French 5 Piece Wardrobe / Spring 2014 Update

14 May

French 5 Piece Wardrobe Spring 2014

My post earlier this year on my French 5 Piece Wardrobe experiment has gotten a lot of interest due to it going viral on Pinterest, so I figured I'd let everyone know how it's going so far.

I think I'm pretty well set for spring of 2014, though several of the items I got are basics so I may or may not replace it with another item if I come across something I absolutely love.

Here's my five so far for spring/summer:

  1. A pair of birkenstock like sandals.  Mine are from Zara and I love that they are a more minimal take on the trend.  I had said earlier I wanted a sandal that followed a trend and these were perfect.
  2. Two new bikini's (I'm counting these as one purchase).  My old ones were busted and I really needed new ones for this spring and summer.  I went with leopard and black so I can mix and mach them.
  3. A pair of leopard track pants.  I bought these while in South America this past February.  They were in the window and I just HAD to have them.  I haven't gotten to wear them just yet, but once it gets warmer out I'll be living in these.
  4. A new trench coat.  I've been wanting a classic style one for a long time, so I finally found this Zara one on eBay and bit the bullet.  This is a basic though so I won't limit myself and may replace it with something else.
  5. Plain, mid-heeled boots.  These were more of a winter purchase though I knew they'd get me into spring.  I've worn these almost daily since I got them in February.  They literally go with everything!  I may purchase a second pair just so I have them for one the current ones wear out.  These are also a basic, so I may not include these as part of my current 5 come summer.

I also followed through on my quest for a minimalist wardrobe, and succeeded to whittling down my closet to only 60 pieces.  I'm not joking.  My goal was 50 pieces but 60 is where I got to and I'm happy with that.  This number doesn't include PJ's, unmentionables or work out clothing but does include everything else.  To be honest I absolutely love my new closet.  It's way easier to get dressed in the morning having less choices believe it or not.  It's also made me be more creative with how I layer and pair what I have.

After living with the new 60 piece wardrobe for the past few months I think I may have a need for more loose, breezy summer dresses.  Most of what I have are bodycon which is the last thing I want to wear when it's hot out.  So I may replace my trench or boots in this round-up with two new dresses.  I have time to decide on them though.  I also think I may start looking for some delicate, minimalist jewelry pieces.  Luckily jewelry and accessories doesn't count on this method so that should tide me over on my shopping fixes.

All in all so far this method has really made me reconsider how I shop.  I'm much more mindful of my purchases.  Since I only get 5 every 6 months, I need to be sure what I get will go with everything in my closet.  So it's eliminated impulse purchases.  Because of this I've also been able to splurge on more expensive, higher quality items because I'm not impulsively shopping all the time.  I love it!

Stay tuned for my French 5 Piece Wardrobe summer update in the next few months.  I'll keep you posted on where I'm at.

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5 Responses to “French 5 Piece Wardrobe / Spring 2014 Update”

  1. Tanisha Shulamit May 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM #

    A minimalist closet is the best…if you don’t include shoes. I have a shoe addiction. Really, but I am working on it.

    • Corrie May 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM #

      I can relate, my weakness is handbags. Lucky for me they’re counted as accessories on this strategy and I can still have them.

  2. R May 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM #

    Love your blog!!!
    Great photos and fashion

    Would love if you could check out mine!!

  3. Amy May 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM #

    I think this is such a smart idea. I’m pretty sure I’ve torn through my closet all spring and screamed “but I have nothing to weeeaaar!” which let’s face it, is never true. I love eclectic pieces from thrift shops so that might make the minimalist thing tricky, but I guess if those are already incorporated into your 50 piece wardrobe, you just make sure your 10/year compliment everything else. I haven’t heard of this before so thanks for sharing!

    • Corrie May 18, 2014 at 6:35 PM #

      I love unique, vintage pieces as well as thrifting. This method has really helped me be more mindful of what I get when I thrift, which is really helpful. I don’t just buy things for the sake of them being cheap anymore. I’ll only buy it if I adore it and will wear it a lot, being I can only get 5 pieces a season.

      It’s for sure doable for any type of wardrobe (minimalist of not), so if you try it be sure to check back and let me know how it works out for you!

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