It might seem that this shop is yet another trendy, funky clothing brand targeting young women willing to take fashion risks. Not that we can ever have enough of these shops, but the concept is starting to get tired. However, Stradivarius is a bit different from its counterparts. Located in Cairo’s Citystars, Stradivarius’ mission is to make you feel like a Stradiva (their words, not ours); and quite honestly, who wouldn’t want to feel like that?

Stradivarius is a women’s-only shop filled with very moderately priced clothing, shoes and accessories. The best part about the shop is that a new collection comes in every six weeks; so the shop is always up-to-date on the latest fashion trends.

Stradivarius is in good company on the first floor of Phase 2; Mango, Vero Moda and Dalydress are all in view of the shop. As soon as you step in you are welcomed by the loud beats pumping out of the speakers. The shop is divided into illuminated and dark areas, which give a nice, playful atmosphere but can be distracting if you’re trying to scrutinise the small details in the clothing. The lighting’s other effect is that you want to jump onto the highlighted items because they really stand out from the rest.

Stradivarius has a line of basics tops (99LE), t-shirts (150LE and above), jeans (220LE) and leggings (80LE). The highlights of Stradivarius are the cute dresses and funky shirts. Since it is a Spanish brand, femininity is written all over the designs. Most of the dresses are very short, though.

The collection for the month of May 2011 has a lot of floral designs, animal prints and denim. Most dresses start at around 250LE and reach 500LE. The shop has quite an extensive collection of t-shirts with funky designs and slogans. Though they are very cool, we are not really sure how smart it is to walk around Cairo in a shirt that says ‘I want a Hug’. Most printed shirts cost around 170LE.

If you are looking for knitwear, then Stradivarius is really the place to go with vests starting at 129LE. Jackets start at 260LE, which is a very moderate price compared to other international brands; but then again bear in mind that the 'leather' jackets are faux leather, which is understandable given their low price. Stradivarius uses cotton for most of its designs and apart from the faux leather, most of the items are of good quality.

However, when it comes to the brand’s shoe collection, it’s another story. Though the shoes are moderately priced at around 300LE, most of the designs are of poor quality, especially the high heels. Sneakers start at 460LE and are of better quality, as are the boots, which start at 600LE.

Stradivarius has a small accessories section as well with earrings, necklaces, hats and bracelets on offer. Though the collection is pretty and dainty, it doesn’t differ that much from similar women’s wear brands. The staff is really friendly and leaves you to browse through the shop, though dressing rooms are a bit small and cramped.

If you’re looking for cheap and trendy clothing and don’t mind forfeiting quality for a better price, check out Stradivarius at Citystars.