I have had such an overwhelmingly positive response to my minimalist wardrobe series, so I thought that I would share another technique that I use to keep my wardrobe under control.
It’s called the five piece french wardrobe, which I mentioned briefly before but this is a great post outlining the principles of the five piece french wardrobe philosophy. The basic idea is that you only buy five new pieces of clothing per season (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer = ten pieces). These five pieces are “special pieces” that add interest to your wardrobe. Or another way of looking at it is that basics and accessories don’t count towards your five pieces, and neither does replacing worn out clothing. See, not too draconian at all
I could really only start using this technique once I figured out my personal style and had a pretty good foundation of basic pieces. So while I use the process outlined in my minimalist wardrobe posts to do a closet clean out several times a year, for the beginning of the shopping season I draw up a list of my five pieces that I’ll be looking for. The list usually comes from any wishlist holes that I noticed during my closet clean out.
My Five Pieces for Fall/Winter
Leopard Fur Coat: An elusive piece that I have yet to find at the perfect intersection of look, quality and price.
Black Suede d’Orsay Flats: Check! I have taken my new Erin flats for a few outings and so far so good. They’re great quality and are super comfy. I highly recommend.
Colored Booties: I wear my black and tan booties into the ground during the winter. I would love to add a pair in burgundy or cobalt blue to change it up and add a pop of color.
Silk Slip Dress: Another piece that has returned from last year’s list. Most of the slip dresses that I find are too short (and look obscene) on my 5’10” frame. I’m hoping to find an elegant, silk, bias cut, midi-length slip dress this season.
Draped Back Sweater: Something a little sexier than my usual crew necks. I saw a beautiful crew neck front/ low draped back, grey cashmere sweater during the sales last winter, but it was not on the list or in the budget. Hopefully I’ll find something similar this year.
What are your five pieces for Fall/Winter? Don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated as I check off my list this season!
Photo: Dovima in a Bernham-Stein leopard fur coat by Richard Avedon 1950Tweet