The gist of the 5PFWM is that Americans have a tendency to overload and buy many clothing pieces every season whereas we ought to take inspiration from our French counterparts who are more interested in quality over quantity. The French generally buy five quality wardrobe pieces each season and use that to build a chic but uncluttered wardrobe. As a proponent for quality clothing, I full-heartedly support this wardrobe building theory, most especially because it forces you to really consider what your wardrobe needs in terms of good quality pieces.
My 5PFWM for Fall 2011:
1. A good trench coat. I wrote a post about this wardrobe staple back on November 3rd after doing a bunch of research on different types of trench coats. But it wasn’t until two weeks ago that I actually found my perfect trench coat: a water-repellent fabric, single-breasted with generous A-line cut, shoulder storm flaps and a cute pleat down the back from Anne Klein. What I especially love about the coat I found was that it has a removable wool lining which means this coat can transition well into winter or spring.
2. Aquatalia by Marvin K ‘Royal’ booties. I haven’t finished saving the money for these yet but once I have them I have no doubt that I will wear them for the next several years.
3. A classic black sweater. I don’t know how I survived so long without a flattering black pull-over sweater. It’s so easy to layer with and matches most of my work outfits.
4. Another wrap dress in a fun print. Wrap dresses are so figure flattering and after writing my post on them back on November 8th I really wanted to find a great, wrinkle-free one. I managed to find the perfect one at Nordstrom Rack in a brilliant black and white pattern.
5. A velvet jacket. A black velvet jacket screams winter holidays and this one will go perfectly with my holiday dresses. Plus, I have a huge soft-spot for anything with a peplum and this one has the cutest!
If you had to choose five quality pieces to invest in right now, what would they be?