It's almost Deepavali, everyone! Celebrate in fetching Indian fashion by heading to one of these stores or online sites to kit you and the kids out.
Hands up if any of you parents out there are guilty of some last-minute outfit panicking? (Don’t even get us started on all the best costumes flying off the shelves for Halloween. Or last-minute birthday cake stress…) And, with Deepavali mere days away, we’re here to give you some speedy and easy solutions to get you and the kids kitted out for any parties and school celebrations. The good news is these places are also great options if you and the minis have been invited to an Indian wedding, too. Winning!
The place to go for, well… just about everything! Head to the basement of this 24-hour den of amazingness and scour the racks for kids’ clothes and accessories. It can get pretty darn busy, so time your scavenger hunt (sans littlies, obvs) for late at night or early in the morning, then go wild in the aisles. This is a great option if you’re not looking to spend a lot – especially when those kids of ours seem to grow at the speed of light!
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704; mustafa.com.sg
This one is more for you, mums: this fashion favourite stocks truly beautiful saris and Indian clothes, so is ideal if you have a special occasion coming up. The store is only a short walk from Little India MRT, so it’s easy to get to – a big plus! Prefer to shop online? No worries! The choice is huge on Nalli’s website, and delivery usually takes between five and seven days.
Nalli, 10 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 219784; nalli.com
Little India Arcade and Tekka Market
Ok, if you’re looking for Indian clothes for kids this Deepavali, it makes perfect sense to hit up Little India for the real deal. You’ll be spoilt for choice in the colourful streets of this vibrant neighbourhood… and when all that shopping gets a bit much, think of all the yummy soul-reviving food on offer! Our picks? Make a beeline for Little India Arcade and Tekka Market to see what colourful clothes lie in wait.
How cute are Little Muffet’s offerings?! We cooed out loud at all the goodies on display on the website and want to add it all to our baskets. There’s a fab range for girls and boys, and you can even get matching items for siblings if you like a spot of matchy-matchy. Customer service is spot-on, too. While operations are based in India, delivery aims to be within five days from the date of despatch.
If you love a bit of twinning with your mini, this is the place for you! College Collection sells all types of Indian clothes for women, men and kids, so look no further if you want a one-stop shop that can kit out the entire clan. For mums, there are sarees and salwar kameez, dads will love the range of kurthas, shirts and pants, and the kids will be wowed by the silk dhoti, pavadai sets and more.
College Collection, 125 Serangoon Road, Singapore
Head on down to VivoCity, one of our favourite shopping malls in Singapore, and go check out the bricks-and-mortar store of Fabindia. It’s a brand that’s known and loved by Indians around the world, so you can be sure of sartorial success (pictured above). The clothes are definitely a bit pricier than what you’d find at the Little India markets and malls, but you’re paying for quality and craftsmanship.
Fabindia, #01-141 VivoCity Singapore 098585; fabindia.com
Another one for the grown-ups. For cute kurtees, slick salwar suits and more, try Mangalam on for size. This online store has a wide range of Indian clothes, so all that browsing can be done from the (air-conditioned) comfort of your sofa – yippee! Based in Woodlands, it can ship your purchases out to you pronto, via registered post. Spend over $50 and the postage is free, too.
Mangalam; 583 Woodlands Drive 16, #04-462, Singapore 730583; mangalamshop.com
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