Do you open up your wardrobe and feel it lacks direction?
Are you buying a lot of clothes each season, then find they don’t complement your existing wardrobe?
If the answer is ‘yes’ to the questions above then the philosophy of the French wardrobe is something that will certainly help. I discovered the French wardrobe while going through some posts on Reddit in the style section. Time and time again it was referenced in the advice given to members so I decided to have a search for myself and see what all the hype was about (it was one of the most popular threads on that Reddit).
Put simply the French wardrobe is a philosophy on curating an amazing wardrobe.
What is ‘the French Wardrobe’?
It starts with solid basics that are the centrepiece to your wardrobe and style. These basics are essential to the philosophy. There are no hard and fast rules about what your basics have to consist of but underwear, socks, white tees and a white shirt are all good examples of what would fit into this category. You can have a read of the 5 essential pieces every woman should own to give you a few more ideas for your basics.
Each season you then expand your wardrobe by buying five pieces. No more!
What is included in my five pieces?
- When selecting your items each season it’s essential that you go for the best quality and fabric you can afford.
- Staple pieces aren’t included in your five items. So if your white tee is looking grubby you can go ahead and update it.
- Large ticket accessories are classified as one of your five items.
- Shoes are counted.
- Anything else that hasn’t been mentioned is also counted as one of your items for the season.
What’s the point in following the French wardrobe?
I love the concept and it’s very similar to what I encourage with my own private clients. Long time readers of the blog will notice my posts also echo similar principles.
But the philosophy is about curating a wardrobe that is centred around longevity, quality and aesthetics. It’s for those of you that feel your wardrobe is never complete. It’s an education in learning about what items are worth investing in that will actually complement the pieces you already own.
It’s for those that are dissatisfied with their wardrobe and want to nurture and grow it. It’s about having a strategy rather than just updating on a whim and ending up with lots of individual statements. Lots of individual pieces doesn’t make a consistent style and results in the ‘I have nothing to wear‘ occasions.
Having a strategy is really key if you want to dress well on a budget. You can be frugal and buy your perfect item and have the satisfaction you’ll only need to purchase it once. But remember it is a journey and although your taste may change, actually getting your wardrobe to match does take time.
I also want to add this is NOT about dressing like a Parisian. Remember it is a philosophy not a template for what to wear. But how to expand and cultivate an amazing wardrobe.
The final thing I’ll leave you with is a quote from the thread itself:
“One idea I’ve come across dictates buying things with the mindset, Could this be a heirloom item I could hand down to my son or daughter? Admittedly, not every piece can sustain that lifespan and not every person has the budget for it. I certainly don’t expect the coats I can buy on a college student budget to last beyond my life. But maybe something in-between will work for many—”Is this an item that the future me will be glad to inherit?”
Do you have a wardrobe philosophy, if so, what is it?
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