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6 Great Places for Budget Fashion in Dubai

Budget Fashion in Dubai

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A single shopping trip to the mall, 5 things in your bag and you’re broke for the week.

For those of us who don’t have deep pockets, and a laissez-faire finance structure at home, there are some great alternatives to outfits and accessories for daily use – a lot more affordable and durable than mall-bought stuff.

The best part? No one will notice.

Splurge on designer stuff where you need to. Besides, if Lady Gaga has taught us anything, it’s that you can wear a garbage bag with confidence and pull it off.

For the rest, where your month’s savings are skimpy and you need a new outfit, try these [thrift-shop style]:

 

1. Brands for Less

With various store locations across the UAE, this chain of retail stores is known to carry big labels like Michael Kors, INC, Adidas and Kenneth Cole – all with considerable mark-downs. Bags, dresses, shoes, toys, men’s wear – they have the whole nine yards.

Heads up: You’ll have to dig for what you like.

Location: Various

Timings: 10am – 11pm, all week

Phone: 04 3962434 [Oud Metha Branch]

Can you haggle: No

Tip: Go with a set budget in mind or you’ll spend more than planned [thus defeating the purpose].

2. The Dragon Mart:

The fashion district of the mall gives you a variety of bags, shoes and clothes to choose from that are durable, trendy [yes, trendy] and affordable. If you’re looking for a formal dress or gown, they have that too [You’ll be surprised].

We suggest you get your daily-wear shoes and accessories from here – No one will be able to tell.

Heads up: You’ll have to haggle to get a good bargain though.

Location: Al Awir Road, Dubai International City

Timings10am – 10pm

Phone
:
04 453 4282

Can you haggle: Yes

Tip: Park in the Fashion Parking Avenue. Also, ensure that you have your whole day open since you can wander here for hours!

Want to change your wardrobe? Find what you’re looking for on the Shedd App – a fashion community where you can buy second-hand designer items at a bargain.

3. Labels or Love

Do you know where all the stuff from labels goes if it hasn’t been sold? Here, you’ll find short shorts, basics, formal dresses, tops, cardigans, jackets, jeans, gym wear all ranging from AED 15-150. It’s a fantastic deal if you know where to look.

Don’t expect high-end designer wear, but this is the place for casuals.

Heads up: The one in Bur Dubai has a faster chaining collection while the one in Jumeirah carries some great party steals [with a larger dress collection]

Location: Near Burjuman, Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai & Jumeirah Beach Road[opposite Hudaiba Awards Building]

Timings
:
 10am – 10:30pm

Phone
: 04 3863536

Can you haggle: No

Tip: They have very few fitting rooms, so you want to gather all your items and go in all at once.

Budget Fashion in Dubai

4. Zabeel Flea Market

The flea market is the perfect place for people to buy and sell old items. If you don’t mind some perfectly good-looking second-hand garments, then hit this joint. It’ll take some looking around, but it’s a good place to find some steals.

LocationZabeel Park

Timings: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (for visitors)

Date: Check on [website] for the schedule

Entrance fee: AED 5

Phone: 04 398 6888

Can you haggle: Yes

Tips: Since it is outdoors and in a park, wear comfortable shoes and plenty of sunblock.

5. Naif Souq Markets

The Naif Souq market is hidden away in old Deira. We’d recommend giving it a shot if you don’t mind the chatter, a bit of traffic and a traditional ‘marketplace’ shopping experience. You’ll find charming Arabic and Indian wear here – especially great if you’re looking for textiles.

Check out the variety of kaftans, dupattas (shawls) and jutii’s (Indian shoes) in the market. It’ll be an exotic night out.

Location: Deira

Timings8:30am – 11:30pm

Phone: N/A

Can you haggle: Yes

Tips: Avoid going into lonely or secluded parts of the market, travel in a group if you can and always keep an eye on your purse!

6. Al Attar Center 

This basic shopping center is very popular with the expat Filipino community in Dubai. Alongside Filipino products, Al Attar Centre has stalls selling a range of affordable watches, mobile phones and accessories, and boasts stores that sell plenty of fashion and beauty products.

You can also get Ukay Ukay, which means second hand clothing at an affordable price. Think around AED 20 for a skirt; AED 40 for a jumpsuit and AED 15 for a top [and of course, quite a few wraparounds].

Location: Karama

 

Can you haggle: Yes

Tips: It’s a 10 minute walk from ADCB metro station, and if you have any friends that are great at haggling, make sure to bring them along!

Apart from the its above, there is a great pop-ups for seconds: http://www.myexwardrobe.com

 

If you’ve been somewhere where in the city where you can get great fashionable bargains and we’ve missed it out, don’t forget to comment below.

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