I, like many out there, covet French-girl style. What can I say? There’s just something so appealing about that je ne sais quoi vibe. And sure, many Parisian men have that same effortless approach to fashion, but given that much of my day-to-day is spent researching and writing about women’s style, I actually tend to gravitate toward their specific aesthetic. Honestly, even though I’m a guy, I often find myself saving various French-girl outfits on Instagram to potentially test out in my own day-to-day life.
Given that the Parisian set often leans into simple yet chic silhouettes, they tend to wear a lot of elevated basics. And after scrolling through some of those saved pics on IG, I came to the realization that there are five key simple items that I too want to incorporate into my own wardrobe to try at some point down the road.
Curious? Keep scrolling to uncover a bit of visual inspiration if you too are intrigued by those basics French girls rely on. And if you’re shopping at the moment, you’ll also find some product recommendations for women and men.
Reworked White Shirt
I can’t remember the last time I wore a tank top. However, fashion people—the Parisian set included—continue to embrace ribbed tanks this season as a simple yet chic basic. I’ll probably test one out as a base layer with an open button-down shirt.
I’ve been a fan of the oversize-tailoring trend for a few seasons. I often see French girls testing out the look in fresh ways either in the form of chic full suits or as separates. I want to invest in another slouchy blazer to bring that easy sophistication to my simple outfits.
It’s certainly been a while since I introduced a polo shirt into my rotation, but I’ve been inspired by those vintage-feeling polos the fashion crowd has been stepping out in. I especially love the ribbed iteration on this French girl here.