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Recommended clothing shops in Colombo

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

Written by
Time Out editors

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.

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Mannequins adorned in chic dresses, trendy handbags and comfy footwear; the stylish display of the Aviraté store at the New Wing of the Liberty Plaza, entices the shopper to enter a world of contemporary fashion for the modern woman. Inspired by the latest trends from the fashion runways, there are a plethora of designs to suit a wide-range of individual taste. The store interior is designed with gleaming chic and a chrome yellow floral light feature that is captivating. The collections are displayed methodically, enabling convenience for the shopper. Aviraté offers an extensive selection of dresses, from casual T-shirt dresses, to comfy shirt dresses to complementing body-con dresses. Glamorous and elegant evening wear is the hallmark of theselection.Shopperscanalsochoose from a range a pants including palazzo pants, ponte pants and formal trousers. From pretty blouses to smart formal shirts, Aviraté offers a wide selection of tops. Their collections include jackets, blazers and shrugs. Boost your confidence and wear any design that suits your fancy; Aviraté offers a range of contouring shapewear. Experience the sunny beaches of the island in Aviraté’s stylish resort and swimwear range.Their accessories collection, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and belts, will add a vibrant or elegant flair to your outfits. It is the perfect place to pick up a fashionable present for a loved one or a gift voucher, and the Aviraté store also offers gift wrapping service

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Conveniently located along Galle Road, Bambalapitiya, Navavi is a trusted name for men’s tailoring and suits. The flagship outlet specialising in suits and tailoring was established 55 years ago and now continuing with the third generation is catering to the sartorial needs of their loyal clientele. Navavi accepts orders for the tailoring of shirts, trousers, suits and specially designed wedding suits including for the groomsmen as well as pageboys. They also take orders for the tailoring of uni- forms for staff such as in the hospitality and aviation sectors of Sri Lanka. From leading hotels to the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Navavi has a reputation for maintaining a good quality and finesse. The tailors at the outlet are experts of the trade and are constantly updated on the latest trends in design, colours and fabric on the world stage. In fact, Navavi imports fabrics from countries such as England, Italy, Bangkok and India and further ensure that the stocks are available if an urgent order is given. While their prices are competitive, they always guarantee the best product and service for customers. One of the most renowned services offered by Navavi is bespoke tailoring, where tailors discuss with customers about the latest styles and the design most suited for their individual taste and occasion. Bulk orders are also accepted with the assurance to deliver consistent quality. Generally, Navavi requires a minimum of ten days to provide the final product. Yet, in keeping

Fabric Gallery
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Located at the heart of the Duplication Road in Bambalapitiya, Fabric Gallery is a paradise for fabrics. The five story building is renowned for its vast fabric collection and this building incorporates both fashion as well as fabric items. The ground floor displays a vast variety of fabrics, imported from countries such as Korea and Indonesia. They have a plethora of material varieties from silk to cotton, georgette and linen. Printed and striped patterns of fabric with subtle and striking bold colours are also available. Shoppers will be spellbound by the materials on display at Fabric Gallery, which includes brocade, raw silk and satin, and also a variety of colours to choose from. Alongside the array of materials was a display of ready-made shalwar tops embellished with fancy stones as well as sequins. The one-piece unique designs of shalwar tops were available in chiffon and cotton materials. The floor also has a separate section featuring a variety of embroidered lace, beaded lace and plain lace that come in a variety of soft colours such as pearl white, light pink and white. On the second floor, one is greeted by large antique mirrors in the shape of the sun. Also displayed were mirrors of contemporary design, delicately studded with fashion stones. The floor also showcases accessories, handbags, shoes and cosmetics. From modern to traditional jewellery, the separate sections have been designed to cater to the various needs of the customers. Cosmetic products such

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Selyn features a collection of handloom products from textiles, sarees, curtain fabrics, bed linen to soft toys and much more. The flagship store is situated at a quaint corner in Fife Road and could be easily located. It is Sri Lanka’s only fair-trade guaranteed company. They also sell a rage of interior décor items, and the prices are moderate. Selyn is recommended for good quality products and unique designs. What’s more, the service is friendly and their staff is always obliged to help you and even offer suggestions on what’s best, if you require their assistance while shopping at the store.

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Pallu is an exclusive retail boutique with an extensive collection of shalwars, kurtis, lehengas and sarees. The two storeys of Pallu are a rainbow of colour, glamour and style. It caters to those searching for both simple or grand ethnic wear that is unique, fashionable and traditional. The jewellery section holds your attention as you enter. Traditional costume jewellery including chokers, long necklaces, earrings and bangles will dazzle the shopper. The footwear collection ranges from fancy heels to cute flats. There is also a range of handbags to match. The ground floor has a area specially allocated for the one-of-a-kind as well as limited edition designer shalwars. These readymade shalwars are of the ‘anarkali’ style and in eye-catching hues suited for important events. They have a selected few multi-layered net shalwars with velvet, satin and brocade layers; a stunning piece for a wedding. These shalwars are exquisitely embellished with intricate designs and are detailed with stones and sequins. If it’s a saree you seek, Pallu will cater to your requirements. Their readymade anarkali frocks are stylish and come in eye-catching hues suited for important events. The six yards of the delicate frabics feature either attractive solid colours, rich floral prints or elegant motifs; a saree to suit every occasion. For a charming choice for everyday wear, the collections on the upper floor will be more apt. There is an extensive selection of readymade shalwars, ku

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