What the 5 Piece French Wardobe is:
1. Buying clothing with intention.
What the 5 Piece French Wardrobe isn't:
1. Dressing like a French person. (Beret optional)
French women are renowned for their timeless, effortless and chic sense of style, and shop completely differently from us North Americans. Instead of stocking up on fast fashion, they invest in clothing they will wear again and again over the years- things that speak to their sense of style and that will always be in style.
So in comes the 5 Piece French Wardrobe, meant to downsize your closet and upsize the quality of the garments you own. Here are the rules:
1. Basics don't count (a basic t-shirt is always allowed).
2. Accessories don't count. (personally, if I am spending a good chunk of money on an accessory I would count it in the 5)
3. Shoes do count.
4. Socks and underwear don't count.
5. Everything else counts.
The idea here is that you need to upgrade your basics, and over the course of 6 months only purchase 5 items to add to your wardrobe- these must be timeless, of good quality, and representative of your style.
Now for someone who considers shopping a sport, the 5 Piece French Wardrobe is a tough one. Instead of impulse buying everything in sight, I now have to stop, consider, and mull over each purchase I make (even the basics!). I am excited at the challenge yet partially fearful that I will fail miserably. The thought of opening a closet full of good quality pieces that feel special to me instead of a closet full of jumbled crap fills me with joy; and I will have to keep that in the front of my mind when those cheap n' trendy pieces start calling to me.