I've Been a Wardrobe Stylist for 10 Years—This Is My 6-Piece French Capsule

French-inspired capsule wardrobe

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@tamaramory

The French-girl wardrobe is fascinating for a number of reasons: it's simple, timeless, and effortless. And the quest for the right pieces to achieve it can easily become a lifelong endeavor. We could spend all day figuring out how to emulate the key elements that make French style so good, and if you're a consistent Who What Wear reader, you know that we do spend a considerable amount of time on the topic. 

We're hardly the only sartorial Francophiles, either. We chatted with an NYC-based wardrobe stylist who is also enamored with the simplicity of French style. Meet Bryn Taylor, a stylist of 10 years who recently launched her own brand, Ouisa, which she hopes will help others to hone their capsule wardrobes.

"While I love fashion and understand the power of clothing to change people's mindsets," Taylor shared with us, "I noticed that my clients often expressed frustration over the paralysis of choice within their wardrobes and shopping for clothes in general. They wanted to create an easy, cool, signature style but lacked the confidence and tools to do so. I would always advocate for a smaller, more thoughtful wardrobe consisting of pieces they could depend on in any situation, and seamlessly mix and match. Essentially, a capsule collection. I kept noticing that the foundational pieces my clients' wardrobes were missing were the same tried and true essentials I depended on in my own wardrobe."

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Coni Tarallo; Courtesy of Ouisa

After so many years of championing an edited capsule wardrobe in both her personal and professional lives, Taylor has assembled what she deems to be the perfect one. She may be based in NYC, but after spending time speaking with both French and American women living in Paris, she learned that they rely on a uniform mentality of sorts that eschews trend-driven pieces for more timeless and comfortable choices. Instead, they've acquired a streamlined formula that usually consists of the same pieces worn in slightly different ways.

While Taylor's line offers her specific perspective on each staple, and does indeed ship to the UK, we also sourced options from other retailers that will suit a range of budgets, sizes, and tastes. So with that, continue on to discover and shop the six-piece French-inspired capsule wardrobe that stands the test of time.

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@leiasfez

"Not every button-down is created equal. I wanted to focus on one that felt both put together and laid back, depending on how you wear it. Ours has a slightly oversize fit with subtle, dropped shoulders. These elements provide that laid-back quality, while the stretch cotton feels special and not too casual."

"A good black blazer is the cornerstone of every stylish wardrobe, and it's something I rely on almost daily. Many people equate blazers with work wardrobes, but they are so much more. Look for styles with a slightly longer, looser silhouette that drapes beautifully."

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@salome.mory

"The Mock Neck does double duty as a layering piece or a standalone. It helps balance the larger silhouettes of your button-downs, blazers, and trousers. Rib knit is a unique texture that's fitted yet flattering because adding something fitted to your capsule wardrobe is always a smart option."

"A black trouser is essential, and will help you to feel put together yet not too formal. Of course, you can match them with a co-ordinating blazer for a modern take on a suit, but they're just as impactful on their own with your other pieces."

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Coni Tarallo; Courtesy of Ouisa

“You should also invest in a nice top that you can rely on for low-key evenings out. It serves as an elevated top that can be chic on its own, or complementary under your blazers."

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@frannfyne

“Leggings are perhaps the most contemporary addition to a French-inspired capsule, and this one is not your typical legging. Look for pairs that are most substantial in fabrication, and they’ll be the epitome of polished comfort dressing."

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