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MADE IN HEAVEN

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So it is not officially February yet, which means I am cheating on my 5 Piece French Wardrobe rules. Since I knew I was going to buy these anyway – as it is pretty much the one and only super specific item on my new list for spring/summer – I thought I would better cave now that they are still on sale. These are probably the closest to perfect boyfriend jeans will ever get. It’s like a modern version of a vintage Levi’s 501, without the hassle having to search for it. Made in heaven… Definitely go for that vintage 501 if you bump into one that perfectly hugs your lady lumps. I am just saying shopping for vintage doesn’t quite make the cut when it comes to the sartorial tricks I have up my sleeve. Maybe I should do a post on that…vintage and it being a complete disaster for me. What do you think? PS: Thank you Nicole for introducing me to these a long long time ago, I finally did it! Boyfriend Jeans, MiH (on sale here).

MADE IN HEAVEN

GETTING THE 5 PIECE THING STARTED

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Season two of my 5 Piece French Wardrobe journey is about to begin and to get you all on board I thought it would be fun to share a 3 step guide on how to get things started. Clear the decks. We all have our ways to deal with the excessiveness in our wardrobes. Some keep their stuff forever and pile up big time, some throw out too much. My number one tip to get rid of the right items is to turn all hangers in your closet backwards – turn around folded t-shirts and jeans too – and turn everything back to normal once you’ve worn them. Whatever is still turned in a year from your start date (today?!) has to go. A year is looong, but hey you have to give all seasons a chance! Same goes for shoes and all your accessories. Come up with a smart way that shows you if you’ve worn it or not. Sentimental stuff is always a keeper. Get the basics. There are tons of lists to be found on which items are the glue to keep anyone’s wardrobe together. My list of 10 non-seasonal essentials is not going to be completely new nor refreshing, but it is what I believe could be a good way to get this thing started without too big of a threshold. All the basics need to be of perfect quality, so you don’t end up having to replace them each and every year/season. My ultimate 10 – shoes and accessories not included – are, a classic wool coat, a leather jacket, a cashmere sweater, a cotton shirt, the perfect white t-shirt, a silk evening shirt, a suit (can be worn as separates), boyfriend jeans, fitted black jeans and a skirt (any that fits your style and hugs your figure). There’s obviously more basics in the world than this, so don’t worry about counting others – such as a striped t-shirt – as basics. Wish List. Last, but definitely not least. Create a wish list of the 5 items you are imagining buying in the next 6 months. Don’t buy them all at once, try to evenly plan them out (this gives room to unplanned wardrobe necessities). Practically it’s almost an item a month, so it is not as hard as it sounds. My wish list for spring/summer goes a little something like this. A Denim Jacket. Ahh, I should have kept my old Levi’s, it would have been vintage by now… Some Sort of Slide or Slipper. Let’s say my Birkenstock phase needs to be compromised by a more subtle option. It might be a little early talking barefoot when it is not even February, but I can already see myself sliding through summer in these. It is like a luxury hotel slipper with a peep toe, perfect! MiH Phoebe Jeans. I could go on and on about these jeans and if it was not for the uncountable amount of boyfriend bottoms already in my wardrobe (here and here), these would be basic. Why would I still need them then, you ask? They are impeccable. As if someone just really did figure out how to create thé ideal pair of jeans. A Staw Fedora. Totally unnecessary, but such a chic summer staple. I might replace this with a summer dress later, but for now, I am convinced I need a fedora in my life. Since I wear hats all day everyday (never). Right. Timeless Jewelry. I have a little box of gold bits and things from when I was a child and I have thought about selling it, but I think I would rather get it melted and reshaped into something that I will actually wear. As for the basics, I am thinking a striped longsleeve (how could I have lived without it for so long?!) and that blue cotton shirt that is almost glued to my body in white. Who’s with me? And what’s on your wish list this season? Striped T-Shirt, Comme des Garçons; Necklace, Sophie Hulme; Boyfriend Jeans, MiH; Slippers, Newbark; Shirt, Rika; Hat, Maison Michel. Image by Adam Franzino for Elle Australia.

