If a French Girl Walked Into Nordstrom, She'd Buy These 6 Staples

French-girl style at Nordstrom



French girls are a long-standing source of style inspiration for us here at Who What Wear, so we thought it would be fun to brainstorm what our French fashion friends would be drawn to, should they ever find themselves across the Atlantic and wandering into a Nordstrom. (As of now, there are no Nordstrom locations in France, so we're keeping things hypothetical here, people.)

We're not shy about our love affair with Nordstrom—we rely on the retailer's vast offering for so many of our sartorial needs, from going-out tops to wear with jeans to an epic designer sale score—so we went ahead and put together our ultimate French-inspired guide to shopping the retailer's massive offering. Curious to see which French-girl style staples our Parisian friends would add to their Nordstrom carts? Scroll down to discover each closet staple and shop our picks of each.


French girl style cardigans



The French are known for their effortless style, and the easiest way to emulate it is by wearing a cool cardigan with your go-to jeans. Right now, it's all about cardigans with interesting details like a cable knit stitch, fun print, or bold color.

Straight-Leg Denim

French girl style



Straight-leg jeans are seriously rivaling skinnies these days, and I think the French would agree about this. They're easy, classic, and go with all our other staples, like ankle boots, tees, and blazers. In other words, it's the ultimate everyday denim.

French girl-inspired Nordstrom picks



In the fall and winter, Parisians like to throw on a polished topper to give their outfits a sleek finish. Structured wool coats are an especially timeless and sophisticated choice.

Black Ankle Boots

French girl style: ankle boots



No matter how many years go by, French girls won't ever turn their backs on these classic ankle boots. In general, we've noticed that they opt for a boot with a comfortable heel for walking all day.

Layering Turtlenecks

Every closet is in need of a layering turtleneck. Considering their versatility, timelessness, and French girl–approved status, they're the ultimate investment staple.

There's a cliché about the French loving their ballet flats, and while that's not wrong, they also love a great pair of neutral loafers or slides.

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