2. A classic trench
The trench coat is a true investment piece; there isn’t a chance of it ever going out of style. To truly emulate the chicness of a French girl, it’s best to find a neutral color to complete your outfit so you can allow your ensemble to change personalities using color, textures, and trends. Pro-tip: Leave it unbuttoned and tie the belt (if it has one) around your waist for a chic vibe.
3. Classic flats
Ballet flats, slides, and mules are not only timeless but also extremely functional. It’s vital that you feel comfortable walking because your stride says it all (your confidence will visibly change). Besides, losing a heel to a cobblestone street is a significant faux-pas and trés embarrassing (trust me).
4. A Parisian tee
We’ve seen the stereotypical striped tee in cinema and fashion magazines, but do the French really wear stripes and bérets? Yes, but not together (which would be a little too on the nose). Instead, pair yours with leather pants or jeans and simple accessories.
5. A wicker basket
Jane Birkin created the straw bag phenomenon when she flaunted her wicker basket on one arm and Serge Gainsbourg on the other. A small clutch is perfect for a whimsical garden party while you should opt for a tote if you want to take your shopping at the market. For those overachievers, add a baguette and flowers for the ultimate Parisian vibe (Gainsbourg not included).
6. A little black dress
We’d be remiss to not include an LBD as a Parisian essential. They serve a true capsule wardrobe purpose with the ability to go with anything and everything and make you feel confident no matter what. This summer, opt for a modern twist and choose a front cutout halter dress to make room for your entrance.
7. Classic denim
Fun fact: Nîmes, France is where denim originated (& was named), so of course, it will always be a French favorite. Stick to a classic straight-cut or relaxed fit to capture the effortless, laid-back style of the French.