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All you need to know about 5 piece french wardrobe part 3

Minimalism is not the lack of something, it’s the perfect amount of something.
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I have written about 5 piece french wardrobe here and here. Love it or hate it the 5 piece french wardrobe is definitely a thing of beauty. 

 

A curated wardrobe is the modern luxury that most successful people posses. Instead of spending an insane amount of time  in the morning deciding what to wear, and loosing precious energy, they rely on their curate wardrobe. The 5 piece french wardrobe system is a great way to build a curated wardrobe that will resonate with your signature style. 

Many of us are stuck in the vicious circle of overbuying, impulse buying and finally returning a purchase. Fashion’s ever-growing ghost economy attest to the fact that impulse buying and returning purchases are on rise.While retailers urge you to buy more and fast fashion is much-loved by the new generation  the price it extract from the environment is staggering.

Minimalism is not about having less.It’s about making room for more of what matters.

I love the idea of a curated, environment-friendly wardrobe that is ethical and environmental friendly choice. Huge amount of waste is generated in production of fabric such as jeans and the production of cheap clothes often involved child labourer and under paid workers.

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Just because it is called  the French Wardrobe philosophy doesn’t necceessarily means it is about french style. It is more about how you buy clothes not what is your style preference. Well you do need things like the skirt that never goes out of style or the item  every girl needs to have in their closet.The popular philosophy is that your basic wardrobe allows you to spend more money on few special clothes. Additionally you will have more money to get your clothes tailored and achieve the perfect fit.Learn to manage and organize  your  wardrobe like a boss with the 5 piece french wardrobe method. It aims to achieve a well-balanced and functional wardrobe. A wardrobe that is not over flowing with random items that you don’t remember purchasing or wearing. Apart from that is the best way to maintain a curated wardrobe that grows by 5 piece every season.

While wearing the same outfit in a row for 2 day is frowned upon by most people it is not uncommon  to repeating outfits. Think about how much money would you like to spend on a items that you not wear more that 10 times or may be less.

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Black is forever

My love for the color black is unsurpassed by any other colour. It is my go to colour. When in doubt go Black. Back to Black .People around me are forever asking me to wear other colors , anything other than black.

The importance of the colour black when it comes to fashion and my wardrobe is immense. 

 

You can’t go wrong with The Little Black Dress has been a wardrobe staple and rightfully so. They are versatile and flattering on almost everyone. Easy to accessories with statement neck pieces and colorful scarves.The uniform project involved wearing a LBD for 365 day consecutively but creatively while not repeating the same outfit. Black is one of the best colour for the monochrome look followed closely by white and blue.

Black and white  is another classic combination that is always trendy. The combination to these two neutral colour is striking and suitable for every occasion starting from formal to casual.  

 

Apart from that black looks good with a wide range of colors . From pastels to fluorescent and several bright tones can be easily balanced with the colour black. Needless to say   pencil skirt, blazer, jeans, shirt, t-shirt, tank and a pair of semi-formal pants all in the colour black is my wardrobe staple. 

Well , when it comes to accessories the belt, the bag and the shoe, black defiantly dominates the field. All these are must for formal wardrobe.

 

Leather jackets and blazers looks sharp and classy all the time and more so in the colour black. Edgy looks are best when done in black so does studs and chains. 

Black colour gives the best slimming effect too. 

For some people black is boring but for me black brings out the best in every colour and outfit. What is your go to colour?

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 5 PIECE FRENCH WARDROBE PART 2

” Shop Less Think More “

 

After getting mixed reviews for the post All you need to Know about 5 piece french Wardrobe Part 1 , I decided to dig in some more.

Having a big walk in  wardrobe overflowing with clothes, shoes, bags, accessories was the standard of luxury. Soon it became the norm and the luxury of having a huge wardrobe is no more.Lot of successful people swears by uniform/signature style that involves wearing the same type of clothing item as much as possible hence creating a uniform and their signature style. 

Having a wardrobe full of quality item is the new luxury. 

