The 4-5 piece French wardrobe #2 - Page 56 - the Fashion Spot
 
How to Join
02-09-2011
  826
front row
 
Susann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Europe!
Gender: femme
Posts: 277
So far I have bought the following for F/W:
light blue shirt
cream coloured long arm cotton shirt ...though not 100 % sure I will count it, as it's mostly for layering against the cold.


I'm planning to buy:
a new warm jacket
a light brown wool cardigan
pair of pants, but not sure which kind...

it's so hard to do the french wardrobe...all the time new things pop into my head I'd like to buy. But I'm just getting started. I think after a few seasons of wiser shopping I will not need to restock all the time. I just haven't bought anything I really needed in the previous seasons so there are some things (like a new pair of pants) I desperately need to hold my wardrobe together

 
05-09-2011
  827
tfs star
 
Melisande's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Paris
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,815
Quote:
Originally Posted by fashionista-ta View Post
Maybe "me with a bunch of bankers," but still me.

I would think maybe buy a pair, wear the oxfords, and surely you have a few more that'll pass? But I would think 2-3 pairs should be sufficient.
Me with a bunch of bankers, that's a good way to look at it. Actually since moving to Paris I whittled down my wardrobe to an almost extreme minimum, including shoes...so the increased turnover speed requires more frequent updating, annoyingly. The wardrobe worked perfectly for my life until now, but I think you are right, I do need a few more pairs to replace the deceased. 2~3 sounds good! Once again Ta-ta merci bien, t'es trop gentille


Last edited by Melisande; 05-09-2011 at 10:28 AM.
 
05-09-2011
  828
tfs star
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Denmark
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,925
So, I'm a bit quiet ATM. Just started my teaching studies so I'm busy with school, homework and getting to know my classmates.

Have done a bit of shopping though. A month ago I tried on a gorgeous leather skirt but I was a good girl and ended up not buying it. This weekend a found an even better skirt at a thrift store - for only 10 dollars. Of course I bought it. It was on my list - along with a pencil skirt and since the leather skirt is in a pencil shape, I now have both. 2 birds with one stone.

Found a black bowler hat and tried it on for fun, at found out that it actually looked very cute - on me! I took it home. Fortunately it was cheap (from H&M) and I think it will add a nice edge to many of my outfits. This is not one of my 5 pieces, since I do not count accesories, since I rarely buy them.

I also bought a pleated, black midiskirt with tiny grey stars on it. This wasn't on my list, but was very cute and cheap as well. I think it is a great garnment, but I still haven't decided wether it will be living in my closet. It is cute, suits me well and I have outfits planned, which incorporates it, but I do not want to stuff my closet, and I only want things that I absolutely LOVE, so I'm not sure about wether it is staying or moving in with someone who will love it to the end of time.

I've reached a point where I'm very good at avoiding buying cheap stuff from highstreet stores as H&M (actually, I can't remember when I last bought something from H&M, besides the hat - and stockings), but for some reason I do not have the same ability when it comes to thrift store shopping, and I think it is because I do not want to limit myself.
I'm thinking about wether to make and exception regarding thrift store shopping. I know that even thought it is rediculously cheap, it can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run, but I do not think that I use more than 20 bucks thrift store shopping each month, and for that money I get really good stuff, which I almost always end up loving. And that joy I do not want to keep from myself. But of course this also mean that I end up with a lot more than 5 items pr. season. I'm already at 5 items now (starting from 1st of july) with my new skirts. So, I'm thinking about making the rule, that thrift store shopping doesn't count, as long as I am aware the amount of money spend, and still think about wether an item will fit into my wardrobe, my style and my quality demands.

Pheeeeeew, long post. Kudos if any of you manage to get through it

My new buys:






Aaaand the skirt that I'm not sure wether I'll keep or not. Maybe I'll give it a trial period. I definetly see it functioning, but as I wrote earlier, I'm not sure if I loooove it, and wether I should keep it in my closet, if I do not (no money lost, it costed the same as a small ice cream ).

The real lenght is the one at the 1st picture, but it can easily be adjusted.




 
06-09-2011
  829
front row
 
timber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Vancouver
Gender: femme
Posts: 213
I'm long overdue for a wardrobe overhaul. The past year I've been super broke and working crappy jobs, so the only major purchase I made for f/w last year was a Filippa K leather skirt I bought from a consignment store for $75.

