Posted on: January 29, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

French women have a knack for seeing potential in even the simplest pieces. What others might dismiss as “boring” could, in the eyes of a Parisian, be the foundation of an Instagram-ready look.

It’s worth taking a leaf out of their fashion handbook, because every wardrobe could benefit from a base of versatile, fuss-free items. From there, you can add more interesting and on-trend elements into the mix, and ultimately, create a rotation of outfits that feel both timeless and current. Easy peasy.

When stocking up for staples, prioritise pieces you know will work through the seasons, whether by layering them up or styling them with different shoes and accessories. Before you head straight to Marks and Spencer’s basics section, take a peek at the eight essentials I’ve pin-pointed as cornerstones in French closets. I looked to a selection of Gallic influencers to figure out exactly which buys I could carry with me from winter to spring, spring to summer, and so on—because let’s be honest, there’s no better source of sartorial intel. Et voilà…

Style Notes: Blue denim is a ride-or-die staple in French women’s wardrobes, particularly classic, straight-leg pairs. The streets of Paris are brimming with effortless jeans-based outfits.

These jeans come with rave reviews.

The cropped length is perfect for showing off your footwear.

French girls love wide-leg denim.

Style Notes: A white tee might sound boring, but dress it up like Leasy has, and you’ll be glad you invested in this building block piece.

This is an editor favourite.

James Perse makes incredibly high-quality tees.

A year-round staple.

Style Notes: For brunch dates, dinner dates and everything in between, an understated black dress will always deliver.

The sweetheart neckline is so classy.

Proof that it’s all in the details—that buckle is everything.

Date night-ready.

Style Notes: While Parisians love their monochrome outfits, they won’t say no to a clean-cut blue shirt. Pair yours with whites for fresh springtime look.

H&M always delivers expensive-looking essentials.

In the summer months, use this as a chic swimsuit cover-up.

Easy to carry from one season to the next.

Style Notes: French women won’t sacrifice practicality for aesthetics, which is why they rely on chic cashmere knitwear to keep them warm in winter.

You can also pick this up in grey or black.

Influencers love this knit.

A handy layer to keep the chill at bay.

Style Notes: Layered under a blazer or on its own in summer, a silk-satin camisole is a quick route to elegance. Just add jeans to make it everyday-appropriate.


Layer under a blazer and add red lipstick for a super sultry, classically Parisian look.

Why not add a pop of blue into the mix?

Style Notes: Next time you invest in a new blazer, opt for a double-breasted design in a menswear-inspired cut, ideally in a neutral hue to maximise its wearability.

I’m into the boxy shape of this one.

Wear with everything from denim to slip skirts.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on wardrobe mainstays.

Style Notes: You won’t spot Gallic girls tottering along in too-high heels; instead, they make a habit of getting from place to place comfortably in simple flats.

I expect these to sell out in no time.

A nice change from black ballet flats.

These are truly special—and will earn you so many compliments.

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