GETTING THE 5 PIECE THING STARTED

5 PIECE FRENCH WARDROBE UPDATE

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Only a few more nights and my first season of 5 Piece French Wardrobe-ing is done. Six months, solely five items (basics aside). What went well, what went wrong? First, what did I buy from my actual wish list? A chunky knit turtle neck from Céline, the perfect leather jacket and a gigantic cashmere scarf (which does not really count, since it is an essential that I will wear until death do us part). What about things outside that list? A crazy expensive beanie (not a basic, due to its price), a black ruffled-back top from Acne Studios, perfectly fitting black suit trousers (basic), a gray t-shirt with print (not justifiable) and a cashmere v-neck sweater from Zara (basic). Total damage? 5 items, plus 3 basics. Not bad for a first season – though second attempt – albeit I went around my wish list quite a few times. De black top was barely a necessity, but felt like a good investment as I have very few exciting non-basic tops that speak louder than the pants if you know what I mean. The gray printed t-shirt was a definite impulse buy and while I am predicting it will get a lot of wear, I would have rather given my fifth free pass to these Zara ankle boots that are waiting for me at home. Perhaps a basic – come on, it is a black ankle boot and a replacement for my Alexander Wang’s of which the soles are starting to speak and they really deserve their retirement – but nothing I would not know how to live without. If I would count these, which I should, I added six things to my wardrobe instead of five. (Whoops!) My wish list for Spring/Summer is almost ready, but still needs a little fine tuning. Before I share, I would love to hear how you got through. What did you get? And if you still haven’t started, tag along for the upcoming season. Trust me, it’s worth it. PS: Nice color scheme huh? Totally unintentional.

5 PIECE FRENCH WARDROBE UPDATE

CÉLINE KNIT

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I guess I am done 5 Piece French Wardrobe-ing for this season… Sweater, Céline.

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IRRESISTIBLE BEANIE

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For two or even three weeks in a row, I have been throwing this beanie in my digital shopping cart. Every single morning I would check if it was still available, add it to my cart and then leave it there until it automatically got put back in the digital shopping racks. When it comes to shopping, doubt is my middle name. And even though that comes in quite handy when one wants to prevent themselves from buying bad bargains, I keep missing out on stuff too. So when I saw this wool/cashmere gorgeousness live on Abbot Kinney the other day, I decided to not overthink the irresistible beanie any longer and go for it. Now I know I shouldn’t be buying headgear when I originally included shoes in my 5 Piece French Wardrobe wishlist, but I kind of gave up on finding the shoes. Plus, they won’t be warm enough for the Amsterdam weather I am diving into in January anyway. So, an update on the 5 Piece French Wardrobe list: 1. The perfect leather jacket. We all know I got this one covered! 2. Black d’Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne Beanie from 6397 Usually accessories don’t count, but since this beanie came with quite the hefty price tag, it does. 3. Black top from Acne Yeah, I didn’t need another black top in my wardrobe. I am not really sure how to justify this one, I guess I just really (really!) liked it. 4. A cozy knit I am yet to find the perfect one. 5. A free spot! Still got one free spot left to fill. So far, pretty good… (Even though I secretly also bought a bra, but that really doesn’t count, does it?) Beanie, 6397.

IRRESISTIBLE BEANIE

5 PIECE FRENCH WARDROBE UPDATE

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In the beginning of September, I started my second attempt on a 5 piece French wardrobe (meaning I am allowed to buy 5 pieces each season (each 6 months), basics don’t count). Despite the fact this fashion month and a half gave me a clothing overload (bombardment even), things are going well. I entered several stores and went through all kinds of browsing sessions and managed to keep the wallet in the bag, except for the things that I had written down before arrival in Paris (bought nothing at all in New York and London, *pat on the back). Apart from that leather jacket – 1 down, 4 to go – I got myself a scarf and some black suit trousers, which are both basics and don’t count. And to keep myself right on track, here is the wishlist I am using for September – February. 1. The perfect leather jacket Need I say more?. 2. Black d’Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne After my Balenciaga buckle boots, I am craving for another pair of cool flat slides that complete all skinny jeans I own. 3. A cozy knit Not this one in particular (the price tag is just way (waayyy) too hefty), but I regularly get some serious sweater envy and that can only mean one thing… I need to be able to give some serious sweater envy back every now and then. Right? The next two are not counting, since they are either basics or accessories (or both). The Canada scarf from Acne Got this one covered! Cool earrings I saw these really nice razor blade hoops from Tom Binns in a Dutch magazine a little while ago and I.NEED.TO.HAVE them. The only problem is that I can not seem to find them (I can not even find an image of them on the internet, so I am almost starting to think the magazine secretly made them up). I will leave item number 4 and 5 open for now until I fall head over heels for something. Now these wardrobe rules might sound super hard to live by, but it basically means I can buy something really nice every 36 days (half a year = 182,5 days divided by 5 items is 36,5 days). Must be realizable. Who’s with me?

