Shopping in Bangalore can be quite daunting if you don't know where to look. So if you want alternatives to mall clothes, here is my basic guide for women's clothing:
    Chic Casuals

 

Skirts, cotton trousers, capris, interesting t-shirts (not the regular boring ones but short ones with sequins and little design elements). Also casual party wear. Price Range: Rs.200 - Rs.1000.

1) MAX - end of Commercial Street, opposite the police station. Cheerful, well-designed casuals in all sizes.

2) Showoff - Brigade Rd., opp. Brigade Towers near All Saints. Only for small framed people as they stock stuff from Malaysia!

3) HUM India - Church Street. Next to Bheema & also at Commercial St., opp. Woody's. Various sizes, good selection of party wear and branded t -shirts. You get GAP, VonHutch, Morgan etc. (Sometimes you get one free if you buy three. Prices start at Rs.300)

4) Tibetan Market at the Indo - Dubai Shopping Complex, Rest House Rd - it's a lane off Brigade road. Take the 1st left after Nilgiris and Fifth Avenue when you are walking towards M G Road.
Once you reach the complex, get into the basement and you could stroll through nearly 20 shops that have unique casuals - you get great polka dots and skirts here.

5) Dirty Fashions - this one is a favorite with college kids. It's on the lane opposite Woody's on Commercial St. and has interesting party wear - chiffon tops, sequined tops. You also get sleek formal skirts and trousers.

6) Arihant Plaza & Mahavir Plaza - next to Metro Shoes, on the right-hand side when you drive straight into Commercial St. from Cauvery Emporium on M G Road (you have to cross two traffic signals).

Here you get more than just formal and casual clothes - you have various little stores selling shoes, bags, glares, watches, jewelry and cosmetics (don't buy important stuff like sunscreen here though - may not be fresh).

7) Gypsy Casuals - Koramangala, near Lazeez and Jyothi Nivas college.
Again, a college favorite.
    Bargains and Summer Clothes

 

Disposable clothes for summer and branded factory outlets. Price Range: Rs.100 - Rs.350.

1) Fashion Factory - factory outlet of Bangalore's biggest export house, Gokuldas Images. Nothing fancy here, but functional, good quality casuals.

2) Safina Plaza, Infantry Rd. - go to the 1st floor and walk around. You'll find 2 -3 factory outlets which have cute designs. Great for linens in all sizes.

3) In the narrow lane opposite Woody's on Commercial St, next to Dirty Fashions, you'll see a mannequin on the ground floor that leads to a store on the first floor. Great for disposable, but interesting clothes. MUST Bargain like crazy if you look like a foreigner!

4) Commercial St. - opposite Metro shoes and Arihant Plaza there's a crockery store in the basement. Next to that you'll see a stairway with clothes hung on either side. Go upstairs. They have linens and can even tailor for you if you choose their fabric.
    Affordable Designer Wear

 

Boutiques which stock young designers and prêt lines of established designers. Price range: Rs.1000 onwards for a blouse. Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 for skirts.

1) Marmalade, Next to Spratt hair salon, Magrath Rd, walk down from Garuda Mall towards Eva Mall and you'll find Spratt in between - great sequined skirts and kitschy stuff

2) Be: - Forum Mall and Commercial St - they have Wendel Rodricks to Priyadarshini Rao. Great if you want to buy a "label", but not so hot otherwise.

3) Aftershock, Eva Mall, Brigade Rd - prepare to be dazzled by the color and the sequins. Must-see even if you don't buy anything here.

4) Boheme, 2nd left after India Garage, Victoria Rd - showcase for upcoming designers.
5) Collage, Wood Street, Ashoknagar - good selection by young designers.

6) Levitate at Sanctuary, Hospital Rd, behind Safina Plaza - Bohemian and Kitschy accessories and apparel. Sanctuary is a "lifestyle souk" with a café.

Hope that helped. Feel free to add or ask for more info.

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smallsquirrel

wow, thanks…. so very comprehensive! :)

I am at a bit of a disadvantage cause 1) I am not college age or rich, so while I dress stylishly, I am not wearing slinky or flashy clothes… and 2) I am almost 6 months pregnant so…. hahahhah.

I am a regular to commercial street… the shop owners nearly cry when they see me because I bargain them right out of their profits (I guess the shock of a firang in thali and toe rings speaking kannada really knocks them for a loop)

I also like… FABINDIA…. handloom cotton clothing at reasonable prices. kurtas, western wear, sarees, dupattas, skirts, etc. (locations all over the city including commercial street, koramangala, indiranagar, etc.). you can get anything from truly ethnic wear to fairly plain-jane stuff. I like that I can buy my churidar and kurta separate…

pantaloons… it’s in sigma mall. I like the skirts there are they have XL so I can wear them up over my big belly. They also have western wear and Indian style clothing, so you can mix and match.

The rest of my clothes I get stitched.

thinktank

Deepa, it’s in Commercial street – in a basement near Westside – the board says Fashion Factory. You have to pass Dollar Store, KFC etc and you’ll find it on the left before you reach Westside.

Sabrina

HI smallsquirrel and thinktank,

Could you recommend a good tailor for western clothes? I’m bottom heavy and tend to have a huge problem finding pants that fit just right..

