Where To Score The Best Dresses On A Budget

Looking for that perfect dress that’ll make you stand out from the crowd? Sure, you found it, but only to stop yourself because it’s way out of budget. Fret not, there’s a reason why we say that there’s always something for everybody when it comes to shopping in the city. Here are some great stores in the city for your perfect dress, under {gasp!} INR 1,500. Happy shopping!

Cat-A-Log

With a delightful collection that’s shipped all the way from China and Bangkok, this store, near Toto’s {Pali Naka} owned by Nisha Lalvani, has something on offer for everyone {dresses, junk jewellery, tops, pants, accessories etc}. You’re sure to find LBDs, floral patterns, maxi dresses and A-Line dresses here.

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Psst: Ask them for any specific pattern or design you’re looking out for and they’ll help you find it.

Shell Out: INR 850 upwards

Clothing Stores

Bansari Aparments, Shop 7, Near Toto's Garage Pub, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Cherry Fig

This export surplus store in Bandra West has international brands available to you at really reasonable rates, in all sizes. If you’re looking to rearrange your wardrobe, this is your destination. From denim dresses to fit and flares, A-line dresses to floral dresses, you’ve got a variety to choose from.

Psst: Great for casual and semi-casual wear. If you buy in bulk, you can bargain here.

Shell Out: INR 900 onwards

Clothing Stores

Libra Tower, Shop 4, Opp. St. Spanislaus High School, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Fuss Pot

A tiny store housed in a garage, Fuss Pot sells export surplus goods from Thailand and boy, do they have variety! They have a mix of casual and semi-casual wear, with sizes usually available. Their dresses include maxis, LBDs and floral patterns.

Psst: They also store quirky merchandise if you want stuff to do up your place.

Shell Out: INR 900 onwards

Clothing Stores

Bhagwan Niwas, Ground Floor, 1, 18th Road, Khar West, Mumbai

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Mesh

With fashionable clothing that comes from Thailand and other parts of South East Asia, you’ve got enough options to choose from – casual to even special occasions at Mesh. This eclectic little store has something for everybody, catering to trendy and bohemian sensibilities alike, with maxis, party dresses, A-lines and summer dress options.

Psst: If you rummage around enough, you’ll find some interesting accessories to go with your clothes. Also, the extremely friendly owner is around to give you a helping hand.

Shell Out: INR 750 upwards

Boutiques

Rajgir Mansion, Shop 3, Opp. Lok Nirman Heights, Ambedkar Road, Khar West, Mumbai

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Fascination Garments

Diagonally opposite Mehboob Studio, with a sign that you just can’t miss, is this export store that can really bowl you over with their choices. You have a choice between branded labels and even local brands that cater to different shapes and tastes. From accessories to clothes, jewellery to dresses and bags, you’re spoilt for choice. Dress options include party wear, A-line dresses and summer dresses.

Psst: If you look around well, you might find some great brands on a big discount.

Shell Out: INR 650 upwards

Clothing Stores

241, Opp. Mehboob Studio, Hill Road, Ranwar, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Clothes Rack

Shopping on a budget? Don’t skip a visit to Clothes Rack. You’re sure to find summer dresses here, available in most sizes {they are well stocked}. You can find t-shirts, shirts, skirts, tops and even dresses {summer dresses, floral patterns, denims, skater dresses} to suit your budget.

Psst: They have another outlet in Bandra that you could explore.

Shell Out: INR 899 onwards

Clothing Stores

Laxmi Industial Estate, 33-D, New Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai

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Real Deal

If you’re into funky and bohemian attire, this is the place to visit. Smack in the middle of Colaba Causeway, Real Deal is pocket-friendly houses dresses {summer dresses, slip dresses, traditional pattern dresses, maxi dresses}, shirts, skirts, pants, pyjamas, kurtis, and lots more. The staff is super friendly and lets you browse around without a worry. The store is hugely popular with foreigners, for its sheer variety and awesome prices.

Psst: If you’re about to travel near the sea, this place has the perfect beachwear clothes.

