41. the french 5: spring // summer

a few months back, we posted about the french concept of the 5 piece wardrobe. we stressed the importance of starting with a foundation of beautiful, well-made basics. the idea is that if you focus on quality and versatility, you will only need to purchase 5 new items every 6 months to supplement them.

now that we've carefully chosen our favorite basics, it's time to spice them up with our 5 spring/summer picks. knowing that you can only choose 5 pieces forces you to put extra thought into your purchases: 

how was it made? what is it made of? owning fewer clothes means paying closer attention to the quality of production. you want these clothes to last years, not for just a season. make this an opportunity to purchase from designers who stand behind their materials and construction.

how will it fit in with what is already in my closet? ideally, when paired with your existing basics, there should be numerous options for how to wear each new item. map out what you already have, what are the pieces that can be thrown into the mix in multiple ways? be creative!

basic: sweater by everlane

we've each listed and linked to the 5 spring/summer pieces that we will be adding to our closets. as you can see, much contemplation went into each piece and we're still coming up with new outfits now that we have these warm-weather additions to compliment our trusted basics. we hope you find some inspiration for your seasonal wardrobe!


skipper tee by ace & jig ace & jig always use the most beautiful textiles - each of their pieces feel so unique. this asymmetrical crop top has a navy side and a black side and can be worn with either in front. i can't wait to pair it with some high waisted shorts or a midi skirt.
parva shorts by osei-duro the gorgeous batik print and flattering cut set these shorts apart. dressier than the usual summer staple, they were made for wedges and a short sleeved sweater.
woven sandals by soludos always good to have a pair of well-made espadrilles to compliment casual outfits or to throw into your beach bag. the ankle ties make these extra special.
over the knee pleated skirt by 7115 by szeki one of my go-to brands for simple, graceful pieces. this skirt epitomizes that aesthetic. it will look equally lovely with a button down, tied at the waist or a tucked in tee.
summit dress by reformation i love the 60's meets 90's vibe of this dress. it would look new wave chic on anna karina or indie cool on kim gordon. slip on a pair of sunglasses and simple black sandals, it's the easiest of summer outfits. i'd switch to a denim jacket and pair of booties for chilly nights.


classic sheffield watch by daniel wellington this classic and minimalistic watch can easily be dressed up or down and will look great with sleeveless shirts.
the band dress by brass clothing this light weight chiffon dress has a great shape and the best part is, it has pockets! the dress is part of brass' kickstarter campaign so i won't have the dress till july, but it will be so worth the wait.
miranda peep toe clog heel by bryr  i love the little peep toe on these clogs and am gladly waiting the 30 days it takes to make these shoes. each piece is made with american leather and is hand cut and stapled.
riviera stripe maxi skirt by free people i love the delicate and flirty "v" front of this skirt. i'll be pairing this with a basic tank, my new clog heels, and sunglasses. it's the perfect outfit to take me from work to night time activities. 
agate tank by hackwith design house this asymmetrical linen top has beautiful side details and angled pockets for a flattering line. plus, i know my tank is going to be unique since hackwith design house hand makes all of their pieces in batches of 25 or less.

basic: skirt by hanna andersson
basic: avarcas by pons

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