Affordable French Children's Clothes

• 07 January 2010






















In France the sales ("Les Soldes") are regulated by the government and happen only twice each year. Yesterday marked the first day of an almost month-long country-wide sale...hip hip hooray! Nine years ago we hit Paris in early January and boy, did we find some wonderful deals. But, guess what? You don't have to visit France to take advantage of these semi-annual sales, you can enjoy them online too.

One of my favorite French retailers for children's clothing is Du Pareil au Meme. I've found some great pieces there over the years and never spent more than 20€ on anything. Often I found tops, skirts, and even dresses for under 10€. You may have to sift through a few collections as the French are not immune from producing overpriced licensed clothing :)

A few things in my cart...this top, this nightgown, and this cape. If you live in the US your only option for shipping is international priority, which is both good and bad. Your clothing will arrive quickly (3-6 days), but you will spend about 21€. It wouldn't be a bad idea to get together with a friend and split the shipping. Oh, and if you don't speak French, pas de problème. The site is available in English too. FYI: today's exchange rate is $1.43 to 1€.

image via DPAM

12 comments:

Geraldine said...

I really like them too, and always stop by when I am back home. And it never occurred to me that I could shop online! But unfortunately for Americans, the exchange rate is actually 1 euro to $1.43...

Stephanie said...

Geraldine, thanks for the heads up...it must've been a Freudian slip...I was wishing the exchange rate was a little better :)

Emily Hill said...

Such cute clothing! Fortunately I have a girlfriend or two who would be willing to share shipping costs. I'm off to check it out!

koodeker said...

so cute. it's times like these i think i want a baby.

michelle said...

I went crazy in their store last year, love the clothes and they fit my kids perfectly. The clothes are so affordable I think it justifies the horrible shipping cost.

Plus, it's so fun to get a package in the mail that says "Madame" before your name.

laurie said...

I shopped there (for friends with girls) while in Paris a year ago - truly is divine . . . come to think of it I got dreamy socks and jammies for the boys!

Thanks for the reminder - it reminded me of fun times in paris!

Margaret said...

I love dpam clothing and ordered some stuff this fall but believe me it did NOT take 3-6 days to arrive to NYC. customs problems meant it was returned to france, then re-shipped to me and then sat in customs for about a month! there were all sorts of complications and I had to email dpam and call their customs agents many times to move things along. and then there was the 10% duty i had to pay! worth it to a crazy person like me but for most people it would be a bit much! fair warning.

The Good Wife said...

those boots are killer.... i gotta check it out.

liz stanley said...

awesome! thanks for the tip!

Ava Is The Boss said...

Adorable I love it! Would wear it myself!

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for the info on this darling site. I ordered on Thursday and my order arrived today! (Chicago). The quality is wonderful, and the boys clothes were so cute. I think it is hard to find really cute stuff for boys. I mean really,one can only wear so many polo shirts and Star Wars costumes! :)

celia said...

oo great post! we're going to paris in a matter of weeks, so I'll definitely have to stop in! thanks!

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