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Top 10 French Girl Wardrobe Essentials

Channel Your Inner French Girl In These Classic Pieces

Channel Your Inner French Girl In These Classic Pieces

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

Our Score

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.

STYLE WITH: Pop it over jeans and a tee to elevate your everyday, weather-ready look.


Cinq à Sept Khloe Ruched Sleeve Blazer

Our Score

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.


H&M Flounced Wrap Dress

Our Score

THE WRAP DRESS: Can you think of anything more synonymous with French girl style than the easy-breezy wrap dress? Style this flirty wrap with a bold heel and statement handbag for a complete look. 


Treasure & Bond Mock Neck Sweater

Our Score

THE MOCK NECK SWEATER: Never underestimate the power of a mock-neck jumper. Rib-knit fabric and a split-hem detail give this pick luxe touches that elevate it from your average basic.


Saint Laurent Shopping Leather Tote

Our Score

A LUXURIOUS EVERYDAY HANDBAG: An oversized bag with clean lines and rich leather adds an element of sophistication to everyday looks.


Everlane The Side-Zip Work Pant

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THE SKINNY ANKLE-SKIMMING TROUSER: What's more Parisian than an ankle-length toothpick trouser? Slip these on with a soft striped boatneck and fresh white sneakers.


Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet Flat

Our Score

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

Our Score

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.


Black Halo Jackie O Belted Midi Dress

Our Score

THE DAY-TO-NIGHT LBD: The ultimate LBD is one that's versatile with a fabulous fit. We love this Black Halo LBD because of the unique neckline and natural waist definition.


Banana Republic Riley Tailored-Fit Shirt

Our Score

THE WHITE BUTTON-DOWN: A classic white button-down is acceptable for almost any season or occasion. This Banana Republic oxford gives the traditionally masculine piece a slightly more feminine shape.

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