I Usually Travel to Paris at Least Once a Year—These Staples Would Fit in There


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Years ago, I used to live in Paris, and it was my time there that really cemented that I wanted to work in fashion. Fashion really comes alive on the streets of the city in a way I hadn't experienced before, and despite the cliché, French women really are just so stylish. I noticed that their wardrobes are rooted in timeless staples while making room for plenty of cool trends as well.

Now, I try to make a point of traveling to Paris at least once a year, and I've learned some lessons about what to pack. The real trick is studying which staples French women actually wear and adding those items to my suitcase. Some of the core buys are sitting in the latest drop from Who What Wear Collection, so I rounded up 11 of my top Paris travel staples I think are worth the investment. Ahead, shop them all.

1. Leather Trousers


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If there's one timeless investment you'll always spot in Paris, it's leather trousers. This faux pair is finished with the perfect relaxed silhouette. Top yours off with a chain belt to tap into a cool French-inspired look.


2. Crew-Neck Sweaters


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I've started a collection of great crew-neck sweaters because I think they're so versatile, and it turns out that Parisians agree. Throw one on to instantly look polished.


3. Quilted Jackets


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One of the tricks I always noticed in Paris? French women tend to stick with simple outfit building blocks like jeans and a turtleneck, then add a great piece of outerwear on top. Right now, quilted jackets are the key style to own.


4. Bustier Tops


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Simply add a bustier top to a pair of jeans and slingback heels for a look that will feel right on the money for a dinner in the Marais. 


5. Long-Sleeve Sweaters


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The temperatures in Paris can sometimes be unpredictable, so stealthy layering items are a must. You can't go wrong by investing in a great long-sleeve sweater to throw on top of a button-down or tie over your shoulders.


6. Skirt Sets


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Skirt sets are one of the biggest trends from the spring/summer 2022 collections, and French women have proven they're on board. And what could be easier than slipping into a matching set?


7. Turtleneck Tops


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There is no denying the popularity of turtlenecks in a Parisian wardrobe. Right now, though, I'm spotting fresh takes that are finished with interesting textures.


8. Cutout Dresses


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"Naked" fashion is only picking up more steam, but cutout pieces are the ones I see most in French wardrobes. Are you ready to take on the trend?


9. V-Neck Knits


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There is something so chic about V-neck knits, especially when you can find them in great neutral shades. Versatile, cozy, and pulled-together, Parisians know what they're doing.


10. Co-Ords


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French women love a co-ord moment—as do fashion insiders everywhere. I'm spotting a lot of pretty brown sets at the moment. Just add slides.


11. Pleated Pants


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If you're after the French version of loungewear, look no further than pleated pants. An elevated alternative to sweatpants, they're the perfect piece to slip into whether you're staying home or going out.


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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.com, 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.