How many clothing items does it take? The French formula

FRench girl dressing, French Capsule wardrobe, dress like a french girl

You all have seen them, the French capsule wardrobe pins and posts. Most of offer a striped top, some leather, a jacket, and voila, c'est fait. This month Glamour Paris had a more definitive list to finally find your  'intelligent wardrobe'. Of course it includes more than just six pieces, because it may look minimal, but a girl needs her options.  This is what these Glamourettes proposed: 

The closet

FRench girl dressing, French Capsule wardrobe, dress like a french girl


Go for black, find you ideal shape of dress, but don't accumulate fluffy dresses, this means say no to an accumulation of sweater dresses and beach dresses.

My choices:

1. Flannel Dress
2. White Shift dress
3. Ivory Cargo dress  
4. Tie Dye Dress
5. Knot front dress
6. Mesh dress


A black one, preferably a smoking. A navy one. One off duty one. And a traditional one, tweed, herringbone etc.

My choices:

7. Carine Roitfield for Uniqlo Blazer
8. Herringbone blazer 
9. Navy Blue blazer
10. Denim jacket


A black one, a navy one, a grey one and one made of thicker wool.

11. Black merino sweater
12. Chunky sweater
13. Grey V-neck
14. Navy sweater

Six T-shirts

 Two white ones, find your favorite cut. Three in nice colors that suit you. And a striped one, of course.

15.White tee
16. Silk Top
17.Graphic Tee
18. Ruffle tee
19. Slub Cotton tee or in Bordeaux
20. Black ribbed tee or ribbed tank top
21 Striped top

Seven blouses

Two masculine ones, white, blue stripe, grey. A denim shirt. Two fantasy blouses, lace, prints.  Two silk ones.

22. Striped blouse
23. White silk blouse
24. Denim shirt
25. Print blouse
26. Embellished blouse
27. Black silk blouse  

Five pair of pants

Two classic pair, a leather legging, two off duty type of pants such as chinos, cargos.

28 Black cropped pants
29. Black wide leg pants
30. White Corduroys
31 Leather leggings
32 Cargo pants

Four pair of jeans

A ripped or vintage pair, a dark one, a cool pair, and a white one.

33 Destructed Jeans
34. Black Jeans
35 White jeans
36. Straight leg cropped jeans

Six other warm tops

Three nice knits, two cardigans, and a sweatshirt

37. Sleeveless Turtleneck
38. Cableknit sweater
39. Sweatshirt
40. Black cardi
41. Beige Cardi
42. Cropped top

I also love the Tippi ones in bright colors

Four skirts:

As with the dresses, go for a fit that suits you, but don't buy too many shapeless ones.

43. Suede skirt
44. Grey skirt
45. Leather skirt
46. Black denim skirt

Get the essentials:

Last day of the Shopbop event/ what I bought

Shopbop sale event
I have most of my fall/winter wardrobe sorted, so it was easy to choose what to get from the Shopbop Family event. I am especially excited about the booties, and the cute and versatile Ace&Jig dress.

1. Rails plaid shirt/when buying Rails shirts buy the ones that are 60/40 cotton/rayon, they are the best!
2. The Great ruffle tee/Becoming quite obsessed with their tees and sweaters.
3. Ace&Jig dress/perfect for weekends, and so cute with the booties.
4. Ray-Ban Wayfarer
5. James Perse Leggings/ affordable and perfect
6. Dufflebag, it is just the right size.
7. Studded Booties Didn't want to go too high with the heel, and they had to have straps, love the higher shaft. Snagged one of the last pairs in my size, they are going fast!
8. Another Madewell hit. Almost sold out!

What French Girls will be wearing this fall

French girl outfit, French wardrobe

 For cool collabs, leave it to the French. Maje and Claudie Pierlot really hit is out of the park with their latest. Sure we are all waiting for Balmain for H&M, but there you will have to wait in line, try to find something in the frenzy, and let's face it, a week later you look at your buys and wonder why you succumbed.
MAJE is quietly expanding, but Claudie Pierlot is still a French girl secret, and with their collaboration with the ultimate Breton Stripes company Saint James, they nailed it. Check out their ClaudieX James video, and you are in luck Claudie Pierlot now ships to several European countries and you can find it also at Selfridges, like this adorable striped pouch from the collection!

French girl outfit, French wardrobe

French girl outfit, French wardrobe

French girl outfit, French wardrobe

Maje teamed up with Minnetonka. French girls were already wearing the comfy boots all winter, and now they have an even more stylish option. Check the video here, and get the high boots here and the low ones (my favorites!) here.

French girl outfit, French wardrobe

French girl outfit, French wardrobe

French girl outfit, French wardrobe

Fashion trends: Isabel Marant preppy edge on a budget

Fashion trends Isabel marant etoile fall 2015 boots coat sneakers shoes

Gucci send geeky girls down the runway wearing trench coats, pom beanies and loafers. In her Etoile look book Isabel Marant reinterprets the trend, in a very laid back Franch way.  The look book has this cool Fame like vibe of ballerina's hanging out after practice, and provides a ton of inspiration, for the layering seasons. I have my eye on a Etoile knit, sweatshirt and skirt. But it is quite simple to emulate that nonchalant cosy look with more affordable items, I really like the dress and blouse in that category.

And talking about affordable fashion, Lakenmoon was featured in IFB links a la mode, in the company of some great blogs. There are lots of other post about upgrading your look this fall, without spending all your hard earned cash. Scroll all the way down for the links to their awesome posts.

The Isabel Marant Etoile items worn here:
1. Hat
2. Trench Coat
3. Cardigan
4. dress
5. cropped trousers 
6. Loafers

The budget version:
1. get a Pom beanie here and here
2. trench coat this or this one
3. cardigan try this chunky one
4. for a cute viscose dress, try this one at the Reformation or get the effect with a printed blouse like this Zara one or this very cute one
5. cropped trousers, they have great ones at COS
6. moccasins of courser go with the originals Mukluks or Minnetonkas

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Links à la Mode, September 10
SPONSOR: Amazon's Shopbop WAYF, James Perse, M Missoni, L.K. Bennett, Equipment, Tie Neck Blouses, Plaid Blouses, Leather Pants, Lace Dresses, Men's Crew Neck Sweatshirts

Seventies florals: This skirt ticks all the boxes for fall

Cute outfits for fall, miniskirt

Corduroy, floral, mini and super cute, Topshop did it with this one. Of course you can wear it with a simple tee and sneakers, but this fall you can get away with wearing it mod and super sweet. Give it some kick by adding tougher accessories like the Mansur Gavriel tote and a lobe cuff.

Skirt by Topshop
Alpaca Sweeter by A.L.C.
Tote by Mansur Gavriel
Lobe cuff by MariaFrancescaPepe
sunglasses by Karen Walker
Flats by Valentino
the prettiest double duty pink Lip2Cheek in Promise by R.M.S.

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