the way to shop…

Posted 02/24/11 by Kate Arends

If she can’t afford it, she won’t buy it. If it doesn’t fit (or make her feel good, or flaunt what she’s got), she won’t wear it. If she can’t find it, she won’t compromise. If she loves it, she won’t toss it. She reuses it, rethinks it, lets it age.

When a French girl shops, it isn’t a solitary act of buying something new. It’s part of a lifelong process of editing her environment, making small but meaningful additions to her home, her closet, her life.

When you shop like a French girl, you buy only one of anything – and make sure it’s the best quality you can afford.

– from Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl, via Andrea

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  1. I love this! Now if I could only exude the coolness those girls seem to be born with…

    Feb 24 2011 | Rachel
  2. such good advice! 🙂

    Feb 24 2011 | Felicia
  3. what great advise! those french girls really know what their doing!

    Feb 24 2011 | erin
  4. I love this, I was just talking about how I’m tired of buying flash in the pan fashion and waste..and how I want to build my surroundings and closet with art and meaningful things!

    Feb 24 2011 | Krystal/Village
  5. This is how I’ve always shopped. I don’t have anywhere near the amount of clothes that I find in other ladies closets, but I love all my clothes.

    Feb 24 2011 | This Much
  6. I actually read that book a couple months ago. It has lots of similar sage advice about how to live the french way (i.e. quality over quantity).

    Feb 24 2011 | Joanna
  7. GREAT advice. I must remember this, because I have too much of what I don’t really want. Bummer!

    Feb 24 2011 | m.fay
  8. This is brilliant. And such a smart way to look at consuming…

  9. this is great! i want to start shopping like this

    Feb 24 2011 | Emma
  10. What great advice! As I get older, I realize it’s time to phase out Forever 21 and follow this philosophy…

    Feb 25 2011 | Ashley @ Susie B. Mag
  11. i wish i had that kind of restraint./ i just wish i was French period.

    Feb 25 2011 | Lisa
  12. <3

    Feb 26 2011 | esb
  13. I want to shop like this and spend my days reading in a little cafe, or at least I want a weekend in Paris.

    Feb 28 2011 | Megan C
  14. good advise and worth to try out for the own life!
    I am not sure but I think I have a source for the photo. If I am not wrong, here is the blog from the french girl shown: she is a fashion blogger from Paris 🙂

    Feb 28 2011 | Jana
  15. Such good advice and yet somehow so hard to follow. Too often I find myself buying something new for a specific event or because I need a pick me up. Maybe if I followed this philosophy I wouldn’t be tempted so easily. Ahhh French girls…

    Feb 28 2011 | Lindsay
  16. Love this! x

    Feb 28 2011 | Claire
  17. French girl isn’t that smart if she smokes.

    Mar 01 2011 | Nan
  18. This is brilliant advice!

    Mar 01 2011 | Jessica
  19. Oh lands, I absolutely love this post! I saved the photo and am copying the quote for sure. Lovely, lovely.

    Such a true and beautiful quote! Thanks so much for sharing.


  20. I LOVED that book. Such fabulous advice! xo Lola

    Mar 01 2011 |
  21. I’ve been living by this since the day I got my first part-time job. My Nana took me aside and said, “V – now that you have your own money, I expect you to buy high quality things. Even if you can only afford one item a year.”


    Mar 03 2011 | Victoria
  22. LOVE this post! It has definitely inspired me to do a closet cleanse and start fresh for spring with the mindset of a chic Parisien woman!

    Mar 04 2011 | Katie
  23. I love that book! I read it years ago, I should go read it again. I also love French Women Dont get Fat 🙂

    Mar 04 2011 | Lindsay