Style Inspiration: the French 5-Piece Wardrobe

I’ve read somewhere about the rules of the minimalist french Wardrobe. It is said that many French women only buy 5 good pieces a season. I truly love the idea because over the years, I’ve learned that it’s not how much you have to enjoy, but how much you enjoy what you have. ;-)

The core of this idea is rather simple:

Build up yourself a wardrobe with a handful classic key pieces. You then add every season 4-5 new items into your wardrobe to keep it up-to-date. Fit, fabric and quality is more important than quantity, and it is better to spend your clothes budget on something you’d love and cherish forever, awesome pieces which will amaze youself every time when you put them on. Last but not least, pick up the right accessories to keep your look fresh. The end result is a closet that is minimalist but high on style.

Based on these rules, I limited the items on my FW09 wishlist to the following 5. Hope I can stick to the plan and more important, find the real fabulous pieces~~

  1. gray dress with side pockets
  2. black wool shorts
  3. black wool coat
  4. red suede pumps/booties
  5. black over the knee suede boot

Have you already got everything on your list? :-)


  1. afterglow
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    1.prada brown suede biker boots (short)
    2.sbc laced-up booties with chunky heels
    3.wool shorts, too (not too short but thigh length and relaxed fit) wool-cashmere double-breasted coat
    5. lanvin happy bag/ps1 medium shoulder bag

    If above things sold out before I get them.. I’ll have to re-list my wish list then .. cry :(

  2. Anna
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    On my list you definitely find black over Knee boots. I love the ones heidi weared the season last year. For the points 2 to 5 I have to find a big speander who will pay this. höhö.. But you can find all this items at stylebop.

    Love, Anna

  3. Posted October 28, 2009 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    afterglow, wow~~ what a list. :-) Wish you can get everything on your list, best luck!

    BTW, I couldn’t find that wool shorts in store yesterday, so I ordered it online. Will let you know when I receive it. But I didn’t come home empty handed, found a perfect gray dress, exactly the one I am looking for. Now on my list there are only 3 items left. ;-)

  4. Posted October 28, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Anna, thanks for the tip sweetie. I’ve heard about stylebop, but never bought anything from them. Not a fan of their online shop design. Hey, you gonna show me the boots you mentioned. CU soon~~ :)

  5. afterglow
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Good job Qy! I’d love to see your gray skirt! :D

  6. afterglow
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Qy~~ Happy Birthday!!!

    It’s still 10/28 at my place… :D

  7. Posted October 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot dear! So happy you remembered it, hugs~~ I had a wonderful day! :-D

    P.S. The gray dress has some beautiful floral prints and two side pockets(just like I wished! ;) ), very prada-like. I will take a photo when I have time~~

  8. jas
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    these aren’t exactly red suede pumps, but still so pretty!!

    i guess your birthday is oct 28? happy belated birthday from LA. :)

  9. Posted October 30, 2009 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much dear jas! :-)

    And these red sandals are so sexy, I am in love~~

  10. Faigioniggism
    Posted December 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Good blogpost, amazing looking weblog, added it to my favs.

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