Celebrate Deepavali in style by heading to one of these Indian clothing stores in Singapore to kit you and the kids out in fabulous Indian fashion!
It’s that time of year for us to start kitting out the fam with colourful ethnic wear because the festival of lights is here! Yep, Deepavali is on 24 October, and we can’t wait to get decked out in our festive best. The charm of Diwali clothes lies in the complete ensemble, including the vibrance and material of fabrics, the fit, the intricacy of patterns, the accessories, and traditional footwear. And looking out for your perfect Diwali look might seem a bit daunting at first. But don’t fret, cause we have you covered with all the best places in Singapore to buy Diwali clothes. So hop onto our bandwagon, and let’s pack in some festive fun on a Diwali shopping spree!
What to buy for Deepavali clothes in Singapore
Deepavali clothes for Girls
Lehengas cholis or Ghagra choli
The lehenga choli is a very elegant ensemble and is a definite head-turner in our view! Imagine your littlie in this oh-so princessy outfit – adorable! The outfit includes a long floor-length flared skirt called lehenga or ghagra, a short fitted blouse called choli, and a long scarf called dupatta that completes the outfit.
This outfit looks chic and it’s elegant yet practical for the kiddos. The outfit comes with full-length trousers that are loose at the top and taper at the ankle – called salwar, and a long tunic that is knee-length called kameez or kurta.
If you are looking for similar ensembles like the salwar kameez, but in different styles, we suggest kitting up with a dainty Anarkali salwar suit or a Sharara. Not sure of the difference? An Anarkali Salwar suit is a long A-line flared dress worn with fitted pants or leggings called churidar, whereas the Sharara is a short tunic or kurta, and long flared pants like palazzos.
Accessories and Footwear
All the above outfits look complete with a long scarf called dupatta, bangles on both arms and ethnic shoes like sandals or mojdis or juttis
Deepavali clothes for Boys
The simple but stylish kurta pyjama transforms little boyos into dapper princes, and who wouldn’t want that for their littlie? The ensemble includes a long knee-length tunic or kurta, and a pant or pyjama. A formal waistcoat gives that finishing touch. For a modern touch to this outfit, your kiddo can even sport just a traditional kurta with a pair of jeans.
If you are looking for a similar ensemble as the Kurta pyjama but in a different style, we suggest trying out a Dhoti kurta. This is a loose trouser that tapers to the calf called dhoti and a shirt called kurta.
The above outfits look complete with ethnic shoes like sandals or mojdis. But if your tiny tot feels more comfortable in everyday play shoes, we say their Diwali outfit will look just as fab anyway!
A word of advice
Singapore’s weather can be sultry, and wearing clothes with thick fabrics heavily decked out can be too much for your littlies to handle. We suggest going for simple designs, and cotton fabrics with minimal beadwork. Make sure the length of the clothing (especially skirts) is around ankle length to prevent a bad trip. Who wants accidents on the festival day? If your littlies find the scarf (dupatta) too much to handle, by all means, exclude it. The outfit looks great on our little folks without the scarf as well.
Where to buy Indian clothes in Singapore
Nimbu is a homegrown Singapore brand that we can’t get enough of. Its ‘conscious clothing movement’ aims to bring sustainable fashion for kids to the forefront of our shopping sprees, ultimately slowing down fast fashion. This means more wardrobe space in our cosy Singapore homes! Yay! We love its curated collection of bright, colourful and comfortable ethnic wear, and they are all beautifully handcrafted. Don your little ones in a Nimbu piece for Deepavali, and we bet they’ll never want to take them off! Don’t miss out on their collection of accessories to go with the outfit you choose.
Nimbu, online only
Another homegrown Singaporean brand, Kucchalenas is chock full of gorgeous Indian clothes and accessories uniquely designed just for your kiddos – and yes, they’re fab-looking and comfy to wear too! With a new collection for Deepavali every year, there’s always a great selection of colourful and beautiful outfits to choose from. In fact, don’t be surprised if you find yourself running around the store to brighten up your own wardrobe too! While you are at it, why not check out the clutches and accessories section too? Don’t miss the Kucchalena choker sets, which we love!
Kucchalenas, 173 Selegie Road, Rochor, Singapore 188324
What started as a humble store in Little India Arcade is now a big and beautiful brand at Tekka Place with a stunning range of Indian apparel and accessories. Check out the kids’ section for the enormous collection of kurtas and kurtis to make the littlies look chic this Deepavali! And psst – they also offer a stunning range of jewellery, footwear and handbags.
