Hi, I'm new in Paris and dying to buy some Parisian fashion (on a budget!). I have no idea where to shop and have looked at the major places like Bon Marche, Monoprix, and Galleries Lafayette. Any ideas on where to go? Any help is appreciated!
Thanks, Abba ... I will take my time and enjoy the search!
Thanks Sassafras - the email link helped. I will check them out! Can't keep going to London everytime I need a sweater!
For those of you out there that have 'plus size' feet, and can never find the right size shoe, let me recommend Sacapuce. It has sizes 40-47 and lots of cute styles to choose from. Oh and the prices are actually affordable!
Sacapuce Boutique13 rue de Clignqncourt75018 Paris01 46 06 49 06http://sacapuce.fr/
I like Ulla Popken on Boulevard Haussmann, not too far from the grands magasins - they have a website, http://www.ullapopken.fr
Actually I quite often go to Belgium or Germany to buy clothes, the selection is much better than in France, and the salespeople have a better attitude - I was told by one that she wouldn't allow me to try on size 52, because she thought I should take size 46! And my cousin had one who patted her hips and said, here is the problem. Liesel, who is quite tall, patted her on the head and said "here's your's".
Have just found this very interesting thread and was wondering if the kind folk at angloinfo would not consider opening a "large and tall" clothing page?
Really difficult to find good addresses for those of us with "traditional builds"
Have the best address in Paris for large and tall ladies - Grandiva - run by a Franco-Dutch team. Hilde the Dutch girl speaks perfcet English; superb range of clothes, casual - work - cocktail - even have boots for women with calves. Welcoming and friendly with excellent non-intrusive service. Super sexy underwear as well...
41 rue Dulong, 75015, Métro: Rome.
Does anybody have similar advice for large Gents sizes?
no where are they?
bb - only just seen your question, sorry to leave you hanging
see here for their website - two stores in paris and also have some floor space in galleries lafyette http://www.elenamiro.com/
For shopping on a budget, absolutely stay clear of places like Bon Marche, Monoprix, and Galleries Lafayette (except for browsing.) They are hugely overpriced tourist traps. Les Halles and surrounding streets offer endless choices of conventional clothing at standard prices. Your neighborhood Monoprix is often a good bet for clothing and almost anything else. For the more adventurous, the shops with open stalls along Blvd Clichy east of abt Blvd Pigalle through Gare du Nord in the 9th. Lots of tourist junk there, mixed with a few ok buys. For the determined shopper, there's the flea markets that focus on clothes like:
Temple – shops
Carreau du Temple
Rue Eugene-Spuller and rue Du petit-Thouars
Every day except Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rue Perree and rue Du petit-Thouars
Every day except Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Metro : Temple or Arts et Metiers
Between rue Brezin, rue Saillard, rue Mouton-Duvernet and rue Boulard.
Metro : Mouton-Duvernet
Tuesday, Friday, Sunday 10.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
from October to March and closing at 7:30 pm from April to September
plus the big weekend flea markets on the edge of town.
None of the above specialize in oversize clothes and, in my experience a US size 14 and up constitutes "oversize" on the Paris retail scene.
Even though this topic is not recent, I would like to add some info.
Having lived in Paris for quite some years, I have two favourite sources of plus-size ladies clothes.
I really like the department store, C and A - ladies sizes "grandes tailles" from 46-48 to 58-60, and quite fashionable and cheap !
Par exemple, a cute printed and glitzy 3/4 sleeve tee-shirt top for 25 euro.
There are 3 stores in central Paris ... rue de Rivoli (metro Chatelet), blvd Haussmann, and Montparnasse.
For styles that are very trendy and upmarket, but a bit pricey,
try Giani Forté ... http://www.gianiforte.fr/
You're welcome, camille !
There are also a couple of little boutiques on rue St Martin in the 3ème that go up to size 54/56/58 - with a lot of Italian imports - very very nice and not too expensive ...
I was in Paris in March - found this excellent shop - not only fashionable clothes for larger sizes but the staff were extremely friendly!!! 42 au 60
Jean Marc Philippe
92 rue d'Alesia 75014, 95 rueSaint Lazare/09th, Centre Commercial Rosny2 ave de General de Gaulle/93110 Rosny Sous Bois
Hi monterymer i recommend you the shop Charleselie94 they have been selling plus size clothings for 15 years. All people I advised this shop are happy now