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Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt.
Fabulous: Moderately Priced Women's Wear in Nasr City
If you are one of those people that likes to go on random shopping trips just to feel better about the world, you might often end up feeling bad about all the unnecessary purchases made with Cairo’s increasing prices. Luckily though, shops like Fabulous give us the opportunity to shop to our heart's content without breaking the bank.
Located on Abdel Razeq El Sanhoury Street, just off Abbas El Akkad Street in Nasr City, Fabulous is a two-storey shop that offers casual wear, sleepwear and loungewear.
The first floor carries a wide collection of casual clothing items. Cardigans make up a good chunk of the shop's collection. Starting at 80LE, the cardigans were available in a variety of colours including purple, grey, blue and black. Quality-wise, the cardigans were a bit of a disappointment, but that's the best you can get for 80LE anyway. The shop also has a nice selection of sleeveless cardigans (67LE) and leopard-print cardigans (75LE).
Since Cairo's weather gets unbearably hot in summer, we love Fabulous's collection of cotton trousers that are available all year round, priced at 92LE. Skinny jeans are also available for 168LE and leggings (69LE) come in a wide array of colours including grey, red, purple, magenta and black.
At the time of our visit, many items were on sale. A jersey tunic with Marilyn Monroe's face printed across the chest sold for 72LE instead of 145LE and leopard print shirts sold for 81LE instead of 95LE. An adorable polka dotted tunic was priced at 85LE, while a limited collection of lower quality, basic pullovers sold for 59LE instead of 69LE.
Fabulous also carries simple and basic shirts in a variety of colours and patterns. Tight pullovers with sequins around the collar are priced at 141LE. Comfy hooded sweatshirts and sweaters are plentifully available in a variety of colours.
There was a separate stand for necklaces, belts and scarves with prices starting at 20LE. Although the collection seemed a bit outdated, there were a few items that deserve consideration.
The upper floor mostly carries pyjamas, loungewear, sweatpants and undershirts; the sweatpants starting at 72LE while Hello Kitty and Minnie Mouse pyjama sets are priced at 90LE. There is also a small section for children's pyjamas.
We were also able to find cotton maxi dresses starting at 130LE and knee-length skirts for 127LE.
We realize that Fabulous's items are not the most fashionable and that the quality of most of their stock is sub-par, but for the prices they offer, we are not sure we mind.
With a newly launched branch in Lebanon Street – not too far from the existing one in Geziret El Arab Street – popular Spanish high-street fashion brand, Mango, has revived its presence on Cairo’s increasingly eclectic shopping scene with a colorful fiesta and a new summer collection for all the fashion gurus out there.
We entered the new spacious two-story venue, completely drawn by how neat and perfectly soothing the summer collection looks; with unified colours in each department skimming and browsing through the items is a breeze.
The first collection we laid eyes on was comprised of red, blue and white colours. A red-patterned jumpsuit with hints of blue (699LE), a cool white shirt with neat blue stripes (499LE) and bestseller jeggings (399LE) available in different shades of blue, were among the items that stood out.
The second collection, comprising of white, beige and black colours, had a sleeveless, dressy blue jumpsuit with a V-cut (699LE); one of the many items that wowed us.
Mango is known to also offer a versatile collection of evening gowns for shoppers, which can only be found in limited branches; a large collection of simple evening gowns – varying between 1,299LE and 1,599LE – can be found in abundance found in the Lebanon Street branch.
The outlet’s second floor is where all the discounted items are, with over 50% and 70% reductions. Cocktail dresses – including a short strapless one we loved – can reach 345LE. The shop also offers a large collection of trousers reaching 145LE each, in addition to shirts and blouses between 199LE to 245LE – prices that will only be available in Mango during discount season.
Overall, Mango’s summer collection boasts a colourful and vibrant look with an edgy, modern twist; it’s a treat for the eyes, but sadly not a treat for the pocket with its prices not affordable for the average shopper.