Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Fizz: Is Less Really More?

Only a French woman could look like this while reading. Actually, only Marion Cotillard.

Am I the only one who has seen the French Wardrobe Challenge popping up everywhere - maybe it's a sign?  Well it basically consists of buying just 5 items a season (fall/winter and spring/summer) for a whopping total of 10 items a year (yea this kind of seems impossible to me too).  Granted basics don't count in this total i.e. white t-shirts, black pants, jeans and all that jazz - which makes this challenge a little bit easier.  

While I don't know if I can commit to this challenge (I will give it my best go though) but it did get me to thinking - is less really more?  I've heard that Europeans are happier because they have less, and I know for me at least the more stuff I have the more stuff I want.  

I want to start spending more on quality vs quantity, because cheap clothes don't last that long - like maybe one or two washes. I grew out of my forever 21 phase when I moved to DC,  since the store takes hours to walk through - it is literally the size of an entire block.  A Vince tee might be the cost of 15 forever ones (and that is being generous) but the Vince one will outlast every single one of those and will look about 90 times better too.  

So, I'm off to give this French Wardrobe Challenge a try and maybe I can look an ounce as glamorous while reading as this French Woman does in this picture. 

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  1. I am so intrigued by this challenge! I don’t know if I could 100% do it... but it’s making me re-think my wardrobe. I’m with you on being over F21... that store overwhelms me! Quality over quantity is the way to go.

  2. I agree better quality goes a long way in the long run you saving money.

  3. OMG I wish I could do this, but I'm pretty sure I would never be able to! I like shopping way too much haha! Good luck though! Keep us updated!!

    <3 Shannon

  4. I'm a fan, but I need more pieces to play with ;-)

    Xo Megan

  5. I've seen it everywhere too - I stopped going to Forever 21 after graduating college. As an adult, you need more nice pieces, whether it be for weddings, work events, etc, so it's worth the investment! I don't know if I could only buy 5 pieces each season, but it's a good goal to make!

    The Style Scribe

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  8. I haven't heard of the french wardrobe challenge - sounds super intriguing!! And makes total sense!! However - I don't think I'll be able to do it haha!

  9. I think this really is a great idea! I definitely believe in quality over quantity - I want a piece that will last! But only 10 items per year...ahhh! I think our bank accounts will be smiling :)


  10. Never heard of that challenge before, but it really would be a challenge for me, and I'm european :p

  11. girl this sounds SOOO HARD! but kinda cool and the same time! are you going to do it? if so good luck!

    XO Meghan
    citrus fashion

  12. What?!?! This is crazy! I don't think there's any way I could do that! 10 items per year is crazy! Good luck!!! I can't wait to hear how it goes!

    <3, Pamela

  13. Oh good luck! I've been trying to pare back and go for quality over quantity but it seems to be working better in theory for me than actual practice ;)

    Kristina does the Internets

  14. I thought about the french wardrobe challenge, but it's true, the more you have, the more you want. It's easy to fall into that trap, and the idea of choosing just 10 things would be so hard, because I'd be too afraid to commit to anything. I buy a lot of things I 'think' will work and many don't. Who would have guessed a pair of purple trousers would sit unworn for 5 months? I had so many great ideas when I bought them...
    Chic on the Cheap

  15. I agree that buying more expensive clothes is better than buying A LOT of cheap ones, they are not expensive for no reason. They are expensive cause they have a great quality. In Brazil even the cheap stuff are kinda "expensive", at least for me. I bet I buy 10 pieces per year or even less, not kidding. I hate to spend money cause I always think ill need it in the future. Its sad cause i love fashion and makeup so I miss SO many things on my closet :( I loved the post and beautiful blog :D Love from Brazil :*

  16. I think it's a very good idea. I started doing that 3 years ago and feel much better about my wardrobe.

  17. I've never been heard about French Wardrobe Challenge, but I think it's a very good idea!


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  19. You should try thrift stores and vintage clothing
    I was also more quantity than quality and for some time
    I find clothes like quality, pure silk, wool, virgin etc ...
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  20. I've been hearing a lot about this challenge lately, too. I think it would be SO HARD to only buy 5 things each season, but it would awesome if one could actually pull it off. Good luck! Keep us posted!


  21. Good luck! I have been doing a similar thing lately, it sort of evolved out of blogging, and realizing I was getting way more use out of a few items than the one off trendy items. I do still get those but way less often, and it actually works out to be about the same in terms of budget, but instead of having 5 mid-range handbags that I'm not in love with, I can buy 1 that I am obsessed with.

    Good luck!


  22. This challenge reminds me a lot about the Lessons from Madame Chic book written by Jennifer L. Scott, where she talks about the 10 item wardobre! A must read! =)


  23. Great challenge!!!

  24. What a great topic. I do sometimes look at all that I own and ask myself...'Why?'!'. Investment pieces or staples that can get multiple wears are definitely a good idea but I think it would be definitely a challenge (for me) to stick to only 5-10 pieces a year. I think may give it a try as well. Now that I have most 'staples' I really don't have a reason to buy more...other than impulse! xo-Elaine



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