You don't have to be a math genius to figure out how French women have perfected the outfit formula. When the goal is effortlessly chic, a staple of wardrobe basics can be mixed and matched to achieve a look that's polished enough for any event, but also easy enough for every day.
Case in point? The Parisian's winning, go-to combo of Mary Janes with straight-leg jeans. Just this week we've spotted a plethora of our favourite French influencers in the shoe style, which they have effortlessly paired with simple denim and a chic yet practical top (think white shirts, classic trenches and blazers). The result? A comfy, stylish and easy Spring look that we can't wait to replicate.
Chances are you already own and love these pieces, but if these basic outfit building blocks aren't already in your wardrobe, then you're in luck: We've pulled out the two hero buys that can be combined to create the perfect jeans-and-flats outfit formula for anyone who wants to take French style for a spin—no passport to Paris necessary.
Shop Mary Janes:
Simple and chic, just like everything else The Row designs.
If you're after a shoe with a little heel, these are for you.
I'd also wear these with a mini skirt and tights in winter.
Black jeans with black shoes and a white shirt is a look I can get behind.
Citizens of Humanity is a denim brand fashion people love, and we can see why.
Remember: Wash cold to maintain the perfect amount of stretch.
White jeans really come into their own this time of year.
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This story was originally published on Who What Wear US and has since been updated.
Drew Elovitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last decade living and working in New York City. She earned a master's degree in media and popular culture from New York University, then began her career on the internet as the Twitter voice of Barbie. She worked previously at Who What Wear as the director of content strategy and also spent several years leading the social media teams at Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. You'll find her byline on the site around topics such as celebrity fashion, must-have basics, beauty favorites (particularly nail polish), and wellness tips and tricks. Her personal style tends to favor the classics: She loves crisp white button-downs, sneakers, and skinny jeans—and no look is complete without a great pair of oversize sunglasses and a trusty leather jacket. After she finishes reading the entire internet every day, she can be found dining out at her favorite restaurants, trying new beauty treatments, or indulging her historical-fiction habit.