The 5 Wardrobe Basics You'll Find in Every Parisian Closet

Parisian wardrobes are entities that will forever be coveted by the fashion-obsessed beings of the world. The effortless yet consistently polished aesthetic of the French woman is something to be admired (and totally copied). So what goes into creating a wardrobe that will provide us with everything we need to achieve this specific style? Well, who better to ask than some of the most stylish French fashion bloggers out there? As with anything, they suggested you need to start from the ground up, and in this case, "the ground" is the assortment of wardrobe basics you will find in every Parisian's closet. 

From striped T-shirts to high-rise denim, these girls were able to narrow down their five must-have pieces to the categories listed below and were kind enough to weigh in on the matter and speak a little bit about why they love these pieces. Whether it's their own personal styling tips or brands they love within each category, there's a lot of advice to be found here for us to come back to when we want to channel French-girl style for the day. 

Scroll down to discover the must-have five items you will find in every Parisian's wardrobe and where to shop each one.


"The thing with a great blazer is that it elevates a daytime look (like say a white tee and skinny jeans) but also adds a touch of mannish charm to an otherwise ultra-feminine look (a gorgeous gown, for instance). I like mine with boxy shoulders in lux fabrics." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow


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Hear what other French bloggers have to say about blazers: 

"Every French woman has at least one blazer in their wardrobe. The blazer is timeless! I have a black and a navy blue one, and then one that's more extravagant—totally '80s, red with very broad shoulders. I wear it as a pullover under my coat at winter." — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza

"A black blazer is probably the most important item in my wardrobe. It manages to make any outfit look sophisticated, and it can help you achieve your signature look." — Sarah Nait 

Shop blazers:

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"My T-shirts are either white or striped, so I guess you can say that I have a lot. It's the only print that I like because it's strong and discreet at the same time." — Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe


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Hear what other French bloggers have to say about striped T-shirts: 

"These are typically my favorite French touch. I like to feel a kid when I wear this kind of shirt and play on the femme enfant side." — Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah  

"Striped T-shirts are potentially even better than white ones. I strive to own a Breton shirt in every possible color combination, as you can never get tired of them. Wear these shirts as a neutral." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow

Shop striped T-shirts:


"Trench coats are classic and very useful for Parisian rainy weather. I love my Burberry one for when it's a bit chilly out, and I wear some more loose trench coats when the weather is sunnier. It really goes with everything." — Tokyobanhbao


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Hear what other French bloggers have to say about striped trench coats: 

"A vintage Jean-Paul Gaultier marinière or an iconic British trench coat can add some dimension to an outfit if you adapt them to your own taste. You can express your creativity via what you wear even with basic pieces." — Sarah Nait

"This is a trans-seasonal piece that works in most circumstances while keeping you dry (essential for French expats like myself). I used to dream of a vintage piece by Burberry, but the one I am saving up for now is by Céline, and it's practically perfect in every way." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow 

Shop trench coats:

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"This is my favourite piece in my wardrobe. I wear these jeans in every circumstance—during the day with a pair of Converse, or at night with a pair of heels, or squarely in a total denim look!" — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza


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Hear what other French bloggers have to say about high-rise denim: 

"Aka mom jeans. I love to style them with boys' shirts that are too big for me to get the '90s vibe I love so much." — Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe

"Sometimes it takes a while to hunt down your perfect fit pair of high-rise denim, but once you find your match, there will be no keeping you two apart. It’s the ultimate cool-girl staple, as it screams effortless chic no matter what you style it with." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow

Shop high-rise denim:

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"My flirty blouses will usually be a silk blouse in an ecru color. I like to wear them open with a triangle bra. I like when people can guess the lingerie underneath." — Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah 


(Image credit: Adenorah )

Hear what other French bloggers have to say about flirty blouses: 

"I love flirty blouses in off-the-shoulder styles with high-waisted denim shorts. For the most romantic touch, I accessorise my outfit with a hat or a wicker basket." — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza

"Because there is nothing sexier than a little flash of lace peaking out from a dangerously unbuttoned shirt. I wear mine with high-rise denim and a blazer." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow

Shop flirty blouses:

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Editorial Director

Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.