In Paris on sale! Where and how to spend the money?
Thoughtfully going over hangers with outfits in your closet, you suddenly find out once again that there is literally nothing to wear! Summer is about to joyfully burst into your life, and you … what will you meet it with? Rather, in what you meet him? Well, it’s time to go urgently for new clothes! Without thinking, you take a long-awaited vacation and … decide to rush to the fashion capital for world-famous sales! And here the main thing is to properly manage your time and money in order to remain a winner! Sales in France are held 2 times a year: in the winter, after the New Year holidays and at the beginning of the summer. Lasts hot season 1−1.5 months. Sales take place in several stages, each subsequent of which is marked by a new price reduction, in the end is the elimination of balances. True, to find something decent at this time is almost impossible! The French themselves are beginning to prepare for the grandiose shopping in advance. Many among them are those who are purchased, for the most part, exclusively on such sales! The French women, in anticipation of the new clothes, leisurely study the assortment of nearby shops, estimate what is necessary, measure their clothes carefully, and on the appointed day they stand with a crowd of tourists in front of the doors of the still-closed boutiques, ready to grab a long-observed thing! If you set out to replenish your wardrobe, then you should come to Paris by the beginning of sales, all the best is bought up during the first week! Yes, and running sizes disappear with rapid speed! What are these soldiers (from the French. Soldes – sales)? Stores get rid of clothes from previous collections just before the start of new arrivals, prices can be reduced to the limit. And how can you resist the temptation to get another blouse, more precisely, the n-th number of such blouses for ridiculous money? But, nevertheless, one should not lose his mind at the sight of huge red banners on the doors of boutiques with the inscriptions SOLDES and price tags with numbers -50% -70% -80%! Often trickery and calculation are used here, a long-stale clothes is skillfully fused to the general excitement, and the price, at times, seems only low at first glance! For sure, each of us, at least once, had the experience of unsuccessful purchases, when the desire “not to leave empty-handed”, or “just grab everything for …” prevailed and things that were not needed at all. The joyful euphoria of shopping usually passes rather quickly after an unexpectedly poor wallet is discovered, and even if the thing turns out not to be on closer examination, the disgusting mood for the rest of the day is guaranteed! Alas! Clothes and shoes bought at a sale are not subject to exchange and return! If you are not indifferent to the very process of shopping and know for yourself the weakness to buy everything, then before going to the store, use the old, like the world, advice and do not be lazy to make a list of planned purchases for yourself, and also take a limited amount of money with you by how much you are willing to spend. If you are not very sure about whether you will wear a thing and what you will wear it with, it is better to refuse a questionable purchase, for sure it will only add to the collection of abandoned and never worn new clothes! So, where to go, having arrived for the first time in Paris? In principle, during sales, the crowd will take you to your destination! Let’s start with the Champs Elysées. There you will find a lot of boutiques, starting with the affordable clothes of the Spanish company ZARA and ending with the latest collections of famous couturiers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Giánni Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Christian Dior, etc. A large number of stores are also concentrated on Boulevard Haussmann , the largest of which are Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps Haussmann. The latter is represented by 3 separate boutiques with collections for men, women, and beauty products: Printemps Homme, Printemps Femme, Beauté Print. In Printemps Beauté alone, the head will spin from all sorts of aromas and amounts of personal care products! In Gallery Lafayette, each floor is a unique collection: accessories, clothing, toys, decorative things, etc. Here, snack bars, cafes, bars, animation for children, travel agency bureaus. You can wander here for hours, just admiring the inner surroundings, not to mention the huge range. To leave empty-handed from here definitely will not work! Here you will find almost all brands, so there is no need to run around the city in search of a handbag from Louis Vuitton, sunglasses of Chanel and a dress from Nina Ricci. By the way, at Christmas, the city authorities do not spare money or electricity to decorate these stores! And approaching the windows of Le Printemps Haussmann, you can watch fascinating mini-performances for children, who, by the way, gather crowds of adults who want to feel the spirit of a great holiday! Place Vendôme – the best jewelery is located in this particular area of Paris.