Paris Shopping Tips: 2 Favorite Lingerie Hotspots
By Theadora Brack
Let’s go lingerie shopping in Paris. Affordable and lightweight, they’re my favorite souvenirs. Justifying my love, if buying hundreds of slips is wrong, I don’t want to be right!
But first things first, let’s prepare for our quest. Desire deep discounts? Schedule your jaunt during either the big January or July sale periods. Also, know your European size numbers.
So with a burlesque beat, here are two of my favorite hotspots for lingerie shopping. Va-va-voom!
1. Le Boudoir de Marie
47 rue d’Orsel, 18th arrondissement
(Métro Abbesses or Anvers)
Looking very much like Bettie Mae Page, Marie Cazenave at the Bourdoir de Marie creates handmade lingerie like no other in the city. Located on rue d’Orsel in historic Montmartre, the shop rocks a retro fairy tale vibe. Its kitschy, candied-colored vitrines have never failed to stop me in my tracks.
Maybe it’s because of her close proximity to the textile district, but Marie plays with the full spectrum of fabrics and vintage props in ways you couldn’t imagine. I’ve got my eye on a matching set of unmentionables made of rosy toile de Jouy. Ode, my! Marie-Antoinette would have been very jealous!
The shop also carries handmade corsets, chemises and baby doll sets, along with gowns, bras and slippers. Mad Men fanatics, your hourglass day has not only come but is here to stay. So go full figure!
2. Galeries Lafayette
40 Boulevard Haussmann, 9th arrondissement
Métro: Saint-Lazare or Havre-Caumartin
Next stop! Let’s shake the stress away with a little high browsing at Galeries Lafayette. Its entire third floor, a.k.a. “Seductive Fashion” is dedicated to hosiery and lingerie, and yes, it’s got the goods to back up its name.
With a mind-boggling collection of classic French brands, you’ll be able to cover a lot of ground without wear’n’tearon your kitten heels or ruby red marabou slippers.
Check out the silky garb by century-old Aubade and Galeries Lafayette’s very own house brand. Here the alluring Erès also tempts. This decades-old Frenchboudoir staple boasts all-natural construction. You won’t find any uncomfortable high wire acts here!
Don’t leave without gazing up at the stained glass “coupole” (domed ceiling). Installed in 1912, this Belle Epoch beauty has never failed to bring me to tears. So pack a hanky!