Eminently practical and unfussily chic, these building blocks are essential to a Parisienne’s wardrobe...
1. Classic Trench
The British may have invented it, but their neighbours across the Channel wear this coat with a distinct insouciance—think open and just a tad rumpled.
2. Printed Scarf
Laced with off-the-cuff elegance, this little accessory guarantees colour and, yes, a certain je ne sais quoi to any ensemble.
3. Silky Blouse
There’s something inherently sensual about a blouse with a nice drape. Parisian fashion editors Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld must agree—they’re often spotted in them.
4. Slim-Fit Jeans
A tapered straight leg will always look sleek no matter the trends. The key is to find the perfect wash that appears lived-in but not—mon dieu!—purposely distressed.
5. Subtle Shades
You can ditch those statement sunglasses. Nothing conceals the effects of last night’s bottle of Burgundy quite as fabulously as a pair in mysterious black.
6. Striped Top
First issued for French naval personnel, the Breton top has become synonymous with seaside glamour thanks to style icons Coco Chanel and Brigitte Bardot.
7. Navy Blazer
A tailored jacket is polished and effortless. How to achieve an ultra-flattering result? Choose a slightly elongated ft.
8. Ballet Pumps
Feminine flats, particularly those by French shoemaker Repetto, afford a commute that’s both walkable and well-heeled.