Women in Paris Wear These 6 Elegant Basics More Than Anything Else


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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 prioritizing 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 favorite 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 wardrobe, there are shopping recommendations that would totally be approved by Parisians. 

Satin Skirt


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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.

Cinched-In Jacket


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Tailored jackets with a cinched-in silhouette are trending hard right now and create a sleek, refined silhouette.

White Long-Sleeve T-Shirt


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There's no denying the ease of a long-sleeve white top. A fitted style like this one is just so elegant with a pair of jeans.

Blue Button-Down Shirt


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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.

Wide-Leg/Flared Jeans


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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.

Trench Coat


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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.

Next, check out more outfit ideas from Parisians.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.