I recently cleaned out the closet of Julie Hafer, an aesthetician and owner of Beauty Ethics skincare and cosmetics.
Julie, a Raleigh native, has been a Francophile since childhood and spent her senior year of college in France. She loves the French women’s aesthetic, which is minimalist and basic with unique accessories. This is what her closet looks like now:
When we cleaned out her closet, we followed French women’s clothing philosophy.
“In American culture people over-consume,” she said. “French wardrobe staples are classic and better quality and simpler. French women are not trend obsessed. They are not perfection-seeking. They don’t even find that attractive.”
She added: “They don’t do airbrushing or perfect hair. There is a bit of mess with their style. If they do a nice bold lip, they have messier hair. If their hair is perfect, they wear no makeup.”
Because they don’t seek the trends, they waste less. (I think I love the French!)
One of their concepts is to look “soigné,” which means cared for, she said. In other words, you put effort into your look, but it’s not perfection. And if you do not seek perfection or follow trends, you save money and have a better self-esteem.
French style fits Julie’s lifestyle.
We left Julie just the basics in her closet: jeans, black pants, very few prints and very few dresses.
“I don’t shop often,” she said. “I often shop online because you can add filters and make sure you don’t get sidetracked. If I go into a store, I sometimes get sidetracked and buy something I don’t need.”
Of course if you want help creating a closet like Julie’s we are available! And then we turn you over to Sheon the Stylist, who will help you create outfits and find your style, whether it’s French minimalism or something else.
Post Script: Julie recently visited Paris and went to a consignment shop. Here are some photos from her visit. As you can see, it’s all classic basics and not many prints. Basics are key to a wardrobe because you can mix and match your clothes, instead of having a print shirt that only goes with one pair of pants in your closet.