Vide dressing Paris – What’s on this week

Bon plans vide dressings

There are lots of secondhand shopping events this weekend in Paris (June 17-18). Below are my top picks:

It’s the final few days of Les Emplettes this week, with the last day being Sunday
From 10-18 June at 10 rue Béranger, 75003, Paris

Les Armoires de Paris is hosting a vide dressing at Les Petites Gouettes this Saturday. What better way to spend a Saturday than shopping your favourite brands on a sunny terrace?
On 17 June at 12 Espl. Nathalie Sarraute, 75018, Paris

French association Violette Sauvage is back with another vide dressing this weekend
From 17-18 June at La cour du Marais, 81 rue des Archives, 75003, Paris

The Vide Dressing is hosting a Crossover Fashion event this Saturday, where you can find something for every budget
On 17 June at Ballonrouge, 10 Rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris


Les Armoires de Paris vide dressing

Articles 25 mars
Les Armoires de Paris
is a new concept on the Parisian secondhand scene. The first event is taking place this Saturday, 25 March. You can expect to find a carefully curated selection of preloved, on-trend pieces, from Maje to The Kooples via Isabel Marant. A free tote bag is offered with every purchase. Think I’ll be first in the queue for this one!

Les Armoires de Paris – Saturday 25 March 2017
14 Rue Beauregard
Metro: Etienne Marcel or Sentier

Black and white

IMG_0880Going to hip bars in Paris requires a suitably cool outfit, and since Parisians mostly seem to wear black or white, or sometimes grey, I decided to go for a monochrome look.

This outfit is a collection of secondhand finds sourced in the French capital. Because who does style better than the French?

Boots, H&M bought at a vide grenier. Opening Ceremony cut off sweat tee and The Kooples zebra sequins skirt, both from Emmaüs.

Le Dressing Chic – Love&Dress x Emmaüs Alternatives


Last night was Le Dressing Chic at the boulevard Beaumarchais boutique of Emmaüs Alternatives in association with Love&Dress.

Love&Dress, which sources vintage and recent designer clothing in Paris, handpicked a fantastic selection pieces among the mountains of donations that French solidarity movement Emmaüs receives from the generously wealthy and fabulously stylish.

Think Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik, Jil Sander, JC de Castelbajac

A special mention goes to the See by Chloé checked jacket with fur collar and skirt combo (pictured) that was very Cher Horowitz in Clueless, and the brand new with tags midnight blue Marc Jacobs dress. 

There was a great turnout of shoppers, and a stylist was on hand to dispense fashion advice. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening with drinks and nibbles to boot. I only wish I had been able to get there in time for the doors opening—I spotted a seriously cool pale pink dress on the arm of one lucky bargain hunter as I arrived.

I bought a black Zara skirt that looks like a catwalk copy of…something for 9.50.

My friend bought a black leather Maje mini-skirt for 28.50 (I had originally spotted this for myself but it was so short and tight it made me look as though I should be wearing it on a street corner somewhere) and a rust-coloured silk Comptoir des Cotonniers top for 18.50.

Dressing down


When the temperature drops, there is nothing better than pulling on a cashmere jumper to keep you warm. And sometimes, you find it so hard to get out of bed in the morning that jeans, jumper and converse is your favourite, lazy-girl outfit.

A comfortable and cosy combination that I keep coming back to again and again, this outfit is a mix of secondhand finds from France and England, and cost less than £20. The most expensive item, ironically, is the cheapest brand: H&M jeans that cost me 5.
Pink Converse: bought from a UK charity shop
H&M jeans: bought at a vide grenier in Paris
Collections at George cashmere jumper: bought from a UK charity shop
The Kooples check shirt: Bought in a Parisian friperie


Les Emplettes vente flash

img_7384Parisian pop-up Les Emplettes is back this weekend with a flash sale. This mini edition spanning just two days is sure to throw up some great secondhand bargains, so I’ll definitely be stopping by. During the December edition, labels for sale included Eric Bompard, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Sandro, Maje and Balmain, so I’m excited to see what will be on the rails this time around.

Les Emplettes, 11 rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris.
From 14-15 January 10am-8pm

A visit to Guerrisol in Kremlin-Bîcetre

img_7457Located in the Parisian suburb of Kremlin-Bîcetre, this Guerrisol outpost is just a few doors down from Come On Eileen. I’ve always found this particular Guerrisol to be more miss than hit, but for the first time yesterday I visited on a weekday, and saw that for one group of people who had got there before me, this secondhand shop was most definitely a hit.

“I’ve got an Isabel Marant jacket and a Sandro skirt,” said the Mum, pointing to her overflowing basket.

“And I’ve got a Gerard Darel jumper and a Tara Jarmon blouse,” said the daughter.

Meanwhile, I had precisely nothing, but it would probably have been a different story altogether had I arrived an hour earlier. I hung around as they held up items of clothing and rejected them one by one – a Ted Baker pink silk top with a mark on the collar, a Zadig & Voltaire jumper with a hole under the arm, a Sandro wool and cashmere jumper with discoloration on the sleeve… Because that’s the thing about Guerrisol, you really have to look carefully at the clothes before you buy, as no refunds are offered and a lot of items have marks on, or holes in, or are in poor condition.

For my part, I saw a great white blouse with Peter Pan collar and black ribbon tie that I loved at first sight…until a closer inspection revealed that it had previously been owned by someone with a serious sweat problem. All was not lost, however, as I did end up buying a navy French Connection cardigan with white cut out detailing for 5 (if you are having difficulty picturing what this garment looks like, I posted a photo on Instagram).

So my advice when it comes to Guerrisol is go early, go during the week, and don’t forget to look closely at every piece of clothing you are thinking of buying.

64 Avenue de Fontainebleau, 94270 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre