The French 5: Closet Basics You'll Find in Every Parisian Closet
Parisian closets are entities that will forever be coveted by the fashion-obsessed beings of the world. The effortless yet consistently polished aesthetic of the French woman is something to be admired (and totally copied). So what goes into creating a wardrobe that will provide us with everything we need to achieve this specific style? Well, who better to ask than some of the most stylish French fashion bloggers out there? As with anything, they suggested you need to start from the ground up, and in this case, "the ground" is the assortment of closet basics you will find in every Parisian's closet.
From striped T-shirts to high-rise denim, these girls were able to narrow down their five must-have pieces to the categories listed below and were kind enough to weigh in on the matter and speak a little bit about why they love these pieces. Whether it's their own personal styling tips or brands they love within each category called out, there's a lot of advice to be found here for us to come back to when we want to channel French-girl style for the day.
Scroll down to discover the must-have five items you will find in every Parisian's closet and to shop each!
"The thing with a great blazer is that it elevates a daytime look (like say a white tee and skinny jeans) but also adds a touch of mannish charm to an otherwise ultra-feminine look (a gorgeous gown, for instance). I like mine with boxy shoulders in lux fabrics." — Camille Charier of Camille Over the Rainbow
Hear what other French bloggers have to say about blazers:
"Every French woman has at least one blazer in their wardrobe. The blazer is timeless! I have a black and a navy blue one, and then one that's more extravagant—totally '80s, red with very broad shoulders. I wear it as a pullover under my coat at winter." — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza
"A black blazer is probably the most important item in my wardrobe. It manages to make any outfit look sophisticated, and it can help you achieve your signature look." — Sarah Nait
"My T-shirts are either white or striped, so I guess you can say that I have a lot. It's the only print that I like because it's strong and discreet at the same time." — Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe
Hear what other French bloggers have to say about striped T-shirts:
"These are typically my favourite French touch. I like to feel a kid when I wear this kind of shirt and play on the femme enfant side." — Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah
"Striped T-shirts are potentially even better than white ones. I strive to own a Breton shirt in every possible colour combination, as you can never get tired of them. Wear these shirts as a neutral." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow
"Trench coats are classic and very useful for Parisian rainy weather. I love my Burberry one for when it's a bit chilly out, and I wear some more loose trench coats when the weather is sunnier. It really goes with everything." — Tokyobanhbao
Hear what other French bloggers have to say about striped trench coats:
"A vintage Jean-Paul Gaultier marinière or an iconic British trench coat can add some dimension to an outfit if you adapt them to your own taste. You can express your creativity via what you wear even with basic pieces." — Sarah Nait
"This is a trans-seasonal piece that works in most circumstances while keeping you dry (essential for French expats like myself). I used to dream of a vintage piece by Burberry, but the one I am saving up for now is by Céline, and it's practically perfect in every way." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow
"This is my favourite piece in my wardrobe. I wear these jeans in every circumstance—during the day with a pair of Converse, or at night with a pair of heels, or squarely in a total denim look!" — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza
Hear what other French bloggers have to say about high-rise denim:
"Aka mom jeans. I love to style them with boys' shirts that are too big for me to get the '90s vibe I love so much." — Typhaine Augusto of Cuillère à Absinthe
"Sometimes it takes a while to hunt down your perfect fit pair of high-rise denim, but once you find your match, there will be no keeping you two apart. It’s the ultimate cool-girl staple, as it screams effortless chic no matter what you style it with." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow
"My flirty blouses will usually be a silk blouse in an ecru colour. I like to wear them open with a triangle bra. I like when people can guess the lingerie underneath." — Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah
Hear what other French bloggers have to say about flirty blouses:
"I love flirty blouses in off-the-shoulder styles with high-waisted denim shorts. For the most romantic touch, I accessorise my outfit with a hat or a wicker basket." — Kenza Sadoun-el Glaoui of La Revue de Kenza
"Because there is nothing sexier than a little flash of lace peaking out from a dangerously unbuttoned shirt. I wear mine with high-rise denim and a blazer." — Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow