In the fashion world, the term ‘basic’ carries a few unfortunate connotations – undeservingly so, in our view. After all, that famous French je ne sais quoi is achieved from a closet of simple yet standout essentials. Take a great pair of straight-leg jeans, pair them with cowboy boots, a leather jacket and a silk scarf – the result is Françoise Hardy-worthy. Want to channel a more polished Parisian vibe? Dress up your denim with a double-breasted blazer and crystal-studded sling-backs. Perfect, basically.