People in Paris Make Jeans Look Elegant by Wearing These 7 Basics


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French women are routinely go-to sources of style inspiration because many in the set have that effortless approach to style. You know, very je ne sais quoi. While fashion people in Paris certainly wear staples instead of jeans (we showcased a few silhouettes here), denim often completes some of those standout looks because of the chic and easy nature. Yes, many of the ensembles in question skew on the more casual end, but jeans can also feel particularly elegant. And yes, Parisians wear specific elevated basics to take these denim outfits to the next level. 

Keep scrolling to check out the forward basics fashion people in Paris wear to make their jeans look elegant. You’ll notice style references from some of our favourite follows, along with shopping recommendations (jeans included). 

1. Black Tank


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This look is low-key yet incredibly elegant-feeling with the simple black tank and blue jeans. The clutch and heeled sandals take the silhouette to the next level.


2. Relaxed Blazer


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You just can't deny the power of a relaxed blazer to bring modern sophistication to any ensemble—including a denim look.


3. Oversize Shirt + Sweater


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It seems like just about every fashion person is embracing the oversize button-down when creating forward ensembles. A sweater draped around the shoulders brings another elegant twist.


4. Roll-Neck + Vest


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A roll-neck teamed with jeans is quite sleek. Add a tailored vest on top? Perfection.


5. Ribbed Knit


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A ribbed knit—particularly one with a unique neckline—is an elevated basic that just works flawlessly with jeans. Effortless and gorgeous.


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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear US. 

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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.