PARIS, Oct 5, 2012/ — With all the hype surrounding the Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013, who wants skim through outfits online, when it’s just as easy, and infinitesimally more exciting, to shop in the fashion capitol of the world.

If the lux Parisian style or the latest reports from Fashion Week doesn’t inspire you to head over there right this instant, what will? Seriously, the shopping Mecca is just two hours away. With the assistance of Eurotunnel, you don’t even have to ditch the comfort and convenience of driving your own car – you’ll need the extra boot space to bring back all the goodies you pick up.

Paris has long been celebrated for its fashion culture. It is the birthplace of Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior and many other influential designers. Furthermore, Parisian women have been praised for their ability to pull off effortlessly chic looks that are reflective of their individual styles – something every fashionista aims to accomplish. This is in part due to the sheer number of shops and boutiques throughout the city. With such diversity, it’s easy to see why Paris is a shopper’s Utopia.

From high-end designers to budget friendly boutiques, you’re sure to find stand-out pieces that suit your style and make you feel great.

Haute Couture

Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and Louis Vuitton are among the many drool-worthy establishments that line the streets of the Triangle d’Or. Even if you’re on smaller budget, strolling by and gazing through the windows is inspiration enough.

Budget Conscious

A styling tip reiterated by several style icons is the notion that a fashionable woman is not one who is dressed head-to-toe in designers, but one who knows how to pick well tailored and quality pieces and wear them with confidence. Paris department stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette features high-end pieces that are budget-friendly. Another great store for basics is Petit Bateau shop which has quality classics.

Off the Beaten Path

With all the high street fashion stores selling the same pieces, you may end up duplicating your friend or co-worker’s outfit. Instead of sticking to the same name brands check out the lesser known areas. Smaller boutiques offer unique finds for a great bargain. In fact, some of the best finds are in small boutiques and stalls of local artisans. The historic district of the Maris showcases up-and-coming designers, quaint boutiques, eclectic accessories and antique art and many other goods.

Don’t Miss

Every woman should own one piece of luxurious lingerie. Whether solely for your enjoyment or that of your partner, Fifi Chachnil, is a great place to pick up elegant intimates. Hidden gems are awaiting you in the Diduer Ludot shop. This treasure trove for vintage hunters has a range of eclectic pieces from decades past.

The best part about shopping in the City of Lights is that no matter what street you turn down, the options are limitless. From high-end designers to local artisans, fashion in Paris about appreciating the beauty in something and wearing it with conviction.

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