Yep, These French-Girl Basics Are Sitting at Nordstrom Right Now

If there’s one thing that is pretty much proven at this point, it’s that French women really know what they’re doing when it comes to their outfits and every fashion piece they have in their closets. In my opinion, they especially shine when it comes to those classic basics that everyone should have in their wardrobes—and they truly know how to wear them well. So what are the basics French women stand behind and how do they style them?

Ahead, I’m breaking down the French basics you’ll spot in every Parisian’s wardrobe, from classic jeans to everyday jewelry to the "grandma” piece Parisians love. Yep, these are the versatile pieces you’ve probably been planning to add to your closet, if you haven’t already, that make a repeat appearance in some of the most stylish outfits around. Scroll down to see the ultimate French-girl basics, and shop my edit.

Slip Dresses


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Yep, slip dresses are the ultimate wear-anytime piece because of their ability to be dressed up or dressed down. And honestly, who doesn't want to slip into a silky satin dress?

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Gold Jewelry


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There really isn't anything quite as timeless as gold jewelry—something French girls are clearly tuned into. From hoop earrings to necklaces for layering, you'll find these in any Parisian's wardrobe.

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Whether you opt for of-the-moment slit leggings or a classic version, there's one thing that's for certain—black leggings are a mainstay in the French-girl wardrobe.

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While cardigans may be trending right now, they've always been a French-girl basic. Consider this "grandma" trend the ultimate cool-meets-cozy piece.

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Straight-Leg Jeans


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If there's one thing I've learned from French girls, it's that straight-leg jeans are the one style to buy above any others. They truly never go out of style.

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Button-Down Tops


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The best thing about a button-down top? It seriously goes with anything. Sure, jeans are a solid choice, but gym shorts might even be one step cooler.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.