1ca25506292043d523fbde3e7d35c1ecThe idea behind the “capsule wardrobe” or “5 piece french Wardrobe” or “the curated Wardrobe” is Less is more .

Around 2009 Sheena Matheiken of The Uniform Project challenged herself to wear the same little black dress for the entire length of the year for 365 days. She took care to make the outfits fashionable and different every day.That does seem a bit extreme to me, wearing the same dress for a year everyday, avant-garde when it comes to less is more tribe. Most people will balk at the notion of wearing the same outfit back to back for two days. While repeating the same outfit over a week is definitely not an offence.

Fast forward to 2011 Daniel Dykes editor of Fashionising stated that The Curated Wardrobe is the new Luxury  and a shift is in motion. The shift from wanting to own more and more towards the luxury of have fewer items of better quality.

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With the rise of fast fashion and mass clothing production most people in developed nation have access to wide range of new trendy clothes each season. The curated wardrobe is definitely not some thing everyone can acquire quite as easily as it requires talent and patience. 

A smaller wardrobe is an ethical choice too. We all know gallons of water is required in the making of a pair of jeans and this greatly add to pollution.The new age millennials need to be conscious of the environment and become more mindful while being as fashionable as possible. 

 

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All you need to know about 5 Piece French Wardrobe Part 1

If she can’t afford it, she won’t buy it. If it doesn’t fit (or make her feel good, or flaunt what she’s got), she won’t wear it. If she can’t find it, she won’t compromise. If she loves it, she won’t toss it. She reuses it, rethinks it, lets it age.

When a French girl shops, it isn’t a solitary act of buying something new. It’s part of a lifelong process of editing her environment, making small but meaningful additions to her home, her closet and her life.

– Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl

 

About The 5 Piece French Wardrobe 

It is a concept of capsule wardrobe where you own few articles of clothing , that fit your personal style and flatters you . In the last decade this new trend has stirred up quite a storm .

The concept of  “Capsule wardrobe”  emerged in the sixties and seventies , when  overseas travel became quite popular. This meant traveling with limited number of  garments and having less to choose from . Lot of people felt liberated while having to choose from limited number of garment . The fashion industry took notice of the particular phenomenon and the concept of  “Capsule Wardrobe” became trendy and fashion forward. .
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Minimalism is not about having less , It is about making room for more of what matters  ….

How does The 5 piece French Wardrobe work ?

Every season you are allowed to buy 5 new items to you wardrobe. These can be any article of clothing except basic pieces including underwear and socks . The items you choose each season can be used to replace your old jeans that is falling out or add a new blazer to your collection .

As you have a limited 5 pieces to add every season make a wish list , evaluate you wardrobe requirements and come up with the list of 5 pieces you really need this season.De- clutter your wardrobe and  throw out the pieces that does not fit and things you haven’t worn in ages. You can sell them on eBay or swap with your friend .

The 5 piece french wardrobe philosophy is all about curating your wardrobe. Grow your wardrobe in an aesthetic manner with statement pieces and key staples that work well together .Focus on quality not quantity .

I am going to be more careful and selective with my purchases this year and apply The Five Piece French Wardrobe philosophy to my wardrobe.

Why you should give The 5 piece french Wardrobe  a try .

If you love the concept of minimalism The 5 piece french wardrobe is your thing .

  1. Well for once is will save you a lot of time in the morning . You won’t have to wade through tons of clothing every morning to find something that fits .
  2. A less cluttered and organised wardrobe.
  3. Easier to develop your signature style / personal style .
  4. Saves you money and time .
  5. You will love every piece you own .

 

What are your thought on The 5 piece Wardrobe ? ……..

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Fornarina Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign

Sophisticated , feminine and super chic collection

Soft romantic fabric …….. with unique hemline and laser finish 

LBD  is forever ……

Polka dots and floral print must have wardrobe pieces

The little white dress … all white trend of the season

Cute floral prints …… that gives an exotic vib

Black and white combo in lace details