Now I am finally not just using my paycheque to pay down my student loans, I have a little more than a 4-5 purchase list -- but I think it's fair, cause I didn't really buy anything last fall -- and half of what I have is falling apart from use.

The List:
1. Crisp White Button Up
2. Soft Black Dress Pants
3. Fitted Blazer (Grey)
4. Ballet Flats5. White Lace Dress
6. Black Work Dress
7. Silk Shirt
8. Striped Cotton Boat Neck Shirt
9. Knit Sweater
10. Wool Skirt

So, nothing crazy -- just filling the obvious holes in my wardrobe. The only thing I've found so far is the blazer - I bought a Theory one at a consignment shop for $25, which fits like it was tailored. I'm so happy I didn't have to spend a ton!

__________________
http://www.111wpm.com/
 
06-09-2011
  830
tfs star
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Denmark
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,925
Quote:
Originally Posted by timber View Post
I'm long overdue for a wardrobe overhaul. The past year I've been super broke and working crappy jobs, so the only major purchase I made for f/w last year was a Filippa K leather skirt I bought from a consignment store for $75.

Now I am finally not just using my paycheque to pay down my student loans, I have a little more than a 4-5 purchase list -- but I think it's fair, cause I didn't really buy anything last fall -- and half of what I have is falling apart from use.

The List:
1. Crisp White Button Up
2. Soft Black Dress Pants
3. Fitted Blazer (Grey)
4. Ballet Flats5. White Lace Dress
6. Black Work Dress
7. Silk Shirt
8. Striped Cotton Boat Neck Shirt
9. Knit Sweater
10. Wool Skirt

So, nothing crazy -- just filling the obvious holes in my wardrobe. The only thing I've found so far is the blazer - I bought a Theory one at a consignment shop for $25, which fits like it was tailored. I'm so happy I didn't have to spend a ton!
Good lock with the project.

My experience is, that a white shirt can be bought cheaper, without the quality being bad. I bought one @ Vero Moda (Danish High Street brand), but I know that many like Zaras quality of shirts. Just a tip

 
 
06-09-2011
  831
backstage pass
 
aldn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Gender: homme
Posts: 897
Great finds betin! I too cannot resists the allure of thrift shops! I wear sizes that are slightly bigger than the ones you typically find in stores so most of my clothes are secondhand. Even when I could fit clothes in stores I still loved vintage/thrift finds just because you can find so many unique things.

__________________
"The one thing that always scares me is to be like the Miss America of the moment, because next year there is a new Miss America" - Alber
 
06-09-2011
  832
tfs star
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Denmark
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,925
Quote:
Originally Posted by aldn View Post
Great finds betin! I too cannot resists the allure of thrift shops! I wear sizes that are slightly bigger than the ones you typically find in stores so most of my clothes are secondhand. Even when I could fit clothes in stores I still loved vintage/thrift finds just because you can find so many unique things.
Thx a lot and yes, thriftstores are like treasurechests. I can not pass a thrift store without entering it.

 
06-09-2011
  833
#Resist
 
fashionista-ta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Hardly ever at Barney's
Gender: femme
Posts: 16,083
I like the star skirt, Betinapple

Five total (bearing in mind the concept is five key) pieces can be overly restrictive, especially if you've had recent seasons where you've bought very little. I definitely bought more than five this past season ... probably will buy less than five this coming season (especially since I splashed out in a major way on the first piece!).

I would just try to find some way of defining key (other than cost) that works for you. That way you won't end up with an overflowing, unmanageable closet.

I must admit that I like antiquing--just not for clothes Anyone who's read the How do you set your table? thread knows what my weakness is I've been telling myself for some days now that I don't need another teapot Not to mention that my $$$$ is about to go for a very exciting visit from the tree trimming guy. I have a pecan that's nearly 150 years old that just had a major limb crack ...

__________________
There's a need for more individuality today, and my job is to cater to women, not dictate to them.
--Alber Elbaz
 
06-09-2011
  834
#Resist
 
fashionista-ta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Hardly ever at Barney's
Gender: femme
Posts: 16,083
Quote:
Originally Posted by Melisande View Post
Me with a bunch of bankers, that's a good way to look at it. Actually since moving to Paris I whittled down my wardrobe to an almost extreme minimum, including shoes...so the increased turnover speed requires more frequent updating, annoyingly. The wardrobe worked perfectly for my life until now, but I think you are right, I do need a few more pairs to replace the deceased. 2~3 sounds good! Once again Ta-ta merci bien, t'es trop gentille
You are most welcome

I know what you mean ... when you really whittle (even sticking to a capsule wardrobe with other clothes around), you do see the impact in terms of things wearing out.

