When it comes to cities that girls around the world look to for style inspiration, there are three in particular that immediately come to mind: Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Coincidentally, each of these cities has a very distinctive unofficial dress code. There are a lot of things that factor into these dress codes, most notably the climate, how people get around, and even prominent industries.
That said, Paris, New York, and L.A. are known for their directional sartorial tendencies and ability to set trends, but what we want to focus on is how stylish girls in these cities do basics. What are their go-to pieces? What are the easy outfits they throw on when they want to look effortlessly cool? We've come up with a special visual depiction of the basic pieces that girls in these three major fashion cities turn to time and again.
Keep scrolling to find out what they are and shop the pieces for your own basics arsenal!
Original Illustration by Laura Worrick for Who What Wear
L.A. girls can't live without a lightweight denim jacket. It's the perfect option for the casual vibes and temperate climate the sunny city is known for.
Nothing screams French girl like a pair of feminine ballet flats. They're perfectly suited to French girls' classic, sophisticated tendencies and serve as the perfect partner to their trademark "trench coat, striped top, and cropped trousers outfit" combination.