How I'm Building My 5 Piece French Wardrobe For Winter

by: Rosie Dalton | 2 months ago | Features

Image: our Fashion Editor, Rosie Dalton, wearing the Lucia Jean with the Structured R-Neck Pullover

With the arrival of a new season also comes the desire to fill my closet with beautiful new pieces. Especially when that season is winter and I find myself determined to be as warm as humanly possibly. But with the arrival of this particular winter season, I am seeking to streamline my wardrobe – rather than bulking it up unnecessarily. And this is where the 5 Piece French Wardrobe really comes in handy.

A philosophy that’s designed to help you buy minimally and build a solid rotation of versatile looks with the same core pieces, the 5 Piece French Wardrobe lends boundaries to my winter shopping list. And, restricted to just five new items, I find myself more attuned to those pieces I really do need and why. Which is mostly because of either a) comfort, or b) their ability to pair well with everything else in my wardrobe. For the most part, it is actually both. So this is how I am personally building my 5 Piece French Wardrobe this winter.

1) I am starting with the cosy under-layers

Image: the Long Sleeve Turtle Neck (which has just been re-stocked in sizes 8-18).

If you know me, you know that I am always cold. Like always. Which is why any good winter wardrobe for me consists of a solid foundation of cosy layering pieces like the Long Sleeve Turtle Neck by Woolerina. Crafted from 100% merino wool, it is light while also being incredibly warm. And that means it can be teamed with jeans as well as layered under dresses, depending on the weather.

2) Then anchoring this with a great pair of wear-everywhere jeans

Image: the Lucia Jean in Over Dye Black.

For me, no winter wardrobe (actually no wardrobe any time of the year) would be complete without a great pair of black jeans. And Denimsmith’s Lucia Jean is it for me this season. The high-waist, straight leg fit is super comfortable, while the blackest black colourway also makes the style effortlessly versatile. This jean can easily be worn both out of an evening, or lounging around on the couch.

3) I’m also adding a dressier dress into the mix

Image: the Arrabella Wrap Dress in Black.

I am all about a little black dress, whatever the season. And in winter, a fluid and feminine style like Jillian Boustred’s Arrabella Wrap Dress is perfect, because it can be layered over tights and a form-fitting skivvy, or underneath a really cosy oversized jacket. Which allows this dress to become a hero piece – not to mention one that will always have your back, no matter what the occasion.

4) But offsetting this with some white sneakers

Image: the Esplar Low Leather Sneaker in Extra White.

With that said, I still like to keep things pretty chill (sorry, not sorry) during wintertime. After all, this is the comfiest season of the year. Which usually means sturdy boots or trusty white sneakers instead of fussy heels – or anything that’s crafted in a delicate fabrication and might not fare so well with giant puddles on the pavement. Veja’s Esplar Low Leather Sneaker is perfect because it manages to be both polished, but also pretty chill.

5) Finally, I am investing in the outerwear to pair well with everything

Image: the Stella Blazer in Houndstooth.

In winter I tend to wear a lot of dark tones, which is why I like to lighten things up with a printed jacket like the Stella style by Jillian Boustred. This Houndstooth pattern pairs well with just about everything in my wardrobe, while also breaking up the heavy black and navy hues of the season. Then all I need is a swipe of red lipstick and I’m ready to brave the cold.

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