Culottes et Paris – Panties and Paris – A Story and Store Review


Join Gloria Swanson Jr. as she shares her glass-half-full moments while living in Paris, from discovering the best people and places in the coolest arrondissements to pairing the right wine with her very current divorce.

This week Gloria highlights a big reveal… and a sophisticated cover-up.



On my almost daily one hour walk with my dog this morning I walked through four arrondissements to get home.  I think I saw about six or seven culottes (panties)  on different streets.

Okay, so seeing panties on the street after a weekend or a major holiday is kind of a thing here.  Also, vomit, but I don’t think you would like me to talk vomit and panties in the same sentence.

I asked a few friends about why women leave their underwear on the street, and their comments ranged from “that’s the life” — which is so mignon (cute) — to ché pas which is slang for Je ne sais pas (I don’t know).

Regardless, where are all these great parties I keep missing?


Panties, a funny word.  I secretly giggle every time I hear it but I marvel when I see the culottes (panties) and soutiens-gorge (bras) of Louise Feillère (102 Rue des Dames, 75017 Paris).

Louise Feillère Atelier specializes in professional bra fitting and custom fit bras, culottes, corsets, bustiers, and satin thongs.  The shop offers three categories: mince (thin), classique, and généreuse (to fit women of all beautiful shapes).

And, last but not least, Madame Feuillère carefully selects her silks from Italy and French lace from Calais … so be sure her culottes do not end up on Rue Bonaparte!!!



Gloria Swanson Jr. is a freelance writer and American tour guide living in Paris.

Gloria’s private tours of Paris are for tres chic and ultra-fun folks who want to know the ins and outs of the famed and fabulous city.

Tours include the Bachelorette Panty Party (two hours filled with shopping, bra fittings, Red Bull, Champagne and petit fours) and the Big Fifty Fête (two hours filled with shopping, bra fittings, Champagne, estrogen toasts, and chocolates. Fans available upon request).

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Louise Feillere Atelier - Paris - Photo by Gloria Swanson Jr



  • Lead-In Image (“Cancan Dancer”) Courtesy of Mount Elbrus /; and
  • Louise Feillère Atelier Photo Courtesy of Gloria Swanson Jr.