20. the french 5: basics

spring is such a perfect time to reevaluate your closet and make room for new items that suit the changing weather. this process can be made far more daunting when your drawers and hangers are packed with items you no longer wear. the french 5 piece wardrobe is a way of carefully curating what you own, focusing on quality over quantity. don't worry, this does not mean that you only have 5 items in your closet. inspired by the french method of starting with a foundation of well-made basics, you'll slowly build upon it with 5 carefully chosen pieces, every 6 months. here are our tips for editing out what you don't need and assembling a wardrobe of pieces you truly love:

start with a clean slate
go through every item in your closet and honestly assess whether it deserves a place in your wardrobe. things to keep in mind: condition of the garment, whether it fits properly and adaptability for multiple outfits. all discarded pieces should go into one of two categories:

throw out 
items that are damaged in a way that renders them no longer wearable

pass on 
pieces that you no longer have use for, but can be given to someone who will. we suggest hosting a clothing swap with a group of friends-most people will leave with at least one thing they love and you can donate whatever is left over.

invest in the basics

now that you have a closet filled with your favorite essentials, it's time to stock up on the building blocks. the great thing about keeping a minimal wardrobe is that it allows you to focus on buying versatile, high-quality items that will last you a long time. instead of a drawer filled with inexpensive t-shirts that you know will only last you for one season, invest in a handful of well made t's. they will look and feel better and, if cared for properly, will last for years. here are our favorite sites for finding beautiful basics:


shop seasonally
for all non-basic items (including shoes and accessories) this is where the 5 comes in. the fashion industry has two seasons: spring/summer and fall/winter. for each of these two seasons, thoughtfully select five amazing pieces to supplement your wardrobe. focus on quality and versatility, how will the new items interact with the pieces you already own? how long will they last? look at each of these purchases as an investment. 

we'll be posting our 5 picks each season, so stay tuned!

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