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Zara Lefties: Discount Shopping
This is where Zara dumps all their previous season stuff, or damaged goods. I'm not kidding, you will find damaged goods here being sold, so please beware. Check each garment carefully before buying it. They also sell current season stuff from their basic line, like tees, tanks for summer or sweaters and coats for winter. If you are patient, you will find a lot!
What to buy: Bargain items, for example I bought a simple but elegant below the knee black winter coat for 11.99 euros. So cheap! It looked like 99 euros, i swear!
What to pay: not much
Mango (Dos): Discount Shopping
Well, its actually a regular Mango store in Calle Fuencarral, but don't miss the second floor! Thats where the outlet shopping is! They usually sell past season's stuff at a very discounted price, I've bought pants that are between 3-6 euros, tops for similar. Of course you have to really look well. Plus when its sort of off season, the place can be quite empty.
I'm not sure how they work, but I think if its currently Spring season, the regular Mango sells Spring 06 stuff while second floor sells Spring 05.
What to buy: Gosh, you can buy a lot here! 3 euro pants, 5 euro shades, I would say, if its around 20, its on the pricey side.
Fashion: Las Rozas outlets
We didn't make it, but this a tip how not to do. So here's what you should do:
1. Take a bus from the centrum of Madrid(it takes you to shops and you don't miss it), because if you go by train to Las Rozas there's no sign how to get to the outlets.
2. If you take the train take a taxi to the outlets, because we asked instructions how to get to the shops and we never didn't get there
3. Don't take the train because many taxi drivers didn't know where the shops are!
So these advices are for people who don't speak fluent spanish and don't know the neighborhood of Las Rozas.
What to buy: In Las rozas there's designer brands about 60% reduce.
What to pay: Whole day....or 5 hours.
Zara, Women's Secret, Chanel, Armani,....: Salamanca
Calle de serrano an Calle de José Cortega y Gasset are the main shoppingstreets in Salamanca. This is a more exclusive neighbourhood in Madrid with all the big brands, Tod's, Versace but also with Massimo Dutti, El Corte Inglès.
What to buy: Whatever your purse can spare...
Lefties: If you have time to search...
This is the place to be if you love Zara, they sell the collection of last season and clothes with little mistakes (like a button that's missing). It lookes really messy, but it's worth it.
I bought some Zara t-shirts for only 4€.
El Corte Ingles: ESPANA knows her shoes
I wouldn't generally recommend department stores here in the States, but I've had fashion success with them in both Brazil and Spain, go figure. To my amazement, the shoe department at El Corte Ingles rocked. Shoes are critically important. These were the store brand as well, only 59euros. Back in the good ole' days when that still meant $59USD. ;-)))
What to buy: mmmmm, SHOES, clothes, it's all good!
Agatha Ruiz De La Prada: Check out the bright colours!
The picture should speak for itself... it's really chic.. the colours themselves can already lift your moods.
Agatha Ruiz De La Prada is one of the household names in Spain.. you probably see her stationery sold every.. Her clothes line for men, ladies and children are all carried in the El Cortes Ingles departmental stores.
I even got to meet and talk to Agatha in person. She's really really cool... totally friendly and no airs from her.
What to buy: Especially for those who love bright colours.. Very much different from the black and white norm.
What to pay: lip gloss and stationery costs about 2-20euros.. Clothes and bags costs about 20-150euros. This is a very rough gauge coz they have a wide range of items in the boutique.
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Anything Trendy/Hip, Cheap and Affordable!: Shopping For Made-In-SPAIN Products
Large department stores like El Corte Inglés are located in the Puerta del Sol... or along Princesa, Goya and Castellana.
If you coincide your visit with Madrid's major sales e.g. in October, you'll be happy to know that you can get really cheap stuffs! Look out for great Spanish brands like Mango and Zara. These 2 brand names are light years ahead of their competitors from the USA or other European countries.
Mango and Zara outfits are as hip and trendy as those you see on the fashion runways of Milan, Paris or New York (think: Gucci, Versace, Giorgio Armani etc). These 2 Spanish brands have reached iconic status amongst fans in Asia (especially Singapore!), Europe and Australia because they are able to sell their outfits at extremely affordable prices! Expect to pay 50% lesser for these outfits in Spain vis-a-vis countries like France or USA!
** (The latter countries raised the prices of Mango and Zara outfits to such ridiculous levels that it's NOT worth your while to even drop by the shops). ** I am a HUGE Mango and Zara fan and have made it a point to take note of such little details...
Who needs Gucci if you can get a Mango or a Zara for one-tenth of the price? ;-)
What to pay: If you shop for Spanish products, you can generally expect to pay 40% to 50% lesser than if you were to get it in your own country.
Uptown girl loves Spain Fashion!: Haute Couture Reigns in Spain!
No one shop in Madrid can explain its fashion sense, there are so many that shock your sould My favorite. Mango, also in Barcelona, is a hit for fun, fashion, young and hip clothing. Miss Sixty, I spotted it on this trip, is for the more adventurous, almost fetish-style items. Additionally, some of the best bridal couture is designed and made in Spain. Pronovias exports to the US but there are so many bridal and formal wear shops that just overwhelm one with passion for dressing rich.
What to buy: Whatever you cannot buy in your part of the US. If you live in NY or LA your fashion availabilities may not be as limited as mine. I love to buy the creative and bold outfits that you would have to special order from some over priced, low quality - club clothes catalog here in the US. There you can try on what you like, feel the quality and dance in it to happening music right there in the store. I also have found no problems using my AMEX in clothes stores in Spain, of course they may see me coming, as the card is burning through my pocket as I walk in the door.
What to pay: Shopping in Spain is comparable if not cheaper than in the US. If you are from NY or LA you will love the prices.
Mercado Fuencarral: Small shopping centre
This is a shoppingcentre with "mini shops" of a few square metres. Trendy clothes, jewelry, handbags, vintage clothes, a bar, hairdresser,... It has a hippy atmosphere about it.
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