After peeking into my friends wardrobes, I have come to the conclusion that, thank God, there are some rules hidden behind this always looking great “nonchalance”. One of them starts at home:
Apartments are small, rents are high, time is limited: it’s all about efficiency. Knowing which clothes, shoes and accessories match. Knowing what suits you and what does not. Not keeping anything which you haven’t been wearing for two seasons in a row ( I know I know, this hurts),…
I have actually never seen any of my friends doing any random shopping nor buying more then just that one piece they have in mind. They actually often hate shopping. Its all about knowing what you need and knowing where to buy it. (les soldes, a national event twice a year).
Ok, this part is partly genetic I guess, knowing what to buy. But there is a way to not be pushed to buy things you will never wear. Focus on basics (85 % of your budget) and complete with trends. One of the key lessons I learned from my so stylish friend Kattia, running the Balanciage store in 75008, “ first Avenue Montaigne, then Zara”. And it really works, you will be able to pick the right piece out of the piles of clothes during sales that you will still be wearing years after.
If you have a wedding, party or date. Don’t buy but ask friends. Parisian friends share clothes and often size 36. I was a bit reluctant in the beginning till the day a renown fashion editor I worked with offered me lend me any of her handbags anytime…. besides now officially begin convinced that I loved my life in Paris, I understood that this is what you actually can do and ask for. Imagine all those wardrobes opening their doors…
5. Quality rules
Quality is like style, it’s here to stay. A durable investment. And a financial one since “matieres nobles” like cashmere, silk pure cotton or leather are expensive. Which indirectly solves the lack of space issue in your tiny Parisian apartment
Text & photos by Renée Koudstaal
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