My Husband's Wardrobe



  • Twenty t-shirts / jerseys / Lacoste polos
  • Ten shirts
  • Five suits (three piece)
  • Five pants
  • Five sweaters
  • Two pairs G-Star jeans
  • Two sweatshirts, Surface to Air
  • Two bermuda
  • One pair each athletic shorts, ski, and track pants
  • One Paul Smith winter coat


  • Ten each: Hermès ties and pocket squares (to match his shirts / jacket linings)
  • Ten shoes (not pictured- Tod's, dress shoes, moon boots, and running shoes)
  • Ten socks (solid colors, black, and dark grey, never white)
  • Five belts (organized with ties in large orange box)
  • Wallet (red leather, local French brand)
  • Panerai watch
  • One pair each, glasses and sunglasses (blue Ray-bans with a map of NYC printed inside)
  • Cartier wedding ring
  • Hat (specifically, a chapka)
  • One pair leather gloves for biking / driving, one pair ski gloves

I'm told that by French standards, this wardrobe is quite miniscule, and from what I've seen of other people's closets, it's true. My husband collected these items over the last 20 years of his life. He enjoys shopping and reads Optimum and Monocle and loves everything Tyler Brulé does, but last year, he only bought five items.

My husband plays sports, works full-time, socializes, and travels for work, so he needs formal, professional, and casual wear. He doesn't wear everything at once, using less than 40 pieces per season, counting socks, shoes, underwear, etc. I love the bright colors, a cheery departure from the grey, navy, and beige swathed on every shoulder in the 7ème (including my own). I especially like how his wardrobe makes sharing a closet / doing laundry easier. I can wash everything together, nothing needs much ironing, and my own clothes get plenty of room to breathe.

Typically Rive Gauche mens' outfit combinations (worn with scarves, even in 80° heat):

  • Sweater, collared shirt, colorful pants
  • Cardigan, t-shirt, jeans
  • Suit jacket worn as sport coat, collared shirt, jeans
  • Sport coat, vest, shirt, jeans
  • Sport coat, checked shirt, colored pants
  • Bermuda, cardigan, and Lacoste polo
  • Lacoste polo and colored pants
  • For guys under 40- pants rolled to expose the ankles
In other words, nothing groundbreaking. Many wear colored corduroys reminiscent of George Steinbrenner. This post contains Shopstyle affiliate links. If you click on them, I make a commission. Thanks for your continuing support!
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  1. As usual, thanks for the original and interesting post. I love your blog and look forward to seeing it in my reader, so I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but is there any pattern or schedule you have for publishing posts? I enjoy reading them but I miss certain posts because there seems to be no set reasoning for the dates they appear. That being said, I especially enjoy the wardrobe posts. My husband and I are trying to simplify, but since he works full time in a professional setting, this was a barrier to streamlining his wardrobe. It's nice to see real-life inspiration. Keep up the great posts.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! Because this is a hobby, I don't have any kind of schedule for posts, except approximately whenever I have time- usually weekends, but this weekend we had guests and I didn't get to it. Sorry, I know it isn't really fair to the readers! I'll try to be more consistent in the future. Thanks again!

  2. Ariana, I so appreciate the work you put into this blog. I am what one would probably call a typical American consumer, but your stories and photos have inspired me to look into the way I purchase and use things. Thanks to your example, I am working towards less consumption in 2016.

    1. Thank you so much! Please keep me posted on how it goes this year. What a great goal to strive for!