Building a wardrobe with a strong collection of classic pieces is a surefire way to always look stylish. No matter what the trends of the moment are, you can draw on staples that will never go out of style. It seems this is something French girls are well-versed in. While they’re not afraid of taking the occasional fashion risk, we’ve noticed that their looks are almost always rooted in timeless pieces and well-cut basics. Curious to know more about the prized items they’ve found over the years, we chatted with French girls to find out the classic pieces they would never toss.
Parisian Sabina Socol told Who What Wear, “Basics are pretty much all I wear every day.” Items like straight-leg jeans and menswear-inspired outerwear are the building blocks of her wardrobe, and it’s no surprise that these are also the pieces she would never get rid of. Similarly, Parysatis Peymani admitted she had an affection for vintage-inspired denim, explaining, “I wear them five days a week, and I would never get rid of them.” But how does this fit into the French take on fashion? Sarah Nait summed it up nicely, telling Who What Wear, “In my opinion, the iconic ‘French style’ can be defined as a capsule wardrobe composed of perfectly tailored clothes and statement pieces that work with your silhouette.”
Keep reading to find out the key classic French fashion pieces to hold onto.
CLASSIC FRENCH FASHION STAPLES
- Leather or suede ankle boots
- Vintage-inspired jeans
- Button-down shirts
- Tailored outerwear
- Leather motorcycle jacket
Go on to shop the French fashion staples these stylish women would never toss from their closets.
“This is actually kind of an easy question, at least for me, because I’m simply obsessed with my basics. I’m pretty sure if you’re ever in Paris, you’ll run into at least one or two girls that are sporting one of the below. To me, there’s just one rule to follow when it comes to basics: Find the best brand for each item.”
Wear these boots with jeans and a tee shirt for an effortless look.
Style this blouse with jeans and mules.
This plaid jacket is a French girl’s go-to.
Crop jeans are so fashion-forward.
Layer a silk slip dress over this tee for French-girl vibes.
“I am not afraid to keep wearing pieces I really like, so there’s definitely pieces that will be in my wardrobe forever. I will never get rid of a satin-trimmed blazer, a ’70s-inspired leather jacket, a double-breasted coat, a silk shirt, and a pair of masculine boots. I don’t really like to get out of my comfort zone, so I am always attracted to darker colors and luxurious fabrics.”
Style this blouse with vintage denim.
Layer this jacket over a dress for a night out.
This coat is perfect for all cold-weather outings.
Wear this over tight black pants.
These boots are a wardrobe staple.
“Let’s be super honest and not original at all… Levi’s jeans. I shop mine in vintage shops in Paris, but you can find some good ones at Re/Done. Also, I can’t do a winter in Paris without new ankle black boots—super comfortable and always elegant.”
French girls love this trench coat.
These boots will be your favorite shoes all year long.
We love this classic piece.
Wear these jeans with a silk blouse.
Brown boots are perfect paired with light-wash denim.