I'm a Paris-Based Model With an Affinity for Basics, and I Wear These Nonstop


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Dispatch from Paris! Let's face it: When are we not looking to our French friends for their expertly styled outfits, wardrobe classics, and overall effortless approach to getting dressed? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I turned to someone who's become a Who What Wear regular for her classic but on-trend ensembles: Emmanuelle Koffi

To get to the bottom of her A+ style, I surveyed her Instagram feed to see if there were any common themes, and I realized there are a handful of clothing basics she seems to always come back to. Keep reading to discover the six French clothing basics that serve as the basis for her ultra-chic wardrobe, and glean some inspiration for how she wears each item below.

1. Knee-High Boots

Koffi is a big fan of knee-high boots, a staple she styles with everything from miniskirts to tailored shorts to give her looks an elevated feel.


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(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

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2. Mid-Blue Jeans

While straight-leg jeans are featured in plenty of her outfits, it was this mid-blue wash that stuck out to me since almost all of her jeans appear to be in this classic color.


(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)


(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

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3. Cropped Shoulder Bags

When it comes to bags, Koffi definitely has a type. Cropped shoulder bags—aka baguette bags—are her accessory of choice. The '90s silhouette adds the right amount of trend-forward appeal to whatever else she's wearing.


(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)


(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

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4. Simple Mules

Another simple staple Koffi wears on repeat are simple mules, particularly in plain white or black that serve as the base to so many spring and summer ensembles.


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(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

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5. Beige Trench Coats

If there's one staple that Koffi manages to style with everything, it's a beige trench coat. Whether she's wearing one with skirts, dresses, or jeans, it's a chic and timeless topper she never overlooks.


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(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

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6. Cute Cardigans

Even though cropped cardigans started out as a trend, they've officially earned staple status in Koffi's wardrobe. From bright and colorful knits to classic neutrals, it's a Parisian-approved basic that pretty much styles itself.


(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)


(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.