I'm Updating My Basics for Spring—6 Tips I'm Stealing From Stylish Parisians


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A new season is here, and sartorially speaking, the first thing I'll be doing (after spring-cleaning my closet) is welcoming some fresh spring basics into my wardrobe. After all, my staples are the most reliable and versatile pieces I reach for time and again, and there's no better excuse than a new season to make some modern updates to my arsenal of wardrobe essentials.

When it comes to elevated basics, no one does them better than stylish Parisians, who are always a source of inspiration for effortlessly chic outfits. French women learn to identify their style codes early, and while they rarely deviate from them, they're constantly attentive to new trends and modern silhouettes and make adjustments to keep their outfits looking current. To get inspired, I looked to some of my favorite fashion people from Paris for tips on what exact basics to invest in this spring and how to wear them. Take a peek below.

Invest In a Longline Trench


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A classic trench is an essential in every French woman's wardrobe. For spring, the French are wearing them in longer silhouettes that feel fresh and modern.


Straight-Leg Jeans Are Always a Good Idea


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No matter what jeans trends come and go, stylish French women always remind me that a relaxed, straight-leg '90s silhouette is perennially chic year-round and will literally go with every shoe type, from ballet flats to heeled mules. It's a solid spring purchase if there ever was one.


A Classic Black Belt Will Elevate Your Basics


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A classic belt is one staple I'll certainly be investing in this spring, and I'll thank the French for it! Stylish Parisians know the power of a simple black belt to elevate their basics—from jeans to skirts. It's an easy way to make an outfit polished.


Opt for an Oversize Button-Down 


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Whether you tuck it into your high-waisted jeans or style it over a slip dress, a relaxed-fitting button-down is a French spring essential with endless styling possibilities. Opt for one in white, blue, or stripe for utmost versatility.


When in Doubt, Wear a Striped Sweater


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Spring can be a tricky season to dress for with its fluctuating weather, but a relaxed striped sweater always feels perfect for every occasion. Whether styled with jeans and a trench or a miniskirt and ballet flats, it will solve every fashion dilemma.


Choose a Denim Midi Skirt (and Style With Knee-High Boots)


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Sure, denim maxi skirts and miniskirts are trending this spring, but it's the vintage-inspired midi skirts that are a favorite among the French fashion set in spring. They look exceptionally chic when styled with leather knee-high boots. Complete the look with a simple top and an oversize blazer. 


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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.