I Live in the U.S. But Love Parisian Style—25 Basics I Shop on Repeat


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To master effortless Parisian style—especially in the dead of winter—your wardrobe should come down to a handful of neutral basics made for layering. Of course, a pop of color or a splashy print is common, but these special pieces never take away from the relaxed, everyday look of French ease. Instead, they merely accent the moment. Inspired by the latest crop of street style from Paris-based fashion savants and content creators, I narrowed in on the staple items that seem to go a long way when it comes to pulling off a variety of aesthetics, but all with the same French attitude. 

Ahead, you'll find unique ways to layer socks and ballet flats, interesting methods for balancing proportions (think an oversize button-down draped over a checked miniskirt with patent slingbacks), and tailored workwear that feels equal parts sophisticated and playful, rather than stuffy. My top selects for pulling off the Parisian look are all classic enough to remain closet mainstays for a while. And they're well-priced, so you can pick up more than just one or two of these fresh must-haves that are bound to soar to the top of your wish list.

Click through to shop pieces in a range of categories, from polished outerwear to casual balletcore, and get tips for styling items you already own with a Parisian twist.


Polished Layering
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For winter, ballerina flats are easy for getting around and helps to maximize comfort. A Mary-Jane silhouette will allow for a pop of color when you choose thin mesh socks in cherry red. Fold the hem of your denim to draw attention to the shoe moment, and up top, tuck a printed silk scarf into your collar to keep your neck warm. Other minimalist basics to finish off this look include a long wool coat and shopping tote in neutral shades.


Sporty Yet Streamlined
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Start with the foundation of a graphic tee and straight-leg jeans, and opt for classic flat sneakers like Adidas Sambas. A thick, neutral-toned blazer and monochrome, logo-less baseball cap finish off this outfit comprised of high-quality, athleisure-inspired basics that still give off the look of luxury.


Casual Balletcore
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Layer a tulle dress with ruffles over a crisp white tee as your pièce de résistance, and finish the outfit with ballet flats and a scalloped-edge sock that playfully peeks out from the hem of your pants.


Mixed-Print Workwear
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There is an effortless way to mix prints and textures with French flair—and you're looking at it. The key is to choose neutral tones, from your sweater vest to your work pants, and then weave in subtle hints of color with a silk bandana and purse. A classic animal pattern, such as leopard, will complement the tones, rather than distract from the rest of your look.


Light Academia
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The Parisian method of mastering academia requires a lightweight trench coat, knee-high stockings, and patent loafers to make a simple, yet effective statement on the street. Tie your hair back, grab an easy tote, and opt for everyday jewelry.


The Art of the Button-Down
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Channel the early aughts with your miniskirt and make sure your oversize button-down is crisp and your slingbacks bring a perfect polish. Tie a scarf in your hair to bring the color palette of your outfit full circle. Dark sunglasses and a grab-and-go carryall may seem like afterthoughts, but they lend undeniable effortlessness to your look, so don't forget them when you walk out the door.