Lately, and I thought this day would never come, I have become apathetic to the shop windows of H&M, Zara, Mango and more. Every time I see something I like in those places, I know now I am bound to see the chick sitting next to me on the metro wearing it too. Their styles as of late…well, it’s the usual Parisian uniform consisting of a blazer or a trench, a skinny pant, maybe tights under some worn cut offs jean shorts, and an original pair of shoes, if your lucky. Colour of choice here? Black.
With the shopping itch hitting hard as the seasons change, I find myself totally uninterested in my usual digs, and with the purse strings tightening, I decided to seek out affordable vintage stores to help heal my wardrobe woes and just go a bit funky with my style. Vintage shopping in Paris however, was not quite what I expected when it came to staying within the budget. Who knew used stuff could be so freaking pricey? THE NERVE of some of Paris’s vintage shops… sucked the fun right out of it.
But, perseverance prevailed and I thought I would to share my latest finds of great vintage fashion in Paris that comes at a great price. Yeah!
The first place is called Violette and Léonie (dépôt vente concept), located on rue de Poitou in the 3rd arrondissement. Treasures such as a Marc Jacobs clutch for 60 euros or Paul and Joe jeans for 40 euros can be found, as well as real vintage stuff like Givenchy dresses for around 100 euros or Balenciaga heesl for about the same price. Blouses and tops range from about 10-40 as a well as skirts and dresses. Coats and outerwear can be a bit more pricey depending on the brand.
The second place, Vintage Desire is also in the Marais at 32 Rue de Rosier, right next to a delicious falafel restaurant. After gorging on a large falafel sandwich, I popped over to Vintage Desire to browse and start the digestion process. More goodies awaited me, including these badass booties I purchased for 15 euros! (ok ok, I know they are black…but different nonetheless!) Less upscale than the previously mentioned shop, this place offers up all kinds of pieces for real cheap, letting you indulge in your funky chic side without have to suffer any guilt when you realize you’ll only wear the thing a handful of times. How liberating!