Pune is a total fashion hub with places like FC road, Camp, and Koregaon Park teeming with the latest trends. With Christmas and New Year approaching, its time for dress shopping! Here are some of the best places to buy western dresses in Pune:
The Koregaon park area has lots of roadside boutiques with bright window displays showcasing their best stock. It would be best to visit this area during non-office hours (anytime other than 10-11 am and 6-8 pm) since there are a lot of IT companies here.
You can visit the almost ‘always on sale’ store, ‘Enclothe’. Their trademark storage option is piling all their stock on huge tables where you can sift through it.
Then there’s also the triple threat- three stores side-by-side, all of which sell western party wear, glamorous sequined dresses, and pretty gowns. I think one of the stores is called ‘Cupid’, but I don’t recall the names of the other two. If you’re looking for some serious sparkle, like for a prom, farewell party, or similar occasion, this is the place to be.
On the opposite side, you’ll find ‘Cotton Village’, a store that sells more sophisticated, desi design, Indian motif style of clothes in mostly cotton and cotton-mix fabrics. But I doubt you’ll find a dress here. If you rather the long anarkali that resembles a flowy dress, you can check it out here.
If you do plan to do a great deal of shopping here, beware the lightness of purse afterwards. This is a pretty pricey area in Pune, so make sure you get quality worth the amount you spend.
P.S : You can also buy trendy footwear from the roadside vendors here.
Clover center is located close to MG road. One of my recent shopping excursions took me there recently, and there was a pretty large variety of dresses, bags, and accessories. You’ll have to walk into many stores to find what you’re looking for. Not many stores have changing rooms though, so make sure you buy something you know will fit.
There’s also this store that sells the most amazing earrings and ethnic jewelry. The quality is very good, but the shopkeeper does not budge from the price at all!
You can also buy ethnic wear here. Just have fun looking around in all the little shops. The newest trends are showcased on mannequins, with complementary accessories and shoes. This should also give you an idea for styling your latest buy.
Malls : Central Mall, Phoenix Market City, Pantaloons
The Central mall has branches in Deccan and Bund Garden road. The Deccan branch is new, and relatively small, but you can visit either. You’ll find a large variety of dresses from a number of well known brands.
Phoenix Market City is a huge shopping complex located in Viman Nagar where you can buy electronic devices, groceries, clothes, accessories, and everything in between. They also have a multiplex on the top floor, a lot of restaurants, and bars. It will take up most of your day if you plan on seeing everything. There are some great stores for dress shopping here : Westside, Mark & Spencers, Global Desi, Unlimited, Ethnicity, FabIndia, and many more.
Pantaloons is located on SB road, opposite the JW Mariott hotel. The mall offers a huge range of western dresses. You can find casual wear, formal wear, party wear, all in one location. They also have a great winter collection that came out recently.