However, especially given how obvious trends in footwear can be, I think sometimes that is no bad thing. Better to get your money's worth and move on sometimes, than to be stuck with something that's screaming about an era now past ...

__________________
There's a need for more individuality today, and my job is to cater to women, not dictate to them.
--Alber Elbaz
 
07-09-2011
  835
fashion insider
 
advo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Gender: femme
Posts: 2,236
I got my cashmere scarf on my list - got a very soft and big one from COS for a pretty good price. They also have a matching beanie - I think I'll get that too even if it's not on my list because my ears are always cold in the winters.

Instead of a cashmere knit - I was originally going to get this from Zara

zara

but I didn't think the v-neck and length was flattering on me so I'm thinking about getting something like this from Acne instead


acne

if I can find it in grey since I'm not fond of very light coloured knits. It's a wool and polyamid mix so it also depends on how it feels on the skin. Alternatively, this angora knit from Acne in bordeaux which I'm craving for FW11


youheshe

My only concern is that I hate shedding but supposedly it stops after wash.

I'm going to try to stick very closely to the 4-5 pieces just because I think I need the restraint. Also, because jewellery doesn't count for me :p

I've down-prioritised getting a new wintercoat since I do have a couple that still work but I still desperately need rain boots. For rain coat, I'm eyeing one from Burberry but the price is a little out of my budget for new.

 
07-09-2011
  836
fashion insider
 
advo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Gender: femme
Posts: 2,236
Actually, here's my ideal sweater from Rag & Bone (past season)


lagarconne

Want it desperately! Does anyone have any suggestions?

 
07-09-2011
  837
tfs star
 
Melisande's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Paris
Gender: femme
Posts: 1,815
Quote:
Originally Posted by fashionista-ta View Post
than to be stuck with something that's screaming about an era now past ...
Aaahahahah ...too funny!

Update: After asking around and starting working with these people, turns out Parisian business fashion is far more laid back than both the US and Japan. Women dressed in dark jeans, tanks and dresses (albeit looking very polished with statement necklaces and Mulberry bags)...I have not seen a tie yet on my male clients...you were right, turns out my wardrobe is on the creative side, yet not inappropriate

I am, however, supported in a major way by my pearl necklace. Quirky items can be boosted to propriety with a little white gleam and gorgeous shoes.

Shoes and a few more tees must be added, and will see to cold-weather items in a few weeks.

 
08-09-2011
  838
backstage pass
 
RedandNavy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Switzerland
Gender: femme
Posts: 742
Betinapple: You look so lovely in your pictures! Actually my husband saw them and immediatly asked whether you were some famous model You have always such a positive and warm look!

4-5 pieces: Initially I thought I could live with what I have for this season. I realized that is not realistic BUT I will try to really stick with 4 to 5 pieces this season. Financially it looks better than expected so I think 4 to 5 good pieces should be fine. I have some wish pieces already.

Actually I ordered a gorgeous silk sweater by Jason Wu that I had in my wish list for nearly a year and that was now available with 60% off. BUT when it arrived it was a bit damaged in two spots and it was the first thing I saw. It really hurt because it was so beautiful but I the way it looked it felt that it was of a VERY delicate quality that could easily damage. So I decided to send it back I'm still heartbroken but I'm not really ready to pay for a broken garment. And it was still a considerable amount, even with the reduction.

 
08-09-2011
  839
backstage pass
 
RedandNavy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Switzerland
Gender: femme
Posts: 742
Advo: I love the Acne pieces. Actually, I love their style in clothing but I guess it wouldn't really suit me. So cool though!

 
08-09-2011
  840
front row
 
Lapin de Lune's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: UK
Gender: femme
Posts: 455
I am actually done for the time being, perhaps until spring, which feels rather strange now, after so much planning and consideration. I am also flat broke on the clothing fund front, so this is especially helpful by way of actually keeping me focused on being...done.

__________________
danse de lune
 
Closed Thread
Previous Thread | Next Thread »

Tags
#2, 45, french, piece, wardrobe
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

monitoring_string = "058526dd2635cb6818386bfd373b82a4"


 
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:55 AM.
Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
TheFashionSpot.com is a property of TotallyHer Media, LLC, an Evolve Media LLC company. 2018 All rights reserved.