French women are known for their effortless style and making the most basic of items look chic. It is not that difficult to achieve the look though. Here is some guidance to get you started.
The concept of the Five Piece Wardrobe started in an online forum called The Fashion Spot. French commenters were sharing their formula for building the perfect wardrobe. The formula is about starting your collection with high quality basics that will go with everything and take you through the seasons, and then each season buying 5 fashionable, seasonal items. The concept behind this formula is that you will be more careful and deliberate about what you buy, so there are fewer impulse purchases and more quality, well-thought-out pieces in the wardrobe.
Start with clear-out
The first – and possibly most important – step is to get rid of anything that doesn’t fit you, isn’t comfortable, or you don’t love.
Quality t-shirts that won’t lose their shape, in a flattering cut (loose on the torso, slim on the arms) will always be fashionable. Choose neutrals such as black, white, grey, and navy.
Jeans in a dark wash are also a good staple to have. They can be dressed up or down, and go with any color.
A tailored blazer can work with a variety of outfits – it can smarted up jeans and a tee for a casual weekend look, or pair beautifully with a shirt dress for a fashionable work outfit.
Shirts made of silk mean the fabric is heavy enough to cling, but is still breathable. Silks shirts are perfect all year round, and a well-made one will be flattering no matter your shape. Choose neutral colors to maximum versatility.
A statement skirt that pairs with all your tops will create a multitude of fun outfits. Go for a classing print such as stripes or floral.