Dispatch from Paris! Let's face it: When are we not looking to our French friends for their expertly styled outfits, wardrobe classics, and overall effortless approach to getting dressed? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I turned to someone who's become a Who What Wear regular for her classic but on-trend ensembles: Emmanuelle Koffi.
To get to the bottom of her A+ style, I surveyed her Instagram feed to see if there were any common themes, and I realized there are a handful of clothing basics she seems to always come back to. Keep reading to discover the six French clothing basics that serve as the basis for her ultra-chic wardrobe, and glean some inspiration for how she wears each item below.
1. Knee-High Boots
Koffi is a big fan of knee-high boots, a staple she styles with everything from miniskirts to tailored shorts to give her looks an elevated feel.
When it comes to bags, Koffi definitely has a type. Cropped shoulder bags—aka baguette bags—are her accessory of choice. The '90s silhouette adds the right amount of trend-forward appeal to whatever else she's wearing.
If there's one staple that Koffi manages to style with everything, it's a beige trench coat. Whether she's wearing one with skirts, dresses, or jeans, it's a chic and timeless topper she never overlooks.
Even though cropped cardigans started out as a trend, they've officially earned staple status in Koffi's wardrobe. From bright and colorful knits to classic neutrals, it's a Parisian-approved basic that pretty much styles itself.