Where to Shop for Affordable & Stylish Men’s clothes in France.

Would you like to bring back from France a great souvenir, besides that miniature Eiffel tower and tasty bottle of wine? Would you like to dress and look more European? Do you like French fashion? Well how about treating yourself or a male relative or friend to some French clothes?

You’ll be shocked by where I shop…

While France still has a myriad of independently owned clothes boutiques, they are harder to recommend in this kind of publication than chain stores. I would like to send you to my favorite chains, where I personally purchase French style fashion every summer to bring back with me to the United States. There are many options to choose from in that category, so I won’t mention the big international corporations that also operate in the United States, such as H&M or Gap…

HOT TIP: Before you start shopping, beware of the difference in sizes! Don’t rely on stickers, even though they carry the familiar XS, S, M, L, XL symbols. Try everything to make sure it fits. For example, in the US my size is M, but in France an M is too small for me, only L items fit me there. I strongly suspect that American stores want their customers to feel smaller than they really are…

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ARE YOU READY TO BE SHOCKED? My first recommendation may come as a surprise, because it is typically where French city dwellers love to do some their grocery shopping! But connoisseurs also know that it is a great place to buy stylish men’s (and women’s) clothes in classical styles. It’s called “Monoprix” and if you’ve ever sojourned in France, you’ve probably bought food staples here. This is my favorite store to shop for stylish shirts.

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My next recommendation is a chain of stores that specializes in men’s fashion only. It is called “Celio”. These stores can be found in historic city centers and in shopping malls alike. This is a great place to pick up that striped shirt that will make you look so French at a reasonable price.

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My last recommendation is another chain of stores that also specializes in men’s fashion. It is called “Jules”, which is an old-fashioned but kind of hip sounding first name in France. Plus this brand name cleverly plays on the French colloquial expression “mon Jules” meaning “my boyfriend”. These reasonably priced stores can also be found either in historic city centers or in shopping malls alike. They sell both casual and business attire. Your next suit or business shirt could have that extra je ne sais quoi that will make you stand out in an a subtle way.

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Check out our earlier blog on how to look French.

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