Angkara, #01-30, Tekka Place, Singapore 218227
This one is more for you, mums. This fashion favourite stocks beautiful sarees in exotic fabrics like Georgette, Chiffon and Crepe. Check out the wide range of cotton sarees, which are perfect for this weather. Nalli also stocks other Indian clothes, 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 to seven days.
Nalli, 10 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 219784; 68, Serangoon Road, Singapore 217973
5. 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 Indian clothes lie in wait.
6. Little Muffet
How cute are Little Muffet’s offerings? We would love 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 for the brood. And what an array of accessories to choose from for the girlies, from bangles to hair clips. Another basket, please! Customer service is spot-on, too. While operations are from India, delivery aims to be within five days from the date of dispatch.
7. College Collection
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 so many sarees and salwar kameezes to choose from, while dads will love the range of kurtas, shirts and pants. As for the kids? They’ll be wowed by the silk dhoti, pavadai sets and more.
College Collection, 125 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218030
Head on down to VivoCity, one of our favourite shopping malls in Singapore, and go check out the brick-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. 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. We love their collection of brightly coloured cotton ethnic wear for kids, like the three-piece lehenga sets and block printed jackets for the boys. Best part? Cotton fabrics and Singapore weather are best friends for our little folks to have a happy and comfortable Deepavali!
Fabindia, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-141, Singapore 098585
9. Mangalam Shop
This stunning store at Thomson Plaza has a wide range of Indian clothes to feel and fit before you buy. Their wide range of kurta pyjamas and kurti salwar sets are just perfect for our little friends. Visit their online store to browse the fabulous Indian fashion from the comfort of your sofa – yippee! You can either collect your purchase from the store or have it delivered to you at a delivery fee of S$5. Psst, the store is also stocked up on adorable Lord Krishna outfits if you’ve been on the hunt.
Mangalam, Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Road #01-16, Singapore 574408
10. Mustafa Centre
The place to go for, well… everything! Head to the basement of this 24-hour den of amazingness and scour the racks for kids’ Indian 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 Road, Singapore 207704
11. Dakshaini Silks
If you are looking for that perfect Deepavali look for the fam, this store has in-house designers and tailoring services to give it to you! Dakshaini Silks is a one-stop shop for Indian fashion ethnic wear in Singapore with a wide variety of kurta sets, ghagaras and dhoti sets for kids, stunning sarees and churidars for women and kurtas for men. Best part? Most of the outfits are made with exotic silks sourced from the best suppliers from across India.
Dakshaini Silks, 13 Upper Dickson Rd, Singapore 207473
Name it, and they have it! Jinder’s is a great place in Singapore to head for a great Deepavali shopping trip with the fam, as it showcases a curated collection of many designer brands all under one roof. Best part? It’s conveniently located within a short walking distance from Rochor and Little India MRT. Psst, don’t miss out on its storewide sale at a flat 25% off on all your purchases plus free delivery for orders over S$40. While you are at it, check out the wide variety of gifting options in the store, like clutch bags, jewellery, designer scarves (dupattas), and so much more!
Jinder’s, 153 Selegie Road Singapore 188316
13. Fashion Palace
This is a pit stop worth making to fill your Deepavali shopping cart, and it is a short walking distance from Little India MRT station. There are plenty of ethnic options for the whole fam to kit out with, including complete ensembles and accessories. We love the half saree options Fashion Palace has in store for little girls. It also has a stock of stunning brocade and ikkat fabrics, in case you are looking to have your festive look custom designed this Deepavali.
Fashion Palace, 8 Buffalo Road, Singapore, 219783
14. Ruma’s Collection
Ruma’s Collection started as a small home-based fashion brand, which slowly built its way up to being featured in noteworthy fashion shows in Singapore. If style and statement woven together with tradition are what you are looking for, then you are definitely at the right place. We know the fam will look stylish in any of the colourful kurti sets the brand has in store. Ruma’s Collection has a lifetime privilege card you can avail of, where members get access to exciting offers, Birthday-month discounts and other discounts. Don’t miss out on some hot deals on select outfits in-store.
Ruma’s, #01-78 Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Rd, S-574408, Singapore
15. Mrithun’s Clothing
How about a ladies’ day out? This pick is for all you mums and your little princesses. Mrithun’s Clothing has a whole host of floral printed Indian ethnic wear for the kiddos for Deepavali, and we simply love it all! Moreover, don’t floral patterns vibe so well in hot and tropical Singapore? Little ladies will look lovely and fresh in its collection of summery anarkalis and lehengas. For the mums, there’s such a variety of stunning embroidered kurti-pant sets that we think you might need a lot more time for this pit stop.
Mrithun’s Clothing, Bukit Batok west ave 5, Good view gardens, Singapore 650386
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