I love discovering something new, and a real find was Cyrillus, a clothing store for men, women, and children. Cyrillus also has a line of interieur goods, mostly linens. Far from being couture, Cyrillus is relatively affordable. And if you're lucky enough to hit an August sale, you can find some bargains.
But the most wonderful thing about Cyrillus is their website. From there you can view (or download) their online catalogue and preview the upcoming season's styles. Yes, you can order from Cyrillus, though the shipping makes it expensive. Much more fun is paging through the catalogue then copying the styles with purchases from Target, Old Navy, j.crew, T.J. Maxx--wherever you shop.
And the styles are authentic. True to French prêt-à-porter, the clothes are simple, practical, and of high quality. The dresses in the spring collection can be worn on their own, though you'd be just as likely to see them worn as a top with a pair of cuffed jeans.
The Cyrillus website has an English version and a version française, providing an opportunity to practice your reading in French! I subscribe to the Cyrillus newsletter; the newsletter is free, keeps me up-to-date on styles, and is like a small gift from France everytime it shows up in my mailbox.
Check it out, and let me know what you think.