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I’m a Stylist at an Iconic Fashion Store in Paris—Here’s Are My 5 Top Basics

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Stylist Loïcka Biampandou caught my eye when I spotted her stunning outfits on her Instagram, @thevisuelsofgrace. She has a knack for tonal looks, balancing strong shapes, and spotting the latest cool It items for the season, so it came as no surprise that she works as a stylist. Chatting with Biampandou about her background in fashion, I was interested to learn that she works as a personal stylist for Galeries Lafayette—one of the biggest and most iconic fashion stores in Paris. There, she helps her broad range clients (from fashion influencers to models to sportswomen) narrow in on their style and find looks that make them feel confident.

Constantly working with clients and seeing the best new arrivals in fashion, the French stylist has been able to ground her wardrobe with a tight edit of basics that feel timeless but also very on-trend. You’ll spot her wearing closet essentials like blazers on repeat but she pays attention to the silhouette and unexpected details that make them feel fashion-forward. Take T-shirts, for instance—when it comes to the basic, her current favorite shape is a padded shoulder version that lends structure and adds an element of cool.

Curious to find out her favorite wardrobe essentials, I asked her to share the pieces she wears more than any others. Ahead, shop Biampandou’s 5 top fashion basics to instantly upgrade your wardrobe.

The piece: Padded T-Shirt. Why it’s an essential: “The Frankie Shop Padded T-shirt has a sophisticated side that I like very much because of its shoulder pads that give it structure and a sublime look. I like to combine it with high waist pinch pants.”
The piece: Black Blazer. Why it’s an essential: “The Jacquemus black blazer is a classic piece but so feminine. I often wear it with a total black look, it’s so elegant!”
The piece: Trench Coat. Why it’s an essential: “My Burberry trench coat that I picked up in a thrift store is a piece that I particularly like. I associate it with sneakers but I like to wear it with a pair of high heels to feel more feminine.”
The piece: Strappy Heels. Why it’s an essential: “The Oya sandals from Amina Muaddi are my favorite pair of shoes. These high heels rest on an original flared heel, which quickly became one of the designer’s signatures. I wear them with a masculine look—a total blazer and black pants look for example!”
The piece: Sculptural Bag. Why it’s an essential: “The Amphora mini-bag from Carolina Santo Domingo is one of my favorite bags! I am completely in love with this bag—it’s perfect and fits all my looks.”

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