7 Parisian Basics That Will Make You Look Effortless at All Times

There’s two thing we can be sure of for spring: 1) micro mini skirts are 100% back thanks to that Miu Miu iteration seen absolutely everywhere, and 2) French women are here to save anyone who doesn’t want to try out the trend with their spring capsule. Perfectly formed of basics that are anything but boring, we can always rely on these effortlessly cool fashion people to guide us all when it comes to items that will stand the test of time. Sure, trends are fun to try out, but there’s no harm in sticking to what you know and wearing them on repeat. 

We’re talking the trench coat your wardrobe shouldn’t be without, the oversized blazer (hello, The Frankie Shop), and the more recent waistcoat addition you can style a million ways. Then there’s not forgetting the Breton. This time, though, the T-shirt has taken a step back to make room for the striped polo or half-zip knit that’s so good, it keeps selling out all over the high street. Here’s your guide on how to embrace simple, spring basics that have all been approved by the most stylish women in France.

1. Slip Dress

Andi Mun wearing slip dress



Style Notes: No matter the time of day, year or occasion, a slip dress will never fail. The slinky fabric looks effortless as a high/low look with trainers, too. 

2. Trench Coat

Marissa Cox wearing trench coat



Style Notes: Everyone, French or not, should own a trench coat. For those in-between weather days we're all accustomed to here in the UK, it's an essential. And, as proven by Marissa, they never fail to tie any outfit together. 

3. Flared Jeans

Anne-Victoire Lefevre wearing flared jeans



Style Notes: Although baggy 90s cuts are back for spring/summer 2022, French girls are relying firmly on flares. The chic style can be incorporated into any outfit with minimal effort, but maximum impact. 

4. Oversized Blazer

Frann Fyne wearing oversized blazer



Style Notes: The Frankie Shop blazer is basically a wardrobe staple in its own right now. The oversized single breasted iteration works with anything from a knit dress to jeans. 

5. Striped Knit

Aida wearing striped jumper



Style Notes: The Breton top may be a French cliché, but it's a classic the coolest women rely on. This time, it's all about the polo or half-zip Breton knit you'll wear on heavy rotation.

6. Floral Top

Jeanne Damas wearing floral top



Style Notes: Like the floral midi dress, the floral top has become a spring essential. Make like Rouje founder Jeanne Damas and keep it simple with vintage wash jeans. 

7. Waistcoat

Style Notes: As a suit, on its own or over a second-skin high neck top, the waistcoat is here to stay. And we will be embracing it with open arms for spring, and beyond. 

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