Wear it well. Buying into fashion at women's clothing shops in Lisbon



A lot goes into cultivating your own distinctive image, and clothes are a major component. Whether you’re after a smart sophisticated look or a shabby-chic hand-me-down appearance, a professional executive profile or a casual, come as you are guise, what you wear is what you are. Fortunately, the range of women’s clothing shops in Lisbon is vast and eclectic, with something suitable to fit every size and shape. For authentic fashion made in Portugal, browse the clothing at TMcollection. Created by designer Teresa Martins, the apparel is crafted from 100% natural fabrics. 

At Kolovrat79 the emphasis is very much on making a unique fashion statement. The clothing here is individually styled and handcrafted to produce an exclusive image. The variation of the female form is fully understood at Dama de Copas, where bras and lingerie are made according to body type rather than the whims of the advertising industry. Hats always make an attractive fashion accessory and at A Fábrica dos Chapéus there are dozens of different styles of headwear to choose from. Serious fashionistas on the other hand should head for Fashion Clinic where celebrated designer names like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent highlight the clothing offer. Respected Portuguese boutique Os Nicos has been trading for 40 years and is known for its mature and more sobering fashion range. If vintage is your thing however, the second hand clobber stocked at Ás de Espadas will take you back decades. One of the smallest stores in the city, Luvaria Ulisses is also Portugal’s loveliest glove shop, where each pair is carefully handcrafted and presented with impeccable service. For upmarket fashion options, take a look inside Pinko, which specializes in creating perfect mix and match clothing combinations. And for that very special occasion, there’s only one place to shop for bridalwear – Rosa Clará. Besides wedding gowns, this stylish boutique also offers a range of stunning cocktail dresses.  



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Synonymous with wedding gowns and cocktail dresses, Spanish fashion brand Rosa Clará is well established in this competitive niche market. Partnering with haute couture designers of such eminence as Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld and Zuhair Murad, the company's bridalwear has become the choice of nuptial attire for many celebrities. Equally alluring is the beautifully elegant cocktail dress range. Creations like their beaded crepe and lace dress (the one in cobalt is exquisite) and the chic long, lightweight silk muslin example with beaded asymmetrical neckline (look for the fuchsia) demonstrate why Rosa Clará apparel has achieved such venerable fashion status. And if you're not shopping for a gown or dress, Rosa Clará's accessory range with its shoes, veils and hair ornamentation, among other items, will inspire.


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Pinko's flagship Lisbon store complements its existing premises in Porto, the country's second city, and affords the contemporary fashion brand, known for its singular Italian spirit, a high profile presence in the Portuguese capital. Described as a store where the aesthetic meets technology, shoppers can use a high-tech "Store Stylist" where a touch screen monitor allows customers to create the perfect outfit by mixing and matching the entire Pinko collection. Pinko's range of apparel is extensive and includes dresses, topwear, skirts and underwear. Featuring among the accessories available are Watches, jewellery, scarves, gloves and beanies. Its current spring/summers sale sees items like double faux leather cropped blazer and short elegant dress in lightweight taffeta at very favourable prices.


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If the glove fits! Customers will find a pair to suit every occasion at this authentic art deco boutique, a dinky, pocket-sized boutique situated in the heart of Chiado. Hand crafted from the softest leather, there are dozens of styles in different colours to choose from that will match all sorts of gowns, dresses and other apparel. Designs range from the classically cut to the sporty and are lined with cotton, satin, silk or cashmere. The tiny interior can just about accommodate two people at a time so bespoke, personal service is guaranteed. Ulisses' reputation is such that politicians, TV personalities and socialites number among the loyal clientele, as well as visitors from around the world.


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Curated vintage clothing and retro accessories from the 1940s through to the '80s bedeck the "Ace of Spades". With an interior resembling someone's spare room or an attic perhaps, the setting is suitably ad hoc and crammed with previously worn and forgotten garments, accessories, shoes and costume jewellery. The flea market atmosphere is further enhanced by a wonderful collection of artifacts, curios and one of two antiques. Browse neat rows of hand-me-down skirts, shirts and dresses under shelves lined with sequined clutch bags, old typewriters, bow ties, oversized berets and blood red Doc Marten boots. The Bésame Cosmetics range and costume jewellery hark back to the golden age of Hollywood. This is fashion theatre at its most alluring.


