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How to put a minimalist, chic, Parisian look together from items in your wardrobe – Part V

All of my Parisian Style & Wardrobe Posts can be found here.

REMOVE ANYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE TRASHED OR TAILORED

Anything that you aren’t wearing around the house that has holes & looks scrubby, goes in the trash.

Unless you can reuse it as a rag, or reuse it for home renovation projects, do not keep it around and pretend that it is appropriate enough to wear to the grocery store or out to walk the dog.

Anything that needs to be tailored? GET IT DONE.

Gather all of them up, ask yourself whether the garment warrants you spending time and money to tailor it to fit you, and bring it all in.

Enough said.

SORT YOUR WARDROBE BY TYPE THEN COLOUR

This is generally how I think most wardrobes should be organized, first by TYPE, then by colour within the type. Don’t stress or fret too much over making sure all the colours match in a row; the main takeaway of this is making sure all your tops are all on ONE side and easy to see, then all your dresses in one area, then pants, etc. If you want to read more check out my first answer on on how I organize my wardrobe, how to keep an organized wardrobe, organizing and shopping your own closet, how I store my jewellery.

TRY ON EVERYTHING THAT IS LEFT TO CHECK FOR FIT & STYLE

Riiiiiight!? If it doesn’t fit and it’s ugly why the heck would you keep it!? Make sure it fits you and your body now. If you are losing the weight and will foresee fitting back into it, then by all means, keep it… but don’t hang on to things you haven’t worn in 5 years.

PICK ONE BASIC ITEM & BUILD AT LEAST 3 OUTFITS FROM IT

In the mornings I decided on my Anthropologie printed obi belt (a basic item for me) and from there, my entire outfits evolved from that one belt into the following. Note: While not all of them are hits, at least I tried so that I would know what I liked and what I didn’t like. For example: The second outfit with the boots would have been better without the boots….!


KEEP EVERYTHING NEUTRAL & PICK ONE ITEM TO GIVE SOME EDGE

My skirt was a black silk loose skirt with a silk colour-blocked top. It looked very drab to me with all this ivory and black so I picked just one shiny, drusy blue stone necklace to give it a little something.

I could have also gone more punk rock and done chains with spiked rings as well. Either or.

REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS ACCESSORIZE ANY OUTFIT…OR NOT.

No one knows this better than I do. ANY simple outfit of just a t-shirt and jeans can be elevated with a nice handbag, a single necklace, or a great statement ring.

Or, don’t accessorize at all. Keep it super minimalist, clean and chic.

DO A COMFORT CHECK: BEND OVER, SIT, JUMP & RAISE YOUR ARMS

Lastly, when you dress, make sure you are comfortable.

I have seen so many otherwise great-looking and well-kitted women who are just so UNCOMFORTABLE in their outfit, it makes me cringe.

I don’t care how much you spent on those shoes; if you can’t walk in them, keep them for nights where you only take cabs or are sitting down for events.

The key to Parisienne fashion styling is to be comfortable.


Lower-heeled shoes for instance are not the end of the world and will not ruin your outfit or make you less fashionable or chic.

What WILL ruin your outfit is if you wear items that you look and feel uncomfortable in and that is the height of being unfashionable.

All of my Parisian Style & Wardrobe Posts can be found here.


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6 Comments

  1. Tania

    Great tips and I am also a fan of the obi belt.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Can’t live without mine!

      Reply
  2. Michelle

    I lobe that obi belt!! And I think it’s great that you remind people to focus on comfort. The first outfit I love because of the pop of color.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      If you’re not comfy, what’s the point?

      Reply
  3. Taylor Lee @ Engineer Cents

    I need to get rid of much of my already small wardrobe due to (1) horrible wear and tear and (2) it doesn’t fit right/I need to get it tailored.

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      !!!!! DO IT. After your house repairs of course.

      Reply

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