With the current trend for decluttering your closet in the air, one compelling concept comes to my mind: the 8-pieces French wardrobe. The “Capsule wardrobe” is a movement that gained traction in 2014, but it feels especially accurate when downsizing, streamlining and making your day-to-day life more simple.
The guidelines are easy to follow: first, make sure you have quality basics across all categories of clothing, and eliminate pieces that you don’t wear or love. Buy new staples to fill any gaps you may find—and remember : quality over quantity.
After you have your closet narrowed to the essential basics, thoughtfully consider five pieces you want to add each season to refresh your look and add personality. Intrigued? Scroll down to find out how you can implement it.
But first, how do we recognize a good staple:
– You can wear it over and over and over again until it falls apart.
– It goes with everything you already own.
– It comes in a rather classic cut with no fancy details or trendy additions: these won’t last…
– It’s the glue that helps you keep the rest of your wardrobe together (and that’s why you can do without it)
– It’s made of a good material that will last for a very long time.
Knowing that, here are 8 French clothing staples (and why are they so essential)
1/ A little black dress : this is not big surprise. We already wrote here about the LBD.
2/ A trench : a huge classic. Always trendy, always useful, always chic. No matter if you wear it with a jean or a suit. Choose a classic color (black or beige), so you’ll keep it longer. If you can afford it go on a Burberry one. You won’t regret it ! Or find a vintage one like bellow:
picture from @leasfeiz
Here other variations
3/ A wrap dress : Thanks to Diane Von Furstenberg who created it in the 70’s, this dress is one of the most flattering and easy to wear. I love it because even if you’ve just gained 3 kilos, the dress will still perfectly fit !
4/A white shirt : another staples always chic and so easy to wear. It goes with almost everything.
Always go for a 100 % cotton (no synthetics for this piece!) and in a classic non fitted cut. You even can borrow your man’s one !
5/A tweed jacket or a blazer : A sophisticated piece, easy to wear. Doesn’t matter if it’s a Chanel’s style one or a British Lord style, it will instantaneously give a “je-ne-sais-quoi” to any outfit.
This one is from Zara
French influencer @leiasfez often portrait herself wearing a blazer
6/ A tuxedo suit : Yves Saint Laurent stole it to the men. For the first time in the 60’s, this brand with masculine-feminine accents focuses on the tuxedo suit for women. It’s more elegant than a simple pant suit and it also looks more trendy with a rock touch. Whatever the party’s dress code is, you’ll be sure of your perfect look for the evening.
“Le smoking” Yves Saint Laurent
7/ A peacoat : with a skirt or a jean, it will be perfect. And keep you warm ! And as it’s always in a black or navy blue color, you’re sure it will goes with everything else in your wardrobe!
8/The striped sailor’s T-Shirt : Coco Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier just love it! Just as Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau or Jean Seberg, just to name a few. Whatever the fashion of the moment is, it will always stay a trendy cloth, so effortless chic. No matter the fashion of the moment, at every Spring season the marinière does its come back. It does look very French and French women (and men) never seem tired to wear it! No surprise then, it’s part of our French staples ;).