Shell Out: INR 750 onwards

Clothing Stores

Opp. Bank Of Baroda, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai

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PAX

Hidden amongst columns of clothes hanging on display outside, Pax in Colaba is a dream come true if you’re on a budget and want something quirky and different. As you enter this export surplus store, you’ll see rows and rows of clothing that’s sure to boggle you for a good few minutes {trust us, we didn’t know where to begin!} Once you’ve found your rhythm, you’re sure to discover gems scattered around the place, if you look hard enough. Their dress options range from denims to good quality cotton A-lines, slip dresses to summer dresses and much more}.

Psst: They also sell bottle lamps to add that bit of eclectic at home {INR 1,000 – INR 2,000}

Shell Out: INR 350 onwards

Clothing Stores

Metro House, 11-A, Opp. Titan Watch Showroom, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai

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Hues I & II

Situated on Linking Road, this small shop is stacked from floor to ceiling with clothes meant for every occasion. Apart from a large variety of brightly-coloured clothes {pants, tops, jackets, shorts, dresses – formal wear, summer dresses, denims, waistcoats} they also stock slippers, bags and belts. Clothes of all kind are stacked by size, so it really gets easier to rummage.

Psst: If you want more options, visit Hues II, their second outlet, that’s nearby.

Shell Out: INR 850 onwards

Clothing Stores

Corner View Building, Shop 11, 15th & 33 Road, Near KFC Lane, Bandra West, Mumbai

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No Name, Andheri

Located in Lokhandwala, the No Name Export Store has a great collection of shirts, tops, jackets, denim, and dresses {shift dresses, maxi dresses, LBD, party wear} by well-known brands. So, if you’re looking for a wardrobe makeover, you know where to head to next. The staff can help you find clothing in most sizes and the best part is that it’s pretty pocket-friendly.

Psst: If you want a particular brand, just give them your number and they will get back with more options as well.

Shell Out: INR 1,000 upwards

Clothing Stores

Swiss Corner Building, Shop 4, Shastri Nagar, Andheri West, Mumbai

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Addery, Andheri

The collection in Addery is combination of all things cute and quirky. You'll get a boho feel when you wear their skater dresses, co-ords or cold shoulder tops. However, what we fell in love with, was their super affordable range of summer wear dresses. Starting from INR 1,200, they're a real steal. You can very easily buy yourself a whole new look at this store. 

Psst: They also have a range of junky, as well as elegant accessories. Get your hands on them. 

Shell Out: INR 1,200 onward

Clothing Stores

520, Opp. Natures Basket, Adarsh Nagar, Andheri West, Mumbai

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OMG, Matunga

More than the clothes at this store, the prices here will make you go oh-em-gee! Get yourself some linen dresses, at prices as affordable INR 800. The garments are all sourced personally by the owners and are mostly imported, along with some export surplus loot too. They bring in the new stock every Friday, so weekends are a good time to go here. Unlike most stores in Matunga, this one is open on Mondays too, so that's a bonus. 

Psst: Grab their best deals in cotton shirts and denims too

Shell Out: INR 800 onward

Clothing Stores

L.N. Marg, Matunga West, Mumbai

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Leo fab, Andheri

If you're someone who is tired of wearing kurtas and jeans, then go for Leo Fab's quirky collection of cotton dresses this summer. What's the bonus you ask? There are pockets in most of their dresses. Isn't that cool? You will get them at an affordable range of INR 1,000 and INR 1,500. 

Psst: This shop is in Lokhandwala but is slightly hidden. So, for better directions, it's the second left after you enter Lokhandwala road and once you get in, it's some 4th or 5th shop on your right.

Shell Out: INR 1,000

Clothing Stores

Kamdhenu Shopping Centre, G-9,Near Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West, Mumbai

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Forever, Bandra

Hill road in Bandra never disappoints us when it comes to scoring the comfiest dresses at pocket-friendly prices. And Forever is one such gem that sells cotton and chiffon dresses from INR 500 onward only. And don't get any wrong ideas about the fabric being cheap, because they last you for a good amount of years (we can vouch for that.) So if you're a regular ambassador of dresses, and are on a budget, you've gotta bookmark Forever. 

Psst: Their best collections get sold like hotcakes, so make sure you get there soon. 

Shell Out: INR 500 onward 

Clothing Stores

Canara Bank Building, Shop 1, Opp. Thakur Fabric, Bandra West, Mumbai

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