of the book. I live in Australia so if you could please let me know where I can get one that would be very much appreciated. Thanks and I have now got some inspiration to clean out and update my very tired and daggy wardrobe!!

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          1. Team Wendy Mak

            Hi Noelene, firstly please accept our apologies for the long delay in the reply to your comment on our blog. We actually have been spending all this time trying to find a solution for our readers who wanted a printed version of the book and we’re pleased to say we finally have one!!!!

            I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors! Thank you again!

        2. Team Wendy Mak

          Hi Susan, Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors! Thank you again!

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    2. Team Wendy Mak

      Hi Tressa,
      Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors!

      Thank you for your patience and happy reading!

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  8. Carole

    Hello
    Can’t print out the spreadsheet
    Can I buy this book in print and if so where in NSw australia
    Thanks carole

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    1. Team Wendy Mak

      Hi Carole, Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors!
      Thank you for your patience and happy reading!

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  9. Elizabeth Dowd

    Hi Wendy,
    I too would like a hard copy of your book. I live in Ireland.Could you ship me a copy? I can pay via Visa Debit or Paypal.
    I have the Kindle but find it difficult to read and it’s only a black and white kindle, so I miss out on the colour.
    I am enjoying the content of your book very much, but would do so far more in hard copy!
    Your Youtube films are so good. They are the first one’s I have found where the whole thing is so professional and the dialogue so crisp and free from the usual ‘hums and haws.’ Congratulations !
    Best regards
    Elizabeth

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    1. Team Wendy Mak

      Hi Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors! Thank you again!

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  10. Angela

    Hi Wendy,
    I meet you at the Vitality show this year and got to purchase a hard copy from you. It is such a fabulous read that I’d love to get another hardcopy for a friend here in Australia. How can I do this?
    Thanks,
    Angela

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  11. Jenny

    Hi Wendy, I have the kindle version of your book ‘the Terrific Thirty’ and was wondering if it is possible to get a hardcopy of the clothing spreadsheet which will be the last stage of my wardrobe decluttering. I have been getting my wardrobe together bit by bit only need to add a stone coloured skirt, jacket & pants to it – which i hope to get made next year in Bali.
    thank you
    Virginia

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  12. Vanessa Cresswell

    Dear Wendy
    I live in England and would love to purchase a hard copy of your book please if possible?
    Yours hopefully Vanessa

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    1. Team Wendy Mak

      Hi Vanessa, Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors! Thank you again!

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  13. Anne Marie Shorter

    I want The terrific thirty book as a book itself as I have an andriod phone and I do not possess a kindle. I do not like kindle I prefer the book itself in the flesh so to speak. Thankyou for tsking the time to read this.

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    1. Team Wendy Mak

      Hi Anne, Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors! Thank you again!

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  14. Debbie

    Dear Wendy, I also have the Kindle version of your book (in black and white) and would love to buy a hard copy edition. I would be grateful if you could let me know where I can purchase one in Australia.
    Cheers Debbie

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    1. Team Wendy Mak

      Hi Debbie, firstly please accept our apologies for the long delay in the reply to your comment on our blog. We actually have been spending all this time trying to find a solution for our readers who wanted a printed version of the book and we’re pleased to say we finally have one!!!!

      I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors! Thank you again!

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  15. Tami O'Brien

    I just learned of your book. I have done some looking into capsule wardrobes but, I find they are more for “career Gals”. I am semi retired and when I do go into work it’s very casual (means & t-shirts). While I don’t want to look like a frump, I also don’t want to be in a skirt & jacket either. Recommendations?

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  16. Paula

    Hi Wendy,

    I also have the Kindle version of your book and have been searching for a hard copy edition. Please let me know where I can get it from!

    Thanks, Paula

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    1. Team Wendy Mak

      Hi Paula, firstly please accept our apologies for the long delay in the reply to your comment on our blog. We actually have been spending all this time trying to find a solution for our readers who wanted a printed version of the book and we’re pleased to say we finally have one!!!!

      Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors!
      Thank you for your patience and happy reading!

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  17. Nanatrish

    Dear Wendy, Read the reviews on your book and loaded it into the Cloud to read on my Tablet Kindle on a flight to Melbourne . This gave it to me in colour which was even more inspiring. Finished the read and starting planning on my tablet and had my whole wardrobe worked out with a shopping plan for when I had some free time in Melbourne.

    I am in transition, retiring in 3 months from a corporate environment and moving to a much more casual beach town and lifestyle. Your book helped me to plan for the remaining time at work (winter) and for retirement. Much of my current wardrobe is too “business” for my planned new lifestyle but your suggestions allowed me to see how I could transition some of these items and what to purchase to for my new lifestyle. I am a classic chic personality and wondered how I could work this into the much more casual life I would be living. Your book made it easy to plan for this. The chapter on wardrobe reality was a great help and I reversed the work and casual balances to suit the new life. Won’t have the budget to buy clothes like I used too.
    Although I can and have worn a lot of black, now in my 60s this colour is too harsh on me and most greys wash me out. I have moved to navy, wine and white as my new neutrals. They look great with my white hair.
    Would love to see some ideas for seasonal updates on your blog.
    Only negative was that I could not access www. terrificthirty.com.au. on any device. It just would not load.

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  18. Wendy

    hi,
    Live in the UK and wish to buy hard copy of book following Kindle purchase. Please advise.
    Have Paypal account if helpful
    Kind regards, Wendy
    Another one!

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  19. Kathie

    Hi Wendy,
    I have the Kindle version of your book too and would like to purchase a hardcopy; however, I suggest to send a copy of the 1000 chart to us by ways of email since we can’t read the chart on the Kindle. This is just a thought. I love your book. I’m 63 and will be retiring soon and minimizing my wardrobe is exactly what I was seeking. Your plan works for any age whether you’re in the workforce, or a homebody (mum, retiree). I will use every idea in your book. Thanks so much. Also, a great website would be wonderful.

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  20. Team Wendy Mak

    Hi Minette, Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors!
    Thank you for your patience and happy reading!

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  21. nilia

    hi dear wendy
    I am so interested in buying your ebook , but i dont have the cards that amazon accept (I am from iran).I just can pay with paypal.
    whould you please help me?

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Thank you for your interest Nilia – unfortunately we are limited to the payment methods accepted by Amazon as that is currently the only distibutor for the book. We’re working on future options and will let you know if we do. In the meantime, we’re very sorry for the inconvenience.

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  22. Nikki

    Hi Wendy, I am wanting to buy the hardcover book and I’m in Australia. Can you please tell me where I can buy it from?
    Thanks

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hello Nikki
      Thank you so much for your interest! I am super excited to advise that the book will be published in hardcopy in January 2017! Depending on where you live, you can either pre-order the international edition here >> http://amzn.to/2d7c275 or drop me your details here >> http://www.wendymak.com/contact-us/ and we’ll let you know when we have a list of Australian distributors! Thank you again!

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  23. Angela

    Wendy,
    Is it still possible to buy your original book the terrific thirty here in Australia. I know you have your new book coming out in January but my friend who is turning forty shortly and has under gone a massive breast reduction needs your book!
    If it is still available I’d love to purchase a copy.
    Thanks,
    Angela

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  24. Kristi

    Hi Wendy,

    I’ve just lost 32kg and came across your book on Amazon. I loved every second of it – thanks so much. I’ve tried to read up on capsule wardrobes (since I just about need an entire new wardrobe) and had no idea where to start (fashion is not my forte!); but your step by step guide was priceless to me.

    One question, I haven’t worn a skirt or dress in literally 20 years! What’s the rule now with dresses/skirts & pantyhose? Do you wear them or not (are they outdated these days)? If you do wear them, what’s the rule with shoes with panty hose? ie. No open toes with panty hose, etc?