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Trading since 1977, this is a favourite with locals and anyone looking for practical, more mature fashion. That said, this is still a boutique known for its colour and flair, especially when the summer collections are in. Here you'll find printed frocks in coral and mint hues with embroidered trim and transparent sleeves. Wear with a long necklace in pearl, turquoise or rainbow and the fresh tropical look is tangible. The range of stamped T-shirts with deliberate stained effect also speaks of warm sunny days. Silk and cotton is used extensively, with the three-quarter length tunics proving very popular. Accessories include hats, baskets and belts.


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Question. Where do fashion victims shop? Answer. The Fashion Clinic, of course. This is the only multibrand luxury store in Lisbon offering men and women's clothing. For the ladies, Fashion Clinic means be able to browse under one roof for a veritable who's who of designer labels, celebrated names such as Gucci, Yves Sant Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Givenchy, Stella McCartney and Christian Louboutin, among other fashion glitterati. The clothing range is illuminating in its diverse colour and style, with silk skirts and dresses in vivid hues (or stark monotone if you prefer). Printed and ruffled blouses, pleated shirts, flare and sports trousers and cropped jackets are all displayed alongside equally eye-catching accessories that number bags, shoes, sunglasses and jewellery.


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Bairro Alto/Principe Real

 

A lovely accessory to any women's apparel is a hat. It can top off a frock, dress, jacket and even jeans and T-shirt. At the "Hat Factory" the range is quirky and eclectic. Browse the boutique for berets, beanies and backerboy styles. How about a cap or a bucket hat? Perhaps you're looking for something with a large brim, medium brim or small brim? Maybe a fedora, or a porkpie? They also sell ceremony hats, fascinators, classic trilby hats and turbans. There are literally dozens of different styles to match your profile, with summer and winter collections displayed in this wonderful store that, er, positively brims with headwear.


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The "Lady, or Queen of Hearts" bra and lingerie store has over 100 bras of different sizes available, with band sizes from 28 to 46 and cup sizes from A to K. Customers are invited for a bra fitting when expert staff determine the correct size of brassiere and advise on the most suitable style according to the characteristics of your bust. This personal and discreet service means that women of all shapes and sizes can feel comfortable when seeking to buy an item here, the lingerie range of which extends to many different styles and colours including sports bras, corsets and even bridal wear. The Bath Collection features bikinis, bathing suits and loungewear.


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Bairro Alto/Principe Real


 

Unique handmade apparel is the stock in trade of Lidija Kolovrat. Regarded as one of Portugal's most innovative artists, Kolovrat, who is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is also a prominent fashion designer celebrated. Working mostly with silk, leather and cotton, her clothing line represents a daring and wholly original approach to dressing the female form. Kolovrat79 works on several levels, as a boutique, art gallery and atelier. Indeed, this multi-functional space serves as a hub of creativity. Here clothes include dresses, jumpsuits and co-ords, some in vibrant hues, others in stark monotone. She's also an advocate of digital print design. Bags and hand-painted shoes number the accessories and there's also a jewellery range in brass, silver and gold plate. Everything is handcrafted in the loft studio above the shop where a select and highly specialized team transforms Kolovrat's imaginative thought process into reality.


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TMcollection celebrates the timeless woman and her desire to reflect who she is and the way they she lives. Such is the underlying philosophy of this fashion boutique, whose collections embody the free-spirited and independent nature of the modern, expressive female. A savvy design team led under the auspices of creative director Teresa Martins develops a range of apparel created from 100% natural fabrics. Garments are embellished with exclusive prints, textures, or embroidery, making each piece unique and individual. Numbering among the clothing available are shirts, jackets, tunics, dresses, tops, skirts and trousers. TMcollection also sells knitwear. Accessories include collars and necklaces, and an unusual ensemble of home decorations.


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