7 Things Every Parisian Has In Her Wardrobe

When it comes to looking stylish, no one does it quite like the French. But you don't have to have Gallic roots to get the look – the savviest Parisian girls have seven essentials that guarantee they always look polished and – spoiler alert – it's no longer all twee separates and skinny jeans. Here's everything you need to get that contemporary je ne sais quoi...


Androgynous Tailoring

Oversized, mannish tailoring may be a more recent addition to the French fashion girl repertoire, but that doesn't make it any less relevant. The perfect way to add a cool update to more classic denim and ballet flats, channel classic labels like (old) Celine and Saint Laurent to get the look.


Ballet Pumps

If you thought the pump had had its day, think again – classic, comfortable and practical, French girls know it's the chic alternative to trainers that will always be in style. Our advice for putting a cool spin on the look? Invest in a pair with unmistakable designer tropes – Chloe's scalloped version gets our vote.


The Breton

A failsafe on those nothing-to-wear days, consider a Breton part of your essential everyday uniform. Slightly smarter than the humble white tee, add to leather for a contemporary take.


The Cardigan

Insta stars like Jeanne Damas and Anne-Laure Mais have put chunky cardigans on the map this season. The perfect hybrid of twee and cool, pair oversized styles with floral skirts for a look straight out the modern French girl's rule book.


Straight Leg Denim

Once upon a time it would have been skinny jeans on this list, but a contemporary crop of stylish Parisians have confirmed straight leg as the new denim style of choice. Think Camille Charriere and you'll get the picture – perfect with oversized trenches and feminine slingbacks.


The Trench

It's time to eschew the traditional, fitted trench in favour of more androgynous styles – play with oversized structures to balance out proportions. Tie-waist versions have particular French girl appeal, but if you still fancy a more classic, Burberry-inspired design, we recommend sizing up to get the look.



Gone are the days where you had to spend big bucks to get that Coco Chanel look – thanks to Mango and Zara, tweed jackets have hit the mainstream and are an easy hack for channelling Parisian style. Pair with blue denim and slub tees for high-low dressing.

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