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Back To College? Get A New Budget-Friendly Wardrobe Shopping At These Places

Mridula posted on 14 June

Ten-Second Takeaway

A new year in college, requires a new look, don’t you think? For Chennaities looking to give their wardrobe a makeover and get the perfect essentials, here’s where you can head for budget friendly shopping before beginning the academic year.

Fountain Plaza

Super close to most of Chennai’s girls colleges, Fountain Plaza is the place for comfortable footwear for college, cheap phone cases and the A to Z of tailors. Their underground floor is filled with tailors who stitch everything from trendy tops to off-shoulder dresses, kurtis and lehengas and more. The footwear shops in a row next to the phone cases hub, have all kinds of footwear, especially slip ones starting at INR 120 and are best for everyday wear. They even have pretty kolhapuri chappals, ballerinas and wedges. Read more here.

Spencer Plaza

Western and ethnic tops, tailoring units, budget friendly bags, accessories and t-shirts, Spencer Plaza is the oldest plaza to find all college essentials under one roof. Sure, it’s not as popular as it once used to be, but fret not, it still has many hidden gems here.

For most college goers who have dress code restrictions, here’s where you’ll find kiosks of all types selling clothing and footwear starting at INR 100. Don’t forget to head to the end of the old block in Phase 2 for mind-blowing variety of footwear. Along the way there, you’ll find printed tees, superman t-shirts, Kashmiri coats and more. Read more here.

Pantheon Road

The textile and fabric paradise of Chennai has got to be Pantheon Road. From kalamkari to bandhini, Aztec prints and even funky cat prints, Pantheon Road has the best materials for as low as INR 40 per meter. And the best part is you can bargain your heart out through the entire street. Most recently the road has also opened up shops which sell colourful off-shoulders, floral tops and more, at around INR 200. Read more here.

Pondy Bazaar

Is street shopping really complete in Chennai, without visiting Pondy Bazaar? While the T-Nagar street is filled with truck loads of goodies, our favourite picks from here are the earrings, footwear and cotton kurtis. Earrings for as low as INR 20 to go with even everyday wear and also dangling options to go with western wear. Pondy Bazaar is another hub for slip ons and mirror work jhootis and such, to beat monotonous college days. Read more here.


30, Sir Thyagaraya Road, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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    Mint Street

    This place is a delight to add vibrant and pretty additions to your wardrobe this year. We found floral clutches, leather slings and even cute backpacks starting at INR 200. As you walk into the narrow lanes of Sowcarpet, you’ll also find Ted Baker-style bags apart from pretty Rajasthani styled stuff. And right next to the sari and blouse shops, are kiosks selling kurtis of all sizes and ranges.

    If you’re searching for quirky prints then this is the place to be. And if you’re into customisation then you’d get everything from patches to unique embroidery pieces and materials. Needless to say, the shops right next to the Jain Temple sell amazing junk jewellery for as low as INR 40. Read more here.

    Besant Nagar

    Students living in and around Besant Nagar, Fast Fashions is where you’ll find baggy tops, striped shirts and pretty scarfs. For summer dresses, long skirts, branded jeans and linen wear, you could head to Elliot’s Fashions bang opposite to the Besant Nagar beach, on the farther end. And Trends below Fast Fashions sells Bath & Body Works, Victoria Secret and other branded cosmetics. Though we don’t vouch for their authenticity.

    Also in Besant Nagar is Methiyadi and Star Supreme footwear. While Methiyadi is a hit among the 20 year-olds and offers rubber slippers in cool blue, bright pink and other vibrant colours, Star Supreme is everyone’s childhood favourite that has on display glitter ballerinas, striped wedges, bamboo material slip ons and many other range of footwear, starting at INR 120. Read more here.