The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Where to go shopping in Europe’s fashionista mecca’s.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Buckingham Palace

On my last day in London I thought I would visit a couple of the more touristy sights, starting with Buckingham Palace. From the outside it is as majestic as you can imagine and inside – the palace is almost always open for tours during the summer months – the state rooms recreate exciting bits of royal life. The Queen’s and other royal family member’s dresses (Kate!) and personal jewelry are on display. There’s also a perfectly laid out banquet table on display where you can imagine the royals dining in their high fashion (or maybe Topshop?).

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

The Royals at Madame Tussaud

In contrast to the regal Buckingham Palace, but still keeping with the royal theme, is the fun and touristy Madame Tussauds Museum. The life-like wax sculptures are kitschy but fascinating. During my visit there was a royal retrospective featuring Princess Diana in some of her most iconic gowns. You can always find a wax figure of the Queen and now Kate and William as well, for a Facebook-worthy photo-op and some up-close fashion inspiration –  fashion is truly everywhere in London.

Just as in Paris, fashion was a way of life and I had lived it, at least for a little while.

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Avatar of Pegah Aarabi

After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

    Reader Discussion: 143 Comments

    1. Avatar of Metrocazar

      This is a very good overview of shopping area’s in Paris.
      Myself, I would like to recommend “Le Bon Marché” which is a luxury department store. Also the pedestrian area near “Les Halles” is absolutely worth visiting.

      Perhaps our navigation system for the Paris metro could be useful as well. It will also guide you some other shopping areas in Paris.

    2. Avatar of Cristian

      I’d like to visit Paris again. Got to follow this guide when I have a chance.

    3. Avatar of Sue Wise

      Sue Wise

      If you’re not a fan of strolling in high heels, boots are a must here. It’s a lot more comfy but gives a fashionable vibe in every article of clothing.

      • Avatar of Melody Phelps

        Melody Phelps

        It’s a good thing that flats are fashionable now too. You can always sport them with different clothes without looking lazy.

    4. Avatar of Stacy Maldonado

      Stacy Maldonado

      The Galeries Lafayette is a nice place to shop. It has pretty much everything you need to get your fashion to the next level.

    5. Avatar of Marsha Reed

      Marsha Reed

      Walking in Paris makes you appreciate the place more. Of course in places that are further from the other, you can always use the subways.

    6. Avatar of Ellen Padilla

      Ellen Padilla

      The Ladurée tea house has a very vintage yet fresh interior that makes you feel luxurious!

      • Avatar of Myra Sullivan

        Myra Sullivan

        I love those kinds of interiors too. They look so good in pictures as well!

    7. Avatar of Kathy Beck

      Kathy Beck

      It’s true that I see a lot of people living off their coffee as they walk the streets of Paris.

    8. Avatar of Lillian Sanders

      Lillian Sanders

      I love Ladurée. Their macarons are heaven-sent! One of the best I’ve tried.

      • Avatar of Jodi Thornton

        Jodi Thornton

        Not a fan of sweet things like these but I must agree with you. It’s a nice dessert!

    9. Avatar of Meghan Medina

      Meghan Medina

      Paris sounds more appealing to me than London. Although both are amazing places, it just really depends on your preference.

    10. Avatar of Verna Clarke

      Verna Clarke

      I’m looking forward to our upcoming Paris trip. I can’t wait to go to these places listed here! Reading through this article made me feel really excited that we finally decided to book a trip to Europe. ?

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