French girls have always been known for their timeless, sophisticated style. Erring on the side of chic, their looks focus on tailored, versatile pieces. Their rule of thumb is to invest in fabulous basics and then sparingly incorporate trendy pieces each season. Mixing and matching are done with such ease when each item in your wardrobe is cut from a luxe fabric, in a neutral solid, and then fit to perfection. We’ve pulled 10 foundational pieces that are essential to channeling your inner Parisian. The items that follow prove that minimalism is anything but boring, and while some pieces are admittedly a splurge, they’re well worth the investment. From toothpick, ankle-length trousers to a classic white button-down and a timeless trench, each piece can be worn together or separate in preppy or edgy ways. It doesn’t take a beret to feel trés chic, although we also think those are super cute too. We’re working these must-have pieces into our wardrobe this fall, and after you browse this list, we have a feeling you’ll be doing the same. Opening image: shopbop.com
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September 9, 2019
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Everlane The Drape Trench Coat
USERS SAID: "This trench is both comfortable and functional! It's the perfect transition coat as the weather gets a bit warmer and you still need a jacket, but your winter coat is too warm. The depth of the pockets is a wonderful feature as well.
Cinq à Sept Khloe Ruched Sleeve Blazer
THE (LOOSELY) TAILORED BLAZER: A polished black blazer has the power to pull together any ensemble, whether you're heading to the office or spending a night on the town. Opt for one in a loose but still tailored fit for maximum layering options.
Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet Flat
THE BALLET FLAT: Combine comfort with chic, and out comes the ballet flat. In nude or black, a leather ballet flat easily transitions from the office to happy hour and pairs perfectly with jeans on the weekend.
Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee
THE PERFECT T-SHIRT: No wardrobe is complete without a great fitting tee for layering or wearing alone. This slub cotton Madewell pick features a just-right fit that's tight enough for tucking in but loose enough to let it flow.
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