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.


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    1. This is cool but hard to accomplish ;) ….although it also depends on what you can consider as a “basic”

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  1. Ik vind je idee echt super en ik zou het graag toepassen, want met de verbouwingen aan ons huis is er minder budget voor massa’s kleren te kopen, maar ik vraag mij gewoon af als je maar 5 stuks koopt volgend seizoen, doe je dan niet vaak hetzelfde aan?
    Hoe zorg je ervoor dat het niet saai word?

    1. Sabrina | afterDRK - ⁄ Reply

      Bijna iedereen heeft genoeg kleding, ik durf te wedden dat je het seizoen zelfs door zou komen zonder dat je iets koopt. De 5 Pieces zijn vooral nieuwe ‘injections’ in je kast die eigenlijk stiekem al compleet is. Basics kun je gewoon blijven kopen.

      Klein dingetje, dit principe is natuurlijk niet gemaakt voor mensen die er een ontzettend kleurrijke/vol printjes stijl op na houden.

  2. great idea, I definitely have to do something like this… think and make a list of clothes I want to buy next season!

  3. Great view on the 5 piece french wardrobe methode. I’m not gonna stick to it but use some of the guidelines. Die comme des garcons striped top staat ook op mijn lijstje ;)…
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  4. This is a good idea…I’m trying to do that with my colours actually…buying basics in three colours…..hopefully by doing this..I will look smarter…;/

  5. I often think about my old Levis jacket!!! soooo should have kept it!

    1. Sabrina | afterDRK - ⁄ Reply

      Who would’ve guessed? Haha.

  6. I’m with you, definitely – if all goes well I’ll be switching houses sometime soon and that will provide a great opportunity to fully consider my wardrobe! In the meantime, the wishlist for next season exists of denim (relaxed fit and shorts), slipons and heels. All are missing in my closet ..


  7. Super! Ik ben ook weer begonnen met een detox. Vind je hanger-omdraai-tip trouwens heel slim! Zo simpel eigenlijk :) Ik heb alle twijfelgevallen in een doos gedaan en als ik die over een half niet heb opengemaakt, gaat alles – zonder te kijken is de bedoeling – weg.

    Toffe post!


    1. Dat is een goed idee! Ik heb zo een doos al jaren ergens opgeborgen, zelfs nog met kleding die ik op de middelbare school droeg. Tijd om het, zonder nog een door te kijken, weg te doen. Ik word er altijd sentimenteel van, dus het is verstandig om het gewoon dicht te laten.

  8. Erg leuk artikel! Ik ben zelf niet strikt aan t french wardrobe-en, maar ik merk dat ik er me onbewust toch een beetje naar ben gaan gedragen. Ik denk veel beter na over m’n aankopen en heb mijn kledingkast de laatste tijd voornamelijk uitgebreid met basics, in ieder geval weinig trendgevoelige items : )


  9. Super leuk artikel! Vrouwen hebben zeker te veel kleren en prachtige fashion items in hun kast die niet meer worden gedragen. Oplossing: Maak er iemand ander blij mee en verdien geld aan de kleding die je weg doet.

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  10. Have you found the perfect white t-shirt yet ? I can’t find it anywhere…
    I plan to buy only a piece a month this season plus some basics. On my wish list : the Acne Alma boots !

    1. Sabrina | afterDRK - ⁄ Reply

      Hmm not really! I will definitely share when I do.

  11. Maybe it’s time to give this thin a try. You almost have me convinced ;) Btw, love those slippers, so elegant and that CdG shirts is defenitely a super investment. xo Hanneke

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  12. I’m currently obsessed with timeless jewelry, this is the phase I’m in!
    Mafalda ❤

  13. Handige tips!

    Ik ga zeker eens beginnen met mijn kast op te ruimen…
    Ik ben het type dat niks kan weggooien :p

  14. An item a month sounds better than five items in six months, haha. Thanks for the tips!

  15. Great post:)
    xx Stephanie (

  16. I’m trying it out this season too and it’s difficult (I used to be quite the sporadic consumer). What is your policy on giving over to an item: when it’s not really on your list and you don’t really need it, but it’s so beautiful, it would be a shame not to get it? I have that a lot

  17. LOVE these slippers you have found, they look super cool! >

  18. Great idea :)
    Do you want to follow each other, let me know?!

  19. Ik ben ook met de 5 piece french wardrobe begonnen. Ben benieuwd of het gaat lukken!!

  20. Love this wishlist especially the Comme des garçons tee!

  21. I’m in! Was er toevallig al een tijdje over aan het nadenken. Was gister begonnen met een post erover! Super handig dat ik nu dit eerst nog zie! Motivatie en net dat extra duwtje! Succes voor het komend seizoen, we zullen het nodig hebben haha!

  22. Turning those hangers around is a great idea! Since I’ve started my own shop I’ve changed the way I buy garments myself, I always think twice before buying and tend to invest a little more for less in stead of the other way around. Haven’t regretted this yet!

  23. I’m looking so much forward to the new season beginning!!! Good luck :)

  24. I am all in with you on this! I haven’t made my wish list yet, still assessing my current wardrobe. If you are looking for a great basic tee, you should try Helmut by Helmut Lang, I live in mine!

  25. Like the idea of the 5 piece French wardrobe, but I don’t think i would be able to stick to it :-)

  26. Love this post and the concept of a 5 piece wardrobe … really need to sort out my wardrobe and life more by that concept!

    Greetings from London,

  27. I have such a hard time finding the perfect white shirt and boyfriend jeans. Frustrating search. :P
    Also have distressed black jeans and eytys sneakers on my wish list!

  28. Mijn wishlist is oneindig! Maar ik kan het goed vinden in je keuze voor Fedora, blijft een prachtcollectie! Wat de Timeless Jewelry betreft heb ik mijn eyecatcher gevonden; Een Mio Trouwring! Bovenaan de lijst staat deze tijdloze designs. Een klassieke trouwring, wie wilt dat nou niet? Goede tip voor jullie om even te kijken op, echt top designs!

  29. If only this would actually be practical in Canada for winter… Once winter hits, the essentials move up to having a down jacket and a cashmere sweater at the very least, along with gloves, a hat and a huge cashmere scarf.

    Otherwise, I could live in something like that the rest of the year.. but I’d be bored as hell

  30. Love the concept! Trying to do this in my everyday life too! Just curious, what do you if you come across a piece (in my case, a blouse) that visually fits your aesthetic but it’s just so uncomfortable to wear (it’s polyester and unbearably stuff)? Do you ditch it? Or will that lead to regret?

    1. Sabrina | afterDRK - ⁄ Reply

      Ditch it! No polyester for me ;)

  31. What do you do with the five pieces after the season? Because after a couple of years you would have a whole bunch of items in your closet that might be out of style/a lot of clothes…

    1. Sabrina | afterDRK - ⁄ Reply

      Good question. I guess if you do it REALLY right, those pieces end up being your all time favorites and you would never ever want to get rid of them. But we’re all humans and after a few years of rotating them, I can imagine you get a little tired of them and I guess selling is the only option? Or hiding them for a while and then see if you start loving them again after a year or so?

      1. Sabrina | afterDRK - ⁄ Reply

        Also, you don’t HAVE to keep buying five pieces. If you think you have enough clothes, why not buy nothing at all?

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