French style is consistently alluring given the fashion set’s effortless approach to dressing. As a result, we, the editors at WWW, follow a range of Parisians on Instagram for outfit ideas that are easy and chic. After scrolling through a slew of images, it became evident that there are a few elegant basics many women in Paris are wearing and seemingly prioritising over other basics. Oh, and by elegant basics, we’re referring to those highly versatile items that are simple but refined and sleek.
Below, you’ll uncover the elegant basics in question, showcased by some of our favourite French follows. You’ll notice that each basic acts as a foundational element in each look and could also be styled with a range of other items. If you’re interested in adding one of the pieces to your own capsule wardrobe, there are shopping recommendations that would totally be approved by Parisians.
Style Notes: A satin skirt is about as elegant as it gets. You can wear one with anything on top, and you’ll have yourself a chic look.
I love that there’s a matching shirt, too.
This is incredibly versatile. Wear it with sneakers or boots during the day then switch to heels come evening.
This longline skirt comes in seven different colours and prints.
Perfect for party season.
Style Notes: Tailored jackets with a cinched-in silhouette are trending hard right now and create a sleek, refined silhouette.
I can’t believe how affordable this is.
An elevated take on the classic blazer.
Pinstripes will always look chic.
A simple colour palette is the key to the Parisian look.
Style Notes: There’s no denying the ease of a white tee. A fitted style like this one is just so elegant with a skirt or pair of jeans.
I’m into this loose fit.
An everyday kind of tee.
If you prefer boxier cuts, try this Joseph style.
Use this V-neck option to show off layered necklaces.
Style Notes: A button-down shirt is inherently chic. While white shirts are a forever favorite among the French style set, blue styles are another top pick.
The perfect relaxed fit.
There’s something so luxe about a satin shirt, no matter the price point.
This shade of blue is so expensive-looking.
BRB, I’m off to re-create this entire look.
Style Notes: In the denim realm, it’s all about wide-leg styles and flared jeans, especially in slightly darker washes, and they feel most elegant with other basics.
These have a distinctly vintage feel.
The slight stretch means this chic pair will be comfortable all day long.
The nautical button detailing makes this pair really stand out.
Style Notes: It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that a trusty trench coat rounds out this list. You can toss one over any look and give the ensemble a more polished feel.
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This is a chic alternative to the classic beige trench.
This lightweight iteration is ideal for autumn and beyond.
Timeless pieces like this are well worth the investment.
Style Notes: Knee-high or mid-calf boots are a French girl favourite, especially when paired with short skirts and dresses and black tights.
Such a timeless shape.
Khaite’s angled heels are so iconic.
This flat iteration looks super comfy.
You’ll wear these for many winters to come.
This story originally appeared on Who What Wear US and has since been updated.