I learnt about the 5 Piece French Wardrobe from AJ. Her post about how she had adopted this system is really good, I recommend you read it.
The idea behind this concept is to build a wardrobe out of good, quality basics and then splurge on five trendy items each season to keep your wardrobe and style up to date. This allows one to evaluate what items your wardrobe is lacking, as well as having a coherent wardrobe. (No more random pieces that don’t get worn because they were randomly selected and aren’t really your style.)
If you want a good example of a basic wardrobe to start from, then I suggest having a look at AJ’s post.
I have taken this concept and modified it to suit me a bit better. I didn’t start of with the capsule wardrobe of basics. I’ve basically kept my wardrobe as is and have only adopted the shopping strategy, which is: 5 new pieces per season (a season being Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter) So that equals 10 pieces a year.
Now 5 new pieces per season might not seem like much to some. However, 5 pieces per season isn’t really only 5. Here are the rules:
- 5 new trendy/fun pieces per season
- Basics don’t count and you are allowed as many as you like (or as your bank account will allow).
- Accessories don’t count. (I however, count bags)
- Shoes DO count.
- Socks, undies, etc, don’t count.
- Everything else counts.
So if you have a look at it like that, one can still shop till one drops. But, it has made me think about what trendy (or non basic) pieces I buy. I am a lot more picky, because I only have a limited amount of space left for them.
This is what I added to my wardrobe for the Spring/Summer season of 2014/2015:
Basics (always allowed):
- Black tee, with mesh detail.
- White lace tank top.
- Navy lace tank top.
- Grey skater skirt
The non basic items I added were:
- A pair of black flip flops
- A pair of transparent flip flops
- A pair of silver court heels
- A pair of leopard print heels
- A tan tote
I wore this to an art opening a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping that the temperature would drop enough for me to wear my new jacket. All though there was quite a large storm, it didn’t stay cool enough. So on our first outing out together, I had to leave my poor jacket in the boot of the car.
As you know, the purpose of this blog is to illustrate how I am attempting to wear the items I already own in many ways as possible. Accessories are vital in setting outfits apart. I’ve not showcased how I remix my accessories on this blog before. I tend to hang on to accessories for a lot longer than I hang on to clothing items, so they get used a lot more.
This spiked necklace is one of my staples. If in doubt, add spikes. Spikes have never steered me wrong.
Would it be helpful at all to add accessories to my 1 Item Multiple Ways page?
So I’ve finally gone and bought the two things that have been on the top of my clothing wish list for as long as I can remember.
I’ve searched high and low for the perfect leather jacket. This one is faux leather though, because it is hard enough to find the perfect jacket without the added pressure of a dead animal. And let’s be real, leather jackets are way out of my price range!! I’ve been looking for a non-boxy, non-cropped, black, moto style jacket for YEARS! Is that really too much to ask? I found those really difficult to find. So much so that when I finally found it I started getting texts and messagesfrom friends and family to congratulate me (no, I’m not kidding!).
This tote is also faux leather. The textured pattern makes it a little unique but doesn’t compromise the versatility of being able to style it with anything!
When winter rolls around be prepared to see these items a lot. I have years of catching up to do!
Where did I find these unicorns? Fashion Express. No, you read that correctly Fashion Express!
This is one of those outfits that doesn’t look as good in photos as in real life. In the photos the dress doesn’t seem to sit right, but I didn’t pick that up while I was going about my day. I loved wearing this dress. It’s great for those summer days when it is deciding to rain or not. The sleeves add a bit of warmth, but when the sun does come out with a vengeance, at least my legs are bare. I think I’ll try it with tights and boots this winter.