Here are the best French wardrobe essentials to Frenchify your closet. As a French fashion blogger, I’ve always wanted to talk a little bit more about the Parisian fashion style. And more precisely about the French wardrobe essentials and basics that are found in every French girl’s closet. If you’ve always wanted to know how to dress like a French woman, you’ll need first to curate those 10 French wardrobe basics below.
But first, you need to understand the philosophy of the Parisian fashion style. It’s stylish, simple and chic, and it’s all about the basics. French wardrobe essentials should be made of high-quality materials, that will last for a very long time. In addition, those timeless pieces usually all work together, are comfortable to wear every day and offer versatile use. Keep reading to find out about the 10 French wardrobe essentials to acheive that chic French-girl style anywhere you live.
10 Wardrobe Essentials Parisian Girls Swear By
1. Loose Shirts
One of the first key pieces of the French girl’s wardrobe is a white, or blue loose shirt. Whether it’s a cotton or silk shirt, having a white, blue or striped shirt is a French wardrobe essential. I love the versatile use of shirts! Indeed, you can wear them to go to work, or during the weekend or for any special occasion. It just depends on how you accessorize your outfit and what shoes/bag you wear.
For the day, I combine a white shirt with a pair of high-rise straight jeans, with sneakers and a black leather bag. It’s one of my favorite outfits that are effortlessly chic! I prefer to wear an oversized shirt; man’s shirts look very feminine and are more comfortable. For the night, I switch my sneakers for a pair of black high heels or I just add a masculine blazer to the look.
2. Basic T-shirts
White, light grey basic T-shirts are another staple of the French wardrobe. For the day, I love to combine a white/grey T-shirt with a masculine blazer, a pair of high-rise straight jeans, and a pair of white sneakers. It’s the perfect combination to create an effortlessly chic outfit for the day. In addition, I love wearing T-shirts during the weekend or on holidays to chill at home as well. Just make sure the basic T-shirts you choose are 100% cotton, it’ll look more expensive.
3. Silk Camisoles
Silk camisoles are one of the French wardrobe basics that you need in your closet. It’s the perfect top that you can wear under a sweatshirt or a cashmere cardigan during winter. And it’s the perfect top to layer under a masculine blazer for a night time look! Indeed, the silk fabric adds a very elegant, feminine and chic touch to all your outfit. For a more sexy outfit, you can even wear a silk lingerie camisole with lace under your favorite blazer. Silk camisoles are a great alternative to T-shirts.
4. Masculine Blazers
If you haven’t one already, you need to invest in a high-quality blazer in order to Frenchify your closet. Indeed, you can wear a blazer with everything; a basic T-shirt, a silk camisole, a pair of straight-leg jeans, or a pair of tailored pants, etc. It instantly gives chic and elegance to any outfit and it can be worn for a day or night outfit depending on the accessorization. Prefer a masculine, oversized blazer that can be from a menswear closet. Navy blue, grey or black versions can work with any outfit. Finally, seek for a high-quality fabric like wool for winter, or linen for summer.
5. High Rise Straight Jeans
Jeans offer a very versatile use; they can be worn with every outfit and for every occasion! The trend now is more toward high rise straight jeans or mom/boyfriend jeans, which remind the 90’s. It’s the perfect shape of jeans for all body types and it’s way more comfortable than skinny jeans. In terms of colors, you can opt for very light denim for a casual and effortlessly chic look. Or you can opt for a very dark blue pair of jeans layered with a navy blue oversized blazer for a night out outfit.
6. Oversized Jumpers
Oversized jumpers are the French wardrobe essential for the fall/winter season. I love to wear it over a basic T-shirt or a silk camisole and I layer it with an oversized jeans jacket. It’s so warm and so comfortable! And you can wear it over a dress, a skirt, a pair of skinny or boyfriend jeans. Opt for a high-quality fabric that will last for more than one season like merino wool, cashmere, angora or mohair wool. Finally, choose neutral colors such as white, grey, navy blue, black or dark green that go together.
7. The Little Black Dress
The little black dress is a classic wardrobe essential for all Parisian girls. This dress is reserved for special occasions such as cocktail parties, Parisian nights out, or date nights. There are no rules regarding the shape of the dress; short or long, with or without sleeves. Just opt for the shape that you are most comfortable with. I love the 90’s style little black dress: short length with very thin straps. Perfect to wear under a masculine blazer and to accessorize with your favorite black leather handbag.
8. Black Leather HandBags
You definitely need a good quality leather handbag in your closet. It’s one of the best ways to accessorize any outfit! To do so, opt for a black high-quality leather handbag. Indeed, the color black will go with every outfit. The size of the handbag will depend on your budget. However, you do not have to spend a fortune on a designer handbag. If you do so, avoid all the designer bags with big and recognizable logos. Indeed, Parisian women do not want to look rich but they want to look chic.
9. Long Wool Coats
If you went to Paris in the fall/winter, you might have seen all the Parisian girls with an elegant and chic long wool coat. It’s definitely one of the French wardrobe essentials to have in your closet. Even if long wool coats can be pricy, it’s definitely an investment that worths it! A high-quality long wool coat will keep you warm all winter long and will add chic to any of your outfit. Opt for a beige, navy blue, black or light grey color and this season the longer the more fashionable.
10. White Sneakers
If you do not have a pair of white sneakers in your closet yet, you definitely need one! All Parisian girls have one. Why? Paris is well known for its beautiful cobblestone streets and the capital is small enough to go anywhere by walk. Indeed, for the French walking is a part of normal everyday life. And like a Parisian girl, I love walking through Paris to do shopping, or to discover things I wouldn’t normally see otherwise. So, Parisian girls need a comfortable and quality pair of sneaker. Regarding the color, white can never go wrong with your outfit and add instant chic to your look.