Shopping for western clothes in Mumbai (for a female)

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Hi shoppers

I will be going to Mumbai in a week and am planning to buy my clothes for Indian traveling there. I'll be spending a couple of months in Varanasi (feb, march, april, may), and a couple of months traveling through South India (may, june, july).

I'd like to buy decent clothes, western style, but I may combine them with some Indian style clothing as well, although I don't think it will ne necessary to dress completely "traditional" as I won't blend in anyways with my pale skin and light hair

Last time I was in Mumbai I visited a mall, but I was not very much impressed, as it was a small one, and the only one in the neighborhood.

I am looking for a place in Mumbai with the most centralized shopping area, where I can buy the clothes I need. I prefer branded clothes, but this is not necessary. Also, I am not the expensive clothing shopper...but I do prefer at least "decent" quality..

Anyone familiar with shopping in Mumbai that can help out?
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Try Atria mall Worli for branded stuff
Phoenix Mills - mainly Indian brands
Oberoi Mall (goregoan for Indian/Imported brands)
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Atria mall is definitely on the higher scale of 'up market'.

Try Pantaloons stores located at most malls [incl. Phoenix], or Shoppers Stop, Globus, West side etc. Hill Rd and Linking Rd at Bandra have a huge selection of stores selling branded and non branded [or not known brands!] Western clothing at all price ranges, and more important - in all sizes, apart from street stalls with cheaper stuff.

Outlet stores of most brands are located in the Lalbagh - Parel area.

Also look for stores like The Loot and a new one The Grab located all over the city, another one is Mega Mart or maybe its Mini Mart, not sure. These stores claim to stock branded clothing at huge discounts. Havent been myself but I hear a lot of people are quite satisfied.

For cheap clothing, look at Fashion Street and Colaba Causeway [subject to negotiation] and wherever else street stalls are located. If all else fails, buy plenty of these and bin them at the end of your trip.
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Thanks!

I see that there are basically three areas where I should look around, which is the area around Phoenix Mills (the Lalbagh - Parel Area), the area around Bandra, and for Westside I need to go to the Infinity Mall in Andheri.

Mmm...have to think about where to begin!

By the way, I found the address of a the Loot store in the Parel area, but couldn't find an address of a the Grab store...do you have any idea?
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Ow and I can't find linking road on the map...?
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post Try Pantaloons stores located at most malls [incl. Phoenix], or Shoppers Stop, Globus, West side etc. Hill Rd and Linking Rd at Bandra have a huge selection of stores selling branded and non branded [or not known brands!] Western clothing at all price ranges, and more important - in all sizes, apart from street stalls with cheaper stuff.
I agree. Good advice for ya Redmarsy Especially if you're also looking for pants and need to try stuff on you're better off at dept stores like Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop, and West side-type places.
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Also look for stores like The Loot and a new one The Grab located all over the city, another one is Mega Mart or maybe its Mini Mart, not sure. These stores claim to stock branded clothing at huge discounts. Havent been myself but I hear a lot of people are quite satisfied.
I'll vouch for this as I went there a mo ago. Got some awesome deals where the above-mentioned dept stores I personally found to be almost as expensive as the U.S.
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For cheap clothing, look at Fashion Street and Colaba Causeway [subject to negotiation] and wherever else street stalls are located. If all else fails, buy plenty of these and bin them at the end of your trip.
Absolutely, couldn't agree more. As a student in Mumbai, that's where I used to shop. Gotta say, I still love 'em and have a huge fondness for Colaba in particular.

General note to all shoppers not used to Indian ways <grin> - know your chest, waist, hip measurements and length of tops and pants b/c many places esp stalls have one size e.g. for kurtis. Some stores will have a tape measure which they call "inchie tape" and happily check for you if you ask.

However, it's not a bad idea to bring your own tape measure even a paper one like they have at Ikea will work. Just hate for anyone to be disappointed if looking to wear something on the trip only to find it doesn't fit. Oh and allow for shrinkage in cotton clothing when considering size.

Obviously this is not an issue for accessories e.g. scarves, belts, or even flip-flops/slippers ("chappals" is the Hindi word for these), but just thought I'd mention this b/c I went w/ an American friend who is a size 14 (saying this for reference only), and she had trouble finding clothing the right size for her

BTW, for Bandra, here are 2 links:
http://www.mumbaipluses.com/chemburg...&comments=true
http://goindia.about.com/od/shopping...shopping_6.htm
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[QUOTE=Redmarsy;661773]Thanks!

I see that there are basically three areas where I should look around, which is the area around Phoenix Mills (the Lalbagh - Parel Area)
Phoenix Mills Mall is on Tulsi Pipe Rd, the outlet stores are on the other [east] side of the railway line, between Lalbagh and Parel.

, the area around Bandra
Hill Rd in particular - several smaller stores opp. Globus - probably the best choice and price, all have fitting rooms, also they will alter to your size within half an hour.

, and for Westside I need to go to the Infinity Mall in Andheri.
There is a Westside opposite the Jahangir Art Gallery in Fort

Mmm...have to think about where to begin!