    Thanks so much,
    Kristi

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Kristi! Thanks for sharing your story and what a great achievement to lose 32 kg!!!!!! I am so happy to hear that the book has helped in some small way and am very touched that you took the time to share that with me….

      Great question re skirts and hosiery!! To be honest in today’s world especially if you live somewhere where it can get warm, pantyhose is no longer a necessity unless you work somewhere very formal. Otherwise you should be fine! My own personal preference is no pantyhose with open toed shoes and to keep the hosiery either neutral or black (if I’m wearing black shoes) as I am quite short and like to elongate the look of my legs 🙂

      Plus – some other news! If you enjoyed the Kindle book, the book is being republished as a hardcopy with a new name in January. If you have ever wanted to get a physical printed copy (the table at the back is much easier to read in print!!) then you can pre order a copy from Booktopia if you are in Australia http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-capsule-wardrobe-wendy-mak/prod9781863958950.html

      Or from Amazon if you are outside of Australia https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1510713492/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=wenmak-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1510713492&linkId=aeb01a5859da827007060755b9f36313

      Thank you again for your support and kind message xxx

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for your question! The dress is one that I have had myself for many years so it doesn’t have a current make / model as such. But there’s lots of great options out there and the book will help you to learn what to look for in all your clothes so you get the best versatility from your wardrobe! Hope you enjoy reading the book and thanks for your support!!

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  25. Ceci

    Wendy,

    Love the concept about capsule wardrobe, but it is hard to find your book in HK. Can you offer me an e-book?

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Joanne,

      Please accept our apologies for the delay in response, it’s been a rather busy period for us and we do apologise as we are just catching up with all our emails.

      Thank you for your email and blog comment!

      The Capsule Wardrobe is based on my original self published book, The Terrific Thirty.

      The new version (The Capsule Wardrobe) now has a publisher behind it, a revamp and also slightly updated as my original version was targeted towards an Australian climate. It was also really only available as a Kindle book, and given the upcoming new release, has been retired from Amazon to purchase.

      If you have found the spreadsheet (table) of outfits or the illustrations hard to read on Kindle, then it is definitely worth taking a look at getting a printed copy!

      This new version was released in January 2017 and you can pre-order a printed copy from the link below: https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/books/capsule-wardrobe

      You can also find copies in most Dymocks, Big W and major David Jones and Target stores 🙂

      I hope that helps and really am looking forward to helping you with your capsule wardrobe!

      Thanks for your support!

      Cheers,
      Wendy

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  26. Jill

    Hi Wendy
    After reading all the positive comments I’m going to buy your book tomorrow and start building my retirement wardrobe. I’m quite excited but also a little concerned – any dark colour looks terrible on me (near my face) – black, navy, charcoal, dark brown all seem to add another ten years to my appearance. I am 67 and have red hair, medium fair skin and mid brown eyes (warm autumn colouring). Does your book offer other suggestions for colours to replace black/charcoal/grey?

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Jill, thank you for your comment and I would be honoured if you decided to purchase the book! While the book speaks to a broad audience as a whole and therefore does focus on a wardrobe built largely around those basic colours you mentioned, I do touch on alternate colours (although this section on alternate colours is not the focus of the book). However you have also hit the nail on the head – although these colours may be mentioned, if you find them difficult to wear near your face, avoid wearing them here and replace a couple of the items with basic colours that you know will flatter you better! I hope that helps you navigate colour options in the book.

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  27. Jane

    I love your book and my daughter helped me clean out my wardrobe – we donated 2/3 of my wardrobe to a local charity.
    I am a professional woman, size 18 and I hate shopping. I am having problems finding all 30 items. Can you recommend a personal shopper or stylist in Brisbane who can help me?

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    1. Wendy Mak Post author

      Hi Jane

      Please accept our apologies for the delay in response, and thank you for your support and kind comments! That’s made my day! The stylist that I would recommend is http://www.RubySlippersStyling.com.au. If you advise them that I recommended you to them, they will look after you.

      Thanks for connecting and please stay in touch!

      Cheers, Wendy

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