The 5-piece french wardrobe and how it changes your life

You may love or hate the fashions world’s obsession with this très français trend but here’s something you may find fascinating.

I’m sure you’ve heard about this concept so popular two years ago when everybody went crazy about reducing their closet.

The idea not only that liberates you from the daily dilemma of not knowing what to wear but it also focuses on the concept of curating the direction of your wardrobe and creating your own unique style that feels true to your aesthetic and stand the test of passing fads and seasons.

The result is less money spent on items you don’t really need, less frustrating time spent trying to figure out what to wear and a newfound feeling of deep satisfaction with your wardrobe.

We’ve revisited this 2014 philosophy of the French wardrobe and we’ve made a guideline on the items you need to create it and on what steps should you take in the purchasing process.

Guidelines to a french wardrobe

The guidelines are very simple.

  1. Make sure you have quality basics across all categories of items and get rid of all clothing you don’t wear, love or love to wear. Buy new basics to fill any gaps. And remember: quality over quantity.
  2. Limit your new purchases to five non-basic items per season (once in spring/summer and once in fall/winter) that add some personality and make your wardrobe look current and fresh.

We’ve also made a list of basic items you’ll need to create your 5-Piece French Wardrobe.

You might add or take away some things from this list. Consider it a jumping-off point for finding what’s right for your wardrobe. But, first of all…

What’s a basic item?

  • something you can wear over and over again, until it falls apart
  • something that goes with everything you already own
  • something you pretty much can’t live without
  • the glue that helps you keep the rest of your wardrobe together
  • a garment made of a good material that will last for a very long time.

The 5-piece French Wardrobe list

#1 Basic tops

A basic wardrobe must include a white shirt. Or a white t-shirts if your style is casual.

J Crew Poplin Shirt
J Crew Poplin Shirt

Asos Origami T-shirt
Asos Origami T-shirt

#2 Basic jackets

Asos midi trench
Asos midi trench

Tommy Hilfiger two button blazer
Tommy Hilfiger two button blazer

#3 Basic pants

Joes ankle skinny jeans
Joes ankle skinny jeans

Style&co slim leg tummy control pants
Style&co slim leg tummy control pants

#4 Basic dresses

Leith dress
Leith dress

Adrianna Papell one shoulder gown
Adrianna Papell one shoulder gown

#5 Basic shoes

BCBGeneration pumps
BCBGeneration pumps

New Balance Classics Sneakers
New Balance Classics Sneakers

These are the basics that you need in your wardrobe no matter the rule.

As for non-basics, the 5 purchases you are allowed to have, according to the 5-Piece French Rule, you should know that the following are big this season:

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Those were my suggestions on the 5-Piece French Wardrobe concept. Hope you’ve found them useful and you’ll manage in recreating your dressing and redefining your style. Happy Shopping!

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