Useful French Phrases: Going Clothes Shopping


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Useful French Phrases: Going Clothes Shopping

Whether you’re hitting the sales or simply going to buy a new pair of shoes, here’s the vocabulary that you need to know for clothes shopping in France.

Essential French Phrases: Clothes Shopping

How much is this…: c’est combien pour ce/cette …

I would like to try on…: Je voudrais essayer

May I see the bag in the window: Je peux voir le sac qui est dans la vitrine?

It is too big/small: C’est trop grand/petit

I like it: C’est bon

I would like to change this skirt for …: Je voudrais changer cette jupe pour une autre

I have kept the receipt: J’ai gardé le ticket de caisse

What size do you take? Quelle taille faites-vous?

I take size 42: Je fais du 42

What size do you take? Vous faites quelle pointure?

I take size 38: Je fais du 38

Useful French Vocabulary: Clothes Shopping

Sale: solde

Marked-down: dégriffé

Discount: remise

Shop window: la vitrine

Size: la taille (clothes);la pointure (shoes)

Changing room: la cabine

Department (as in shoes, children’s clothes): le rayon (not department!)

Type/style: la forme; le modèle

Shirt: un chemisier (women); une chemise (men)

Skirt: une jupe

Dress: une robe

Trousers: un pantalon (it is not plural in French)

Tie: une cravate

Jacket (women): une veste longue

Jacket men: une veste de costume

Suit (women): un tailleur

Suit (men): un costume

Belt: une ceinture

Shoes: des chassures

Boots: des bottes

Ankle boots: des bottines

Trainers: des baskets

Shoes with a heel: des escarpins

Slippers: des pantoufles

Sandals: des sandales

Gloves: des gants

Handbag: un sac

Purse: un porte-monnaie

Wallet: un portefeuille

Ring: une bague

Necklace: un collier

Bracelet: un bracelet

Earrings: des boucles d’oreilles


Cotton: le coton

Wool: la laine

Silk: la soie

Linen: le lin

Leather: le cuir

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