how to curate a minimalist wardrobe like a french girl
This isn't going to work. And it's not you, its me. I'm just not as gracefully elegant, waify, and elusive as I once thought. I have no 'je ne sais quoi' to speak of. Perhaps I'm too young. For certain I'm too American. But if the last month and a half has taught me anything, its that the effortlessness of minimalist dressing is a false proposition. It's a paradox bordering on utopian thought. If only we lived in a world where women never have to try, but sadly that world does not exist, even for the femme fatales overseas who simply look like they don't try. My inside sources tell me that is completely untrue.
When I decided to venture into the 5 Piece French Wardrobe experiment, the fashion editor and stylist within me had an ego the size of Texas. I thought to myself, surely my experience would not fail me once I slash my closet in half and practically reinvent my personal style to that of a classic uniform. And believe me, no one craves minimalism in their epiphany-laden life more so than me right now, but the very concept has been more rut-producing than liberating. And honestly, it might just be the notion of "classics" to begin with. Is it really a closed circle concept in black and white? Perhaps we all jumped too quickly at thinking this was a saving grace alternative to mass consumerism. As Jess once pointed out on her insightful blog, classics are really only classics in a context of time, events, and culture. A Breton striped shirt was not always the must-have we make it out to be now, but rather an indicator of lower class and peasantry in England. Lest we forget that as exceptionally classic and well made as an item is, eventually everything will become worn out, especially when one's wardrobe is infact limited to a handful of tightly edited options. Even Ivania from Love Aesthics is the first to point out the many frayed edges, ripped seams, and fizzling vibrancy of the minimalistic pieces she wears to death. For me, life is not a movie. In real life, my wonderfully tailored white shirts have sweat stains. I wonder if French women sweat. Ever.
With more thought and time I am sure I will discover the captivating essence of this classic wardrobe business, but what I really can’t wrap my mind around at the moment is how we can curb our enthusiasm for fashion while nurturing a desire to acquire less of it. Is the idea of having a classic wardrobe that we will buy less AND want less? I mean I feel as if I could survive this cold turkey lifestyle change, but that's not to say I've completely abandoned my Pandora's box of emotions as a woman. Pretty things are my Achilles heel, and the lust for a new dress or handbag will hardly cease to exist. Where is there room for experimentation and evolution in our classic wardrobes? A minimal life is not necessarily one of deprivation. Frankly, I’m not interested in depriving myself at all. On the other hand, abundance and having EVERYTHING one desires or has the means to get, isn’t necessarily a life of luxury at all. It can be overwhelming to have too many things. Don't you think?
CLASSICS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE THEM
Whether your aesthetic leans towards master of the mix or classic with a twist, the elements of singular personal style have three things in common:
Confidence. Getting dressed without regard for what others might think takes a certain inner strength and self-awareness. In matters of personal style, what really counts is owning and loving your look.
An aversion to authority. Fashion empires are built around telling women what items they must have in their wardrobes, what’s in or out and exactly what trends to follow. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, the fearless among us usually don’t like to be told what to do. We’ll wear what we want, when we want and how we want….thank you very much. Rule breaking is the name of the game.
Playfulness. Experimentation and embracing a sense of humor are surefire catalysts to sartorial innovation. Nothing’s more boring than an overall look that’s too precious or over-thought. Relax, its just fashion. Already have a signature look established? Tweaking a favorite ensemble every so often keep things fresh. A new accessory here, a different shoe there…No major surgery required.source: real simple
What’s your recipe for classic minimalist style?