Superfine Yourself With A Parisian Clothes-Shopping Spree



If there's one complaint I hear about shopping in Paris, it's that Pariisian sizing caters to 0's and 2's, especially when it comes to lingerie. So, for this listing, for both guys and gals, you will find the top three picks are devoted to shops speciailizing in the ample, the big and the tall. What's especially nice these days, is that this does not mean you have to sacrifice one iota of style, nor luxury fabrics nor fashionable designs. For women, head to Marina Rinaldi and Cazak, and for men to the Capel Store to stock up on sizes that hug your body (but not too tightly). 

Need to rent a Tux? This shop specializes in tuxedos and men's formal wear rentals. When you're in a bind as to what to wear to that black-tie affair, 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.

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. 

And now for the children...The French make some of the cutest children’s clothes ever. 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 Vendôme and in St.-Germain-des-Prés, respectively, have a selection from 0 to pre-teen.


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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


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8ème Arrondissement
Chanel
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


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


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6ème Arrondissement
Bonpoint
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


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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


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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


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2ème Arrondissement
Kookai Stock
Photo courtesy of Kookai


This is one of those staple brands for Parisian ladies. It's been around since at least the 80s and seems to maintain its stride. This shop is the outlet shop and it's right in the middle of Paris. It also has a great big selection. Prices are...  Read More


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8ème Arrondissement


Just around the corner from the Plaza Athenee Hotel and not more than a 5 minute walk from the Champs-Elysees is where you wlll find this one-of-a-kind Paris shop. Karen, the owner and also creator of her Magic Pants, stocks her shop with...  Read More


Capel Store
Photo courtesy of Polo Ralph Lauren 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


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6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


Let's face it, Paris is a city much like NYC and L.A. when it comes to clothes shopping. There is a definite prejudice towards sizes zero and two (women's French sizes 32 and 34). So Hallelujah that there is a chain of designer-fashion women's...  Read More


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Meet Paige Donner

Paige's latest book, Paris On 4 Paws, A Dog Lover's Guide To The City of Light follows her acclaimed novel, I'll Take Paris. Both are available on Kindle and Amazon. She is the founder...  More About Paige

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