Please help!!!

thinktank

I think u should go to a boutique if you want a good fit in westerns – there’s a good one in Leela Galeria, lowest level , next to Frazer & Haws.
If u want a tailor for jeans there’s a good one in commercial street – jean joint or jean factory is what it’s called. Pass Anand Sweets and keep walking till you find it on the left hand side. It’s in a corrdor above a handicrafts store. There’s also a denim store by the same name, but the tailor is at the end of the corridor.

smallsquirrel

sabrina… hmmm…. I am afraid I might not be much help here. I never really went shopping for westerns here… the problem with many western stores such as Levi’s, etc, or Indian stores which sell western clothes (like Globus or Pantaloons) is that they sell for only one body type… which seems to have no hips, thighs or bum! I just brought all my western clothes with me from the US/Italy, and never tried to get any here.

Do you have pants already that you really like? go to a good tailor and have them replicated! sounds like the one thinktank recommended should do.

Also, if you are bottom heavy, skirts might be your best friend. Tops that hug a bit (not too much, though) or a nice fitted kurta that flairs over the problem areas (I know, not western wear) will help distract attention from the bigger bits below. also stay away from pants that hug your larger bits then flair out at the calves/ankles, which will only enhance your bottom. wide-leg pants paired with a nice fitted top will hide any problem areas for your shape. Also try pairing a printed top with solid bottoms to draw the eye upward!

norah

hi,
i wanna know a good tailor in bangalore for stiching suits….i am new to bangalore
and simply din hav idea dat there cud be dis much of crisis for good tailors in a city like bangalore….got marriages to attend and i havent found a single good tailor who cud design and stitch clothes in a proper way…
please help me!!!!!!!!!
pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez if u kno a good tailor ….

thinktank

I’m sorry. I don;t know any tailor in particular.
Have u tried asking around at commercial street?
I do know a boutique lady near koramangala who will stitch if u buy the suit material from her… Interested?
If i find anyone else, i’ll post here.

meenakshi

Try Maria Rosa. She’s really good. Here’s her address.
Maria Rosa Couturiere
682 1st Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Ph: 25289819

She also has an outlet in Leela Galleria, Airport Road Ph:41255836

Jyothi

Try out “Kaya.. A designer’s expression” at Jayanagar.
I have heard that they stitch cloths very well but charge a bit more than others.

Address:
No. 9th Main, 5th block, Jayanagar, blore – 560041
ph : 080 56986916
url : http://www.seekandsource.com/kaya

Prachi Dutta

Hi,

I have recently shifted from mumbai to bangalore. I would like to know of good fashion boutiques in koramangala who are good in western and indian wear stitching.
I have recently delivered and hence need well tailored clothes. Would appreciate your gesture.

I also would like to prem complex details as in where is it exactly located???

Thanks a ton,
Prachi

thinktank

Dear Prachi,

Lucky for you – i was in koramangala today and spotted 2 tailors on the Jyothi Nivas college road. This is a landmark so anyone can direct u there. There’s a busy tailor in the basement of Apollo Clinic just opp the jyothi nivas college gate.
If you walk down a bit you’ll see another one on your left. They seem to be good.

If you want a proper boutique lady, please call Preeti on 9880965730 – i know her personally and she’s very good. Her place is close to koramangala on the Marble Road that connects Bannerghatta and Adugodi.
It is popularly known as “Marble Road”!

rekha

hey all…
Im a designer myself, n i work freelance. Of recently ive been trying to study our indian body types, and the kind of clothes that would work for them. U can contact me if u desire to have something designed,and tailored that would probably fit u well.
here is my mail id – rekha_jacob@gmail.com

rekha

hey all…
Im a designer myself, n i work freelance. Of recently ive been trying to study our indian body types, and the kind of clothes that would work for them. U can contact me if u desire to have something designed,and tailored that would probably fit u well.
here is my mail id – rekha_jacob@rediffmail.com

cmlak

I would like to know good shops to purchase sarees(for both younger and older ladies…) in Jayanagar/Gandhi bazaar……Can anybody pls give some suggestion on shops to purchase????

Neha

I also found a good boutique in Jayangar T Block. Its called JUST YOUR SIZE Designers. They are really cool. They have readymades – kurtis salwars etc and they also custom stitch. They claim they are best for medium to plus size women but when I went there I also saw a young crowd. Nice stuff and affordable. I think their site is
http://www.justyoursizedesigners.com. Phone 41502099. Ciao.

Preethi

Hey all… i would like to know a good tailor who can stich chudidars and saree blouse well..
really fed up of the tailors near by my house..

heard that there are good tailors in commercial street.. but there are lot many tailors… plzzzzzzzzzz.. help

thinktank

Dear cmlak – try Raja Market near Avenue Road – lots of shops for traditional wear. In Jayanagar try Angadi Silks.

thinktank

If anyone could recommend a tailor in commercial st for PREETHI please post here

smithsab

Hi,

I need to get alot of indian and western wear altered, could anyone suggest a tailor who does alterations? I find that the normal tailors usually donot want to take up alteration tasks

Smitha

Hi thinktank,

You have provided fabulous info about shopping in bangalore…

I am looking out for woolen wear,,(theraml,sweters)…pls suggest me some good shops offering reasonable prices…

Smitha

Hi smallsquirrel & thinktank

Kindly suggest me good tailors who can stitch chudidhar and blouse in commercial street and malleswaram…

smallsquirrel

sorry smitha… I never had it done there… I went only on airport road as I live in koramangala!

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