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Best Inexpensive Chain Store – New Look – Forum Les Halles – 2 Impasse Saint-Eustache 75001 Paris
Paris has H&M, Zara and Mango like most other major metropolitan cities, but if you’re looking for something a bit more unique head to one of the biggest malls in Paris Les Halles where you’ll find New Look. This massive shop offers mostly of-the-moment trend-driven items, as well as great basics. Originally from Britain, it is kind of like the French little sister to Forever 21. Bonus points go to this extremely well-priced store for its extensive plus-size collection. These black studded gloves give any outfit an edge, as does this rad rockin’ “bobo” hobo. (Bobo meaning “Bohemian Bourgeuois”, the french equivalent to Boho).
Best Lingerie – Chantal Thomass – 211 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris
One cannot come to Paris without purchasing a lacy item or two. It just wouldn’t be right in the city d’amour. Much of the lingerie you’ll find here is made of hand-made French lace and as a result, it’s not inexpensive. But who wants to wear itchy, cheaply made, poorly fitting underthings? Definitely worth spending a little extra money, this line’s collections are always flirty and playful with lots of ribbons and lace – just the thing for giving a girl a certain je ne sais quoi under any ensemble!
TBF insider tip: If you wait until January, you can score some excellent deals at all the above mentioned stores – apart from the vintage. Sales happen in Paris only twice a year, in January and July, as regulated by the government.