Geneva, Switzerland is currently the 9th most expensive city in the world1, so shopping on a budget can be a challenge. Stay in style without breaking the bank by following these tips.
Know the knock-offs
Geneva is the land of milk and honey when it comes to high fashion choices, such as Fendi, Gucci, and Dior. You may be enticed by their gorgeous window displays, but their price tags will quickly bring you back to reality and searching for a good quality knock-off instead. Stores that top the list in this category are H&M, NAFNAF, ProMod, and Etam. These stores offer affordable choices for all of your Geneva basics: scarves, leggings, and boots.
As Good as it gets
If you are looking for the absolute best bargains in the Geneva area, there are a number of stores that can offer you a reasonable selection. The sifting through of items can be worth your effort when you’re on a tight budget. Shops that fall into this category include La Halle, Camaieu, and Kiabi. The best idea is to frequent these shops often as the inventory is varied and you never know when you might find a great deal.
Geneva is bordered by France. Although they are on different currencies (Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc while France is on the Euro), it is worth it to exchange some money and shop over the border in France. Switzerland is notoriously expensive. Two of the best French towns to shop in are Annemasse and Thoiry.
You would be surprised at the high quality and name brand clothes that are donated to the Red Cross in the Geneva region. This is an especially excellent source for children’s items because kids often grow out of things before they have had a chance to wear them out. If you have some extra time and patience to sort through clothes, the Red Cross store can be a treasure chest for Geneva fashion.
Now you are ready to strut through the streets of Geneva in style and still have enough cash to enjoy some lunch along the way!
1 Vanessa Wong, BusinessWeek, http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/109909/the-worlds-most-expensive-cities-2010