No, it is not. Paris is the capital of fashion, but it is also a city full of unknown addresses where you can refill your wardrobe at small price. Yet it is necessary to know where to find them. Here are our favorite affordable fashion shops.
In the last few years, countless thrift shops have been popping out all over the city. Among the most popular is the always-packed Vintage Desir. In this former very small barber shop, you will find a wide and constantly-renewed selection of vintage basics. In Free “P” Star, just a few street away, is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind pieces, as long as you are ready to struggle in a often overcrowded tiny space.
Looking for the perfect vintage piece but wanting to avoid the experience of browsing to tons of clothes to find the one ? Then go to Les Georgettes. Here we avoid the overflow that sometimes discourages, and have the pleasure to find clean and perfectly sorted outfits. For luxury vintage garments, Thanx God I’m a V.I.P. and Chercheminippes are the second-hand boutiques to go to : with their diligently cared for, and helpfully color-coordinated pieces, they are real gems for those looking for exquisite finds at reasonable prices.
Many famous French brands have now a stock in Paris where one can find unsold items of the past collection at a really reasonable price. For those who like the French 60s look , go to the surplus of the APC shop. Here the classic cabans, Empire-cut dresses and ballerinas are available for a fraction of the original price. Among our favorites is also the rue des Martyrs Maje shop : here all the back space of the boutique is dedicated to last year’s stock, on sale for a fifth of what they usually cost.
Little designer shops
Another way to find inexpensive clothes and jewelry in Paris is to venture into small creators shops. Near Bastille, Le Corner des Créateurs gathers cheap and original necklaces and nice pieces of clothing from French and foreign creators. Another affordable concept store not to miss in Paris is la Boutique Etoilée in Montmartre. This multi-designer shop offers a very nice selection of jewelry, items of clothing and bags… all in a very magical atmosphere.
Enjoy shopping in Paris without emptying your wallet!