Wardrobes are a big deal these days.
From the Capsule Wardrobe, Project 333, and the minimalist approach to the 5-Piece French Wardrobe—which is not to be confused with the 10-Piece Wardrobe—and the Kon-Mari Method, there are a million different ways to strategically dress yourself and deal with the contents of your closet.
Allow me to introduce the Modern French Wardrobe, which is less about rules and restrictions and more about what I actually have hanging in my own closet.
These 42-odd pieces will take me through spring and summer. By mixing and matching, I can create outfits for all sorts of occasions. This is partly due to some level of creativity but also because I’ve resigned to looking the same wherever I go.
My style is modern yet timeless. I rely heavily on neutrals and quite obviously have a penchant for black. Since I often end up wearing pieces for years at a time, I opt for classic cuts and invest in high-quality garments whenever I can.
Without further ado, here’s the list! It doesn’t include sleepwear, swimwear, or work out gear, but everything else is hanging in my closet right at this moment (or will be soon…I’m looking at you, white jeans!).
11 Tops: Black drapey tank, black tee, white tee, striped tee, black silk button-up (with the sleeves rolled up!), black tank top, white tank top, creme colored blouse, and a chambray button-up.
3 Sweaters: Black sweater, camel sweater, and black cardigan.
3 Jackets: Dark denim jacket, cropped trench coat, and black leather motorcycle jacket.
5 Dresses: Black crepe dress, black dress with flared skirt, black romper, white dress with embroidery detail, and black tee dress.
7 Bottoms: Black a-line skirt, black skirt with flared hem, light denim shorts, dark denim shorts, dark denim jeans, black jeans, and white jeans.
8 Shoes: Black patent pumps, silver pumps, black high heels, gold high heels, black sandals, nude sandals, white sneakers, and black ballet flats.
7 Accessories: Cat-eye sunglasses, black aviators, black structured purse, black envelope clutch, black Panama hat, black tote bag, and straw tote bag. Plus, I have a small collection of jewelry and a few lightweight scarves that are not shown here.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated on September 13, 2016.