Parisians are famed for their effortless style, and whilst that nonchalant attitude is harder to copy, their love of neutrals and simple pieces make their look easy to replicate. Here are the 8 things no discerning Gallic girl would be without…
The list wouldn’t be complete without a classic Breton. Obvious, yes, but it’s a fundamental piece of the quintessential Parisian wardrobe. Thin, oversized T-shirt-like styles are the most French, but chunky striped, nautical knits have a distinct left-bank air, too.
Baker Boy Hat
Once a favourite of Isabel Marant (and it doesn’t get more quintessentially Parisian than that), the baker boy hat trend has gained momentum this season, making it a more accessible substitute for the fedora. A pared-back take on accessorising, team with loose locks and turtlenecks to put a French spin on bad hair days.
The trench is a staple, all-weather cover up, and Parisians know that a slightly androgynous, relaxed fit is the way to go. If a classic Burberry is out of budget, Zara and H&M are on hand with affordable designs.
Modern Parisians are taking inspiration from the original French style icon Jane Birkin and her love of wicker baskets. To nail this look team with everything from oversized knitwear to winter coats – tie a bandana around the handle for extra style points.
Bear with us – this relatively new addition to the French repertoire, a slick pair of white sneakers, is fast becoming a Parisian staple. But forget box fresh Stan Smiths – Gallic girls like a slightly more rough-and-ready look. That means dishevelled Golden Gooses or ultra-plain Supergas best fit the bill.
Forget black – French girls know that navy is the more flattering, versatile neutral. Thick navy knits go with everything, from denim to leather minis, so invest for an effortless, throw-on look.
From quilted Chanels to two-tone flats, a pair of ballet slippers is the Parisian girl’s go-to for smart, simple footwear. Pair with skinny jeans and chunky knits for effortless polish (it’s a great look for travel, too) – just be sure to invest for comfort and longevity.
Inspired by Coco Chanel, French girls turn to a boxy tweed jacket when they’re looking to marry cool with classic. Take heed from Vogue Paris editor Emmanuelle Alt and belt a longline version for polish.