Looking to buy traditional Indian kids’ clothes for Diwali 2020 or a special occasion? We check out the best spots to buy Indian clothes for kids and adults in Singapore and online
Deepavali (or Diwali) ‘The Indian Festival of Lights’ is almost here (November 14th) and whether your child has a special celebration at school, or your family is looking to just dress up and celebrate at home or with an online Diwali event, it’s a fun reason to buy colourful Indian clothes for your kids!
As per Indian tradition, wearing shiny new clothes for Deepavali is a must, and you just know that your little ones are going to look super adorable in these gorgeous Indian fabrics!
Traditional Indian Clothes for Girls
When it comes to Indian clothes for girls, you have two basic options:
1) Salwar Kameez – drawstring or elastic pants with a long tunic top. This combo often comes with a dupatta (stole), which is usually better suited (and easier to handle) for older girls. Or you could opt for 2) Lehenga Choli—a long flared skirt with a top (can be a crop top style or longer) and is usually completed with a stole.
Traditional Indian Clothes for Boys
For boys, depending on the event, you can buy a silk or cotton kurta (tunic), which can be worn with jeans, pants or matching pajama pants. A lot of the newer styles feature a nice little waistcoat style jacket to wear over the tunic.
What to look for when buying Indian fashion
Whatever you opt for, make sure the little ones are comfortable, the clothes fit well (snug but not too tight), no embroidery or threadwork is poking them (I often recommend boys wear a soft t-shirt under their kurta, for example), and that they have had a chance to get used to their new clothes before the big day! Go ahead and buy some bangle bracelets for the girls (the Deepavali Bazaar on Campbell Lane has gorgeous ones) along with a sparkly hair accessory. Open-toe sandals are perfect to complete the look.
10 Places to Buy Indian Clothes in Singapore
Riviera Closet is a multi-label boutique in Singapore that houses both traditional and western attire by Indian designers. They also have an extensive selection of ethnic wear for children, especially girls. Check out their website for children’s kurta sets, lehangas and more for weddings and festivals in a variety of colors and sizes. There are also options for fusion wear which are versatile and comfortable for the kids with jumpsuits, dresses and more. Customizable options are also available for the mother and daughter combos.
Riviera Closet, www.
Fabindia is an Indian brand that is much loved by Indians worldwide for its excellent quality, variety and colourful designs. The store at Vivocity has a good selection of Indian festive wear for both boys and girls from ages 2-14! While the price ranges are higher (starting at $29 for infants, $56 for boys and $61 for girls outfits) than most of the Little India stores, the styles are more contemporary and the quality of fabric is excellent. There are some great outfits here for mamas and papas, too!
Fabindia, #01-141 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585, Tel: (+65) 6376 9355, www.fabindia.com
If you are looking for choices and help when hunting down the perfect Indian clothes…this is your store! The sales staff is very helpful and they can even help find outfits for you and your little ones to match! The in-house tailor will ensure the perfect fit for your little one. The trendy little ‘suits’ – aka embellished top and ‘Shimmer and Shine’ style flared pants- will have your little lady all excited for Diwali. They have a lot of very traditional outfits in here as well as lots of fun contemporary ones. PS: do not go here on a Sunday- way too crowded!
College Collection, 125 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218030, www.facebook.com/College-Collection-Singapore
Tucked along colourful Buffalo Road in Little India, Fashion Palace has an entire floor for Indian kids’ clothing (on the second level). You’ll find beautiful prints in cotton, brocade and silk in the form of jackets, kurta, dresses and suits. Whether it’s for an Indian wedding or a special occasion like Deepavali, Fashion Palace offers plenty of choices for the little ones. Prices start from $15.
Fashion Palace, 8 Buffalo Road, Singapore 219783, Tel: (+65) 6295 1175, www.fashionpalace.com.sg
This Delhi-based children’s clothing boutique makes the most exquisite and high quality Indian kids clothes for girls and boys, and luckily for us mamas they ship worldwide! The stunning outfits are perfect for a fancy Diwali celebration or even an Indian wedding!
Tekka Market Block 665
Don’t be put off shopping at Tekka Market! Take the escalator up one level from the Serangoon Road entrance and you will find a huge number of shops selling Indian outfits. Not all the stores carry kids’ clothes, though but you could try Rose Fashions (#02-119), Fiza Bollywood Fashion (02-143), Piya Store (02-149) and Sameer Saniyya (02-110). Indian kids clothes for boys and girls of all ages start from about $30, depending on what you’re looking for. The shops’ sales staff are super helpful and can work with your budget (don’t be afraid to bargain!). There are also several tailors around if you need any minor alterations done.
Read more: Top 10 Stalls at Tekka Market
Is there anything you can’t find at Mustafa (open 24 hours)?! The Indian kids clothes section here tucked away in B1 is not the most contemporary or top quality Indian fashion wear, but if you are looking for something that your child will wear only once, and if you aren’t looking to spend a lot, this is a good option. Don’t expect any sales assistance — it’s a bit like rummaging through a sales bin here. The prices are low, though!
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Level B1, Little India, Singapore 207704
This online store has an incredibly huge and affordably priced selected of Indian kids clothes. They ship to most countries but the outfits are made to order so expect a little bit of waiting time (2-3 weeks) before you receive your Indian clothes to Singapore.
Minora Centre located on Serangoon Road has Indian clothes for adults and kids. They also have a range of partywear Indian clothes for kids. You’ll find a range of Indian kids clothes in various colours and detail-work, including Lehenga sets, Kurtas, Salwar Kameez and Achkans. Prices start from $30.
Minora Centre, 202 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218069, Tel: (+65) 6341 7977, www.facebook.com/minorasarees
We can’t wait to see your kids dressed up in traditional Indian clothes this Deepavali – tag us in your IG stories/posts, won’t you?