Clothing Shops That Keep You Looking Top-notch In Paris

The French make some of the cutest children’s clothes. It’s like buying doll clothes for babies. Tartine et Chocolat and also Bonpoint are two of the most famous and their shops near Place Vendome and in St.-Germain-des-Prés, respectively, have a selection from 0 to pre-teen. 

On the other hand, shopping for large sizes in Paris can be a challenge. A few years ago I was shopping the Paris January sales with a friend of mine. He happens to be 6’4". Long story short, it proved tough to find a shirt and pants that fit him. So, here on this list, you’ll find included a shop that fits the big and tall kind, as well as one that specializes in tuxedos and men's formalwear rentals. When you're in a bind as to what to wear to that black-tie affair, this shop, Au Cor du Chasse, comes in handy for the gentlemen. 

For us ladies… If I could shop at one store and one store only that would be Hermès. Or Chanel. One day, I will. But for now I will just fake it with previously loved designerwear jewels from Didier Ludot's fabulous vintage boutique in the Palais Royal where it's all about the little black dress. That, paired with one of their silk scarves, and you really wouldn’t need to wear anything else…

But, for those of us who still pull our fashion looks together on a budget, I’ve listed some great shops for men, women and children where, paired with your eye for style, you can dress like the best and demurely tell everyone, I got it in Paris, darling, where else ?!

For sporty-minded guys and gals there's a shop called The Kooples. They have a spin-off boutique just for sportswear. Here you can spend some fun together-time shopping for his-n-hers. 

Didier Ludot is the famous haute-couture vintage shop located at the Palais-Royal. He opened a complimentary boutique on the other side of the gardens, in the Galeries de Valois, that carries exclusively little black couture vintage dresses....  Read More

2ème Arrondissement

Clothing shopping for the kids is one of the most entertaining kind of shopping you can do in Paris. Some of the little bon-bon like shoes, tops, ensembles and accessories that these kids' clothing shops come up with are so sweet they're...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

This couturier is famous for sculpting women's bodies. In the age of curves, his is a good address to know. Most of his dresses are made to order, but this shop here in the heart of St. Germain-des-Pres has a few racks of ready to wear. These...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Bonpoint copyright 2013

The story of Bonpoint, the luxury children's clothing store, begins in 1975 (officially). Prior to that Marie-France Goutal, one of the five founding sisters, was a stylist at Dior. She and her sister Dominique dreamt of dressing their children...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Ekyog Marais photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

I wandered into these boutiques for a solid year without having any clue that it's a sustainable fashion line. A sustainable French – as in Made In France – casual wear fashion line. That's saying something. The boutiques are all over...  Read More

Capel Store
Photo courtesy of Hugo Boss copyright 2014

Let's face it, North Americans, for the most part, are just a bigger breed than their European counterparts. This can make shopping in Paris for a man taller than 6' a bit of a, shall we say, challenge ? Thank goodness for Capel Store. The shop...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

This is a Paris cult brand. True to its name, too, it's a his-n-hers clothing store. The ad campaigns always features couples (real couples not photo fake couples) wearing their fashions. And while their street clothes boutiques can be relied...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2014

Chanel has defined class and couture for over a century. Her original boutique on rue Cambon is still there and for fashionistas wanting to make a pilgrimage, is a must-see. These boutiques on Avenue Montaigne, one of Paris's most glamourous...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

Sometimes when you'r sojourning in the City of Lights, you have to dress the part. And since who ever packs a tuxedo in their suitcases when traveling these days, this shop is there to save the soiree. For 150 years it has specialized in renting...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Hermès Logo copyirght Hermès

The luxuriousness of Hermès. My favorite of their Parisian boutiques is the one on rue Faubourg St. Honoré, just behind the American Embassy. Why ? I find it the most welcoming, the most redolent of the Hermés signature scents of leather...  Read More


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