French Women Know That These 6 Basics Are the Key to Creating Chic Looks

New basics? Oui, oui.

French Women Know That These 6 Basics Are the Key to Creating Chic Looks

I'm the type of person who loves a great basic. I'm not afraid of trying a new trend and love to have fun with my clothes, but any true fashion person knows that a great collection of basics is the backbone of any stellar closet. An ideal basic, for me, has to be versatile and something that I catch myself wearing on repeat. When it comes to style, who better to get tips from than French fashion people? I haven't been to Paris yet, so embracing French-girl style is as close to the Eiffel Tower as I'll be getting for now. After spending some time looking through the Instagram feeds of stylish Parisians wearing their favorite chic and stylish basics, I noticed six items that I could see myself wearing, look good on everyone, and are no-brainers when it comes to simple styling.

Keep scrolling to see the six French girl–approved basics I've been shopping lately.

Over the past few years, the tube top has left the category of Y2K go-to and become a favored basic in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. This top can be paired with basically every bottom under the sun: trousers, a midi skirt, jeans, cargo pants… If you can name it, you can style a tube top with it. Every It girl has a few in her closet.

Who doesn't love a button-down shirt? I love how put-together they make any outfit look and feel. Whether you style yours with jeans or a miniskirt or wear it as a cover-up on a beach day, I think we can all agree a button-down is a must-have.

Oh, the miniskirt—the hemline length that now reigns supreme. As someone who falls on the petite side, I am personally a huge fan. I love the short length for summer, but I plan on wearing miniskirts with tights all fall long.

If there's one thing a Parisian girl loves, it's a pair of tailored straight-leg jeans. While denim is more on the casual side, this cut has a more elevated feel and can definitely be dressed up.

Don't underestimate the power of a simple leather belt. I'd wear a belt with a pair of denim and a white tank top—so simple yet classic and chic.

Sunglasses are like the cherry on top of an outfit. I never leave home without a pair. Lately, I am seeing French girls embrace retro-style sunglasses, especially cat-eye glasses. I just got a pair myself, and I can't wait to wear them.

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