5 PIECE FRENCH WARDROBE UPDATE

FIRST OF THE FIVE

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It is official, my 5 piece French wardrobe game is on and the first of my five buys (counting from September 1st to February 28th (no it is not going to be easy, but definitely worth trying!)) is this leather jacket from Acne. It is their all-time classic piece and even though it is +24 degrees outside in Paris, I haven’t taken it off since I bought it two days ago. Who said leather is not seasonless? Now if I would want to cheat, I could file this under ‘basics that don’t count’, since a leather jacket is obviously an investment piece that lasts literally for ages. I mean, this gives any item that is already in my closet an instant update. Buttt since I do really want to stay in the game this time, plus I can not justify anything in this price range, let’s count. 1 down, 4 to go. Leather Jacket, Acne; T-Shirt, American Apparel; Jeans, Acne; Shoes, Kurt Geiger; Bag, Kurt Geiger. Pictures by Anna Nooshin.

FIRST OF THE FIVE

5 PIECE FALL WARDROBE?

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Before diving (head first) into the new summer stuff shown at the fashion shows I will be attending in the next few weeks, I thought I would do some decent fall browsing. As the French always do it better, I tried to do it in some sort of my own French way this time and just went browsing (no buying yet). Browsing for the five pieces – and five pieces only – I want to update my fall wardrobe with. For anyone who has been reading my blog since forever, this 5 piece French wardrobe thing may sound like a familiar concept. I already tried it once and failed quite badly, but I am going to have another shot at only buying five pieces per season once again. (Still have to figure out whether there’s two or four seasons though…) The rules are simple: – Only five new pieces per season are allowed – Basics don’t count – Accessories do not either – Designer bags and shoes do Also, for me there are certain limits and extra rules as well as some exceptions. For example, I allow myself to buy one bag a year, but a Chanel would count as two (years). A black blazer is quite the basic piece, but if it’s one with a hefty price tag, it certainly counts as one of the five. To increase the chances of making this work, it is important to go through what is already in the closet and to execute a very strict edit on it. Is this awesome enough? Am I ever going to wear this again? Does this even look good on me? Would this make someone else happier? Would someone else make this happier? And that is exactly what I have been doing lately. For my browsing session, I went over to my friends at De Bijenkorf and found these: Classics with a twist Classics can be handy, but sometimes a bit boring too. To me, a classic blue shirt is always a good idea, but if it a twist or a crazy details to it makes it even better. Note to self: I definitely need more classics with twists in my life. Something leopard I tried these 3.1 Phillip Lim leopard leggings pictured above when I was wearing nothing but some underwear. When I looked in the mirror and saw a girl in a bra and leopard leggings, it really scared the **** out of me. After adding some layers, it actually looked pretty hot! A chunky sweater One can never have enough chunky sweaters. Mine always have to feel like this really cozy place. The suit Another classic, a classic that I luckily already have. But if my house was on fire and I had to buy a new suit, I would easily go for this T by Alexander Wang jacket and Joseph pants. Or – even cooler – a full corduroy suit. Black ankle boots Everybody needs a pair of black ankle boots. These are my old favorites from Alexander Wang and are still going strong so I don’t need any new ones. Just saying there are a LOT of good options/competition available this fall. Anything Phillip Lim really I mean, have you seen the runway show? My ultimate goal, wardrobe wise, would be to have a closet exclusively filled with items that make it impossible to look either dull, too simple or plain boring. Jackets that are insanely awesome and only need a pair of dark colored jeans, shoes that do all the talking, conversation starting accessories, etc. PS: I also played around a bit with these pieces and will show you how I would style them later this month.

5 PIECE FALL WARDROBE?

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Yes, I know. Maybe I do need new shoes. It’s just that I still like these so much (+ they’re comfy and go with everything). And isn’t that what ‘normal’ people do? Buy something and wear it over and over again, sometimes even until it starts falling apart… I think the fashion industry is going in that direction anyway. I mean, designers and fashion houses are focusing more and more on creating collections that will last longer than just (or not even a whole) season and I think that really is a good thing. Who wants to spend over 1.000 euros on a bag when you won’t be able to wear it next season ’cause it’s too trend sensitive? Not me! Same goes for a pair of pretty affordable Zara pumps in my opinion. My blog has never been about consumerism and it never will be. I know I failed at the 5 Piece French Wardrobe thingy I tried for a couple of months, but that doesn’t mean I buy new stuff every single week and I don’t really want to. I think it’s fun to always have things to crave for and to have to mix and match with the things I do own until I get sick and tired of them, put ’em away for a while and then mix and match ’em again. I love the fact that when people that know my blog open the doors of my closet and are surprised by the small amount of clothing I actually own. Ralph Lauren denim shirt, Mango jeans, Zara shoes and Style by Marina coat.

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