By the way, I found the address of a the Loot store in the Parel area, but couldn't find an address of a the Grab store...do you have any idea?
There is one at Chira Bazar on JSS Rd nr Princess Street, a Loot on Charni Rd near the famous saree shops, Ive seen all of them elsewhere but never bothered to notice exactly where. Try justdial.com in Mumbai for store listings.



Linking Road - the shopping precinct part of it - is between Bandra and Khar. It is most famous and everyone but everyone will know where it is. If you are coming there by train, get off at Bandra or Khar station and take an auto rickshaw.


Big Bazaar which is more famous for its supermarket is in virtually all the malls, they also do clothing at reasonable prices, not sure about the quality.
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Hey there-

You really should tell us where abouts you will be located and then we could suggest the closest options for you. I would suggest West Side at Kalaghoda think its called Army building its one of their largest outlets in Mumbai. You could also try the malls at Vashi but that might be far for you - Inorbit i think it is... right next to Center One. Atria is a pricey place but you might find one or two shops.

Fashion street I would avoid, you would have to haggle like hell (pardon the expression) and the result would be clothes that arent going to last that much and you would probably pick up something at Westside at the same price range.

Causeway shops is a good option but you should really walk the entire length from Regal to the petrol bunk. If you are into skirts there are nice ones towards Souveniers for example which you might not come across. Added to this is that both sides of the causeway needs exploring along with a few branching roads where you can find Cotton world and what not.

I live walking distance for causeway and Kalaghoda, so I know what you get around there well. You can also go to FabIndia and Globus which are opposite to Westside. Lower Parel pantaloons is also a good option.

You might think it funny but I think it depends on you physique. Pantaloon pants for example suit some people while not others.

Trust me when I say that whatever you do buy in Mumbai will really stand out of the crowd when you are down south. Ive lived all over India and I find that we have a distinct way of dressing across India.

Well if you need anyy more help or help finding the shops drop me a line. I might even be free to window shop with you
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Hi there!

Wow, thanks for all the tips!! I don't know where I will be located yet, but as soon as I know, I will get back to this forum. Thanks!

And Rubik, are you sure you can handle a woman that desperately needs a new wardrobe, and will try everything on ten times?
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OK, so I will be traveling from my accomodation in Andheri to another accomodation in South Mumbai on Sunday, and I was planning to do the shopping on Sunday.... well provided that shops are open on Sunday. Are they?

So basically I can shop anywhere in between Andheri and South Mumbai, I need to be in South Mumbai at the end of the day.

Hope you can help out with my shopping route !
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Originally Posted by Redmarsy View Post OK, so I will be traveling from my accomodation in Andheri to another accomodation in South Mumbai on Sunday, and I was planning to do the shopping on Sunday.... well provided that shops are open on Sunday. Are they?
Yes, places like Chor Bazaar close on certain days (used to be Fri). The type of stores mentioned in this thread are all open on Sunday incl dept stores, and Linking Rd in Bandra which you can hit on the way to S. Mumbai.

Rest depends on where in S. Mumbai b/c Colaba might be too far south for you. I'll leave the route up to a local since I'm not one any more, attended college there many moons ago.

BTW, I wouldn't count on buying clothing at Big Bazaar. It's a mix of food, toiletries, some appliances, kitchen stuff and maybe underclothes. I went to BB is several cities and didn't see much in the way of clothing or even accessories. Maybe it's different for some bigger ones, don't know.
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Hah! I think I can handle it I can help plan your sequence in South Mumbai if you are interested, apart from that... I guess you should decide what kind of shops you visiting in Bandra then we can ensure you don't have redundancies - see the same thing everywhere. And btw if you dont like crowds you should hit South mumbai sunday morning / afternoon. Shops like westside will be crowd free and you wont wait for the trial rooms :P Most of the shops will be open here, I can check and get back later. Only thing i know is shut is Asiatic.
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Why dont you make a proper shopping list over here. Where you from if i may ask. Oh and im out to Chennai next weekend and I think thats the weekend youve set for your shopping spree. Good luck!
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If you will be in Andheri, check out Lokhandwala complex at Versova, the shopping is supposed to be really good there. Also there is a Shoppers Stop on SV Rd nr Andheri Station, and Andheri is not far from Bandra. Most shops do not open before 10am, and yes Sunday mornings will be less crowded. Some South Bombay shops may be closed Sunday morning, but in other areas, everything is open.

My friends young daughters [mid twenties] tell me that Elco Arcade in Bandra Hill Rd is a good place for jeans and trousers, altered on the spot!
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Actually unless you are a mix of Flash Gordon and Super Woman you can't cover all that ground in one day. Traveling all the way from Lokhandwala to Bandra to South Mumbai on a shopping spree... I wouldnt do that even though ive been in this city for around what 7-8 yrs.

Age is also a factor My advice stick to one part of town in a day and thoroughly browse... unless you are getting a guided tour.. but even then stick to a locality.

Off course variety is the spice of life and you get certain kinds of apparel in certain places. Choices .. choices!

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