Recommended clothing shops in Colombo

Spruce up your wardrobe courtesy of Colombo's countless clothing shops

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Clueless about where to shop for clothes in Colombo? Don’t worry, Time Out Sri Lanka will guide you through, what we call the insider’s guide to shopping in Colombo, that is also home to the most iconic fashion brands of the country. For example, you can go to House of Fashions, with its magnificent facade and state-of-the-art lighting where you can also shop for clothes for the whole family at reasonable prices. If you are looking for funky t-shirts with unorthodox, yet funny slogans about protecting the environment or wildlife, then Odel or Cotton Collection are the ‘go to’ places (check out Odel’s embark and Luv SL brands). And if you are going for a more sophisticated fashion statement, designed by prominent designers, then you should check out Aviraté or Kamsins (for Indian fashion). For men who love fashion, check out Hameedia for funky casual clothing, housing an urban fashion collection.

Odel

A name that’s now synonymous with Colombo, Odel is an integral part of the city’s shopping scene.  Boasting 33,000 square feet of sheer retail bliss, Odel has steadily grown from humble beginnings to a department store worthy of international acclaim. Odel’s exterior presence follows a traditional formula; tall arched entrances, brilliant white walls and rich wooden interiors, Odel is a homage to colonial architectural establishments in the city. 
Odel has a rich collection of clothes, from basic tees to exquisite designer wear, Odel is one of the few stores in Colombo that manages to appeal to both a mass and niche audience. Like any department store, apparel is just one of Odel’s product offerings. Designer time pieces, exotic sarees, an extravagant perfume collection, a cosy book store, an eclectic assortment of jewellery and a playful kids’ department truly makes Odel your go-to shopping destination. Though the very essence of Odel is shopping, you will be amazed by the number of things one can do within its richly adorned interior. From a Japanese sushi bar, to a French delicatessen, to a well stocked bar and even a foot spa.

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Kamsins

An elegant clothes store situated in Colombo 06, Kamsins is for the man and the woman and the young and the old with an inimitable range of designer saris, lehengas and shalwars, suits, sherwanis and kurthis. The accessories to glamorise the outfits are antique and hefty and blend well with the heavily embellished saris and other ladies’ wear. Kamsins specialises in wedding attire for the bride and the groom and every piece is intricately worked and embroidered with beautiful threads of gold, silver and bronze and a multitude of stones and sequins. Kamsins is also popular and frequented for being trendy by those knowing what’s in vogue in sari and men’s wear. Kamsins is a must-visit fashion store for Indian outfits selected only from the finest and cutting-edge designers of India.

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Romafour

Stretching up six levels, Romafour caters to all fashion needs. Their collections are contemporary as well as timeless. Their pieces are created with quality materials to ensure a longlasting and unique purchase. The store’s massive shopping space overflows with colourful and very stylish clothing. The ground floor and the first and second floors of the store has women’s wear. Walking in, one would feel as though they have entered an oasis of tailor-made designs. From detailed kurthas to evening dresses, the ground floor showcases utmost elegance, while also providing the customer with homeware. There is a separate section for watches, cosmetics and stunning accessories to choose from. Romafour also offers an interesting range of teas and wood ornaments that make ideal Sri Lankan souvenirs. The first floor is dedicated for special occasion wear; be it a grand wedding ceremony, graduation ball or birthday party. In this floor, ladies can avail themselves to a countless number of dresses in every colour imaginable. From lengthy flowing dresses to short playful dresses, Romafour has a range topleasemanypreferences. The saree station too keeps up with Romafour’s identity of providing customers a wide choice. There are also shoes, sandals and bags that will complement your look. The second floor has casual and office wear. Embroidered and neatly executed jackets are some of the exciting options here. Pencil skirts as well as various minimally embellished off

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Cotton Collection

With a slew of branches dotted across Colombo, Cotton Collection has quickly morphed to an eclectic fashion destination. Housing mostly local brands, the store itself can be described as a hybrid of bohemian chic and urban elegance. To a certain degree, Cotton Collection represents the very essence of Sri Lanka; laid-back, tropical and mysterious the stores offerings will tickle almost every consumer’s fancy. Ethnic skirts, quality leather loafers and crisp linen shirts are just a few of the items that Cotton Collection has in store. Cotton Collection has ample parking and, as an added bonus, the property is just adjacent to a delightful little strawberry desert parlour. 

