When it comes to buying new clothes, I aim to follow a concept known as the 5-piece French Wardrobe. The concept is basically a less is more approach which encourages you to invest wisely and take on a ‘quality over quantity’ way of thinking. It is the most common shopping method used by those who have purchased the #MYEPICSELF Capsule Wardrobe Workbook.

So instead of shopping spontaneously throughout the year as most of us tend to do, you invest in 5x quality pieces per season and build a really versatile wardrobe as a result. Here’s how it works –

  • Stick with 5x items per season.
  • Basics don’t count.
  • Accessories don’t count.
  • Designer bags & shoes do count.

I often suggest this concept to my clients as a trial for 6 months to see how they like it. The feedback has always been positive and when the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, you know you’re onto a good thing. A lot of the time, clients go ahead and continue to shop like this.

What are basics? The term ‘basics’ can be used loosely and will undoubtedly change from one person to the next depending on their defined style. In my opinion, a basic is a piece of clothing that finishes an outfit but doesn’t compete with the main items that contribute to the overall look. For example, an outfit which included your favourite blazer and jeans wouldn’t be complete without a basic t-shirt to keep you from walking around topless. This is why a t-shirt is often considered a basic. How simple or loud that t-shirt is however all comes down to preference.

THE PROS

  • By allowing yourself to choose only a few pieces each season, you are forced to really assess which items are going to make your wardrobe work harder for you instead of choosing pieces simply because you like them.
  • The 5-piece limit prevents you from spending your budget on lots of low quality items & bargains and encourages you to take time selecting pieces with quality, craftsmanship and fit in mind – all of which are easy to forget when a good bargain is in sight.
  • Limiting your wardrobe to fewer items of better quality will ensure that you continue to think outside the square when it comes to dressing. You’ll start to mix & match your wardrobe to come up with exciting new outfits. This all helps to give you more bang for your buck.
  • Over time you’ll start to create a defined style which will make getting dressed each morning stress-free, less time consuming and a more rewarding experience.
  • In the long run, your purse will thank you for it!

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