If your affinity for fashion is of the Parisian variety, there is perhaps no better example than French fashion editors. They are known for their immaculate wardrobes that change very little from season to season. Their closets are built around pieces that can be worn for years—not just of-the-moment items that will be retired after one short season. So what are the fashion items you’ll find in the French-editor capsule wardrobe?
To start, you’ll find plenty of neutrals and elevated basics that can be worn on the regular—pieces like ankle boots with a sophisticated crocodile finish or well-cut turtlenecks for layering. They also have a mastery of dressing up everyday items like jeans and blazers that make them come off as polished instead of ordinary. Ahead, find the nine pieces every French fashion editor owns, and then shop them for yourself to replicate their style.
Easy But Elevated Accessories
French editors know that pieces like faux-croc boots and leather bags are the items that will pull together their outfits.
This one is from French It Girl Jeanne Damas's brand.
Turtlenecks for Layering
Have you noticed every French editor has a closet stocked with turtlenecks? That's because they're the ultimate cold-weather layering essential to wear with a blazer and high-waisted trousers or denim.
Just look to Vogue Paris editor in chief Emmanuelle Alt, who regularly wears blanket-like coats and boots with Western silhouettes. This isn't just because it's a current trend. This is something French editors have been wearing for years.