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House of Fashions

A fashion centre of Southeast Asia replete with fabulous fashion, spread out across 250,000 square feet is a veritable shoppers’ paradise comprising some of the most well-known brands of clothing for men, women and kids, household items, fashion accessories and loads of gift items for any occasion. Seventeen escalators operate for ease of access for shoppers as well as a 350 car park for customer convenience. The ground floor has a vast lobby, information centre and ample cashier counters. Cosmetics, perfumes, and jewellery will capture the attention of any discerning shopper as they enter the first floor whilst women will be kept busy on the second floor dedicated solely to women’s wear. The fourth floor has a range of men’s wear and accessories including shoes, belts, ties and casual, office and high-end wear. An entire floor of this mega store is dedicated to kids ranging from infants to teenagers. Clothes, toys and accessories. The home ware section comprises a huge array of items designed to enhance the bedroom and the elegance of bathrooms. 

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Double XL

Double XL, located on Duplication Road, is a trendsetter in the Sri Lankan fashion industry. In 2010, Double XL embarked on a creative solution to make trendy, designer wear available in large sizes due to its non-availability in the market. “Beauty comes in all sizes” is the philosophy that drives Double XL. It is the first establishment in the country to stock fashionable attire in sizes rang- ing from Large to 7XL with a guarantee of high quality and comfort. Customers who once had to order clothes online or purchase from overseas to match their figure can now simply visit Double XL to purchase stylish plus-size attire. The store is designed with a wooden floor and an upbeat interior that has a touch of simplistic sophistication, allowing customers to engage in an exclusive shopping experience. Since fashion and attire create a personal statement, Double XL’s ladies’ section has unique, bold designs that highlight the confidence and grace of their customers. With many collections ranging from formal to casual wear, modern to ethnic, stylish evening dresses to lingerie, Double XL is committed to making fashion fun and full of excitement, regardless of size and shape. The store also offers a stylish collection of dainty jewellery and chic handbags to further enhance the elegance of the outfits. Making shopping easy and enjoyable for men, Double XL has a variety of stylish couture, from formal wear to shirts and t-shirts. The store also offers an array of

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Arcade Independence Square

A complex of colonial style buildings housing a host of outlets and facilities for shopping, dining and entertainment. It’s the latest prominent landmark in the city with outdoor sitting areas, promenades, fountains and flowerbeds while inside are 24 retail stores ranging from clothing to electronics. Both local and international brands are represented here, including Nike, Levis, Giordano, Samsung, TITAN, Parfumerie, Kookaburra, Stone ‘N’ String and Amante. Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai, Japanese and fast food restaurants are among the dining options and there is a Cineplex for 3D movies.

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NOLIMIT

With a slightly over ambitious name, NOLIMIT is a local fashion chain that is immensely popular, as it targets the budget-conscious customer. The store spans three floors offering household goods, women’s and kids’ wear and men’s wear. Parking tends to be a wee bit difficult but the staff here are extremely helpful. A word of caution, NOLIMIT tends to get crowded, and we mean crowded.

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Rithihi

An elegant façade down Alfred House Gardens, shaded by serene temple trees, is a paradise for those who seek an ethnic or traditional style. Rithihi is not an everyday retail experience. Rithihi’s hallmark is their wide range of vibrant saris. With saris from all the regions of India, the collection caters to all tastes. Intricately hand embroidered, or daintily worked saris makes Rithihi an oasis of six- yard pleasure. Many of these saris have taken at least 6 months to complete and thus boast of detailed artistry. Simple cotton saris that let its modesty speak for itself too are available. Exclusive and one-of-a-kind Indian and Sri Lankan designer saris are also available at Rithihi. The store also provides traditional clothing including kurthas, jackets, pants, shawls and jewellery. The top floor has a colourful collection of dupattas (shawls) and stoles that would make the perfect tasteful and delicate accessory to both Western and ethnic outfits. A wide collection of kurthas designed to perfection exudes grace and opulence with a hint of lavishness. Compliments are guaranteed for the wearer of these works of art at any special function. Unique accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings can also be purchased here. Natural soaps, body salts, lotions and oils that are organic products of Sri Lanka are also available here. Rithihi is a colourful paradise of style that has stood the test of time. 

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The Factory Outlet

The Factory Outlet specialises in casualwear for the whole family, from jeans to t-shirts. It also sells a range of accessories for all ages, from belts to bags. The shop stocks US and European brands but also offers its own quality range of t-shirts and shoes. Open 365 days a year, it offers the perfect opportunity to stock your wardrobe with the latest trends. You'll find fashionable clothing for men, women and children. The other good thing about what's on offer is it is all affordable, which means you don't have to panic when you look at the price tag. The store launched in 2011 and already has three Colombo branches. 

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