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My Dubai: Kim Crowley

The Dubai-based personal shopper and founder of website stylesense gives us some tips on where to find fashion gems

By Catherine Harper
18 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
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It’s all about accessories...

I wear a lot of fun costume jewellery to add personality to my outfits and I find it at Iconic and Suite Blanco. They’re great for reasonably priced pieces I might wear for only one or two seasons, with a large contemporary range; this summer I’m shopping for must-have statement earrings.

My favourite place to browse is S*uce in The Dubai Mall

I love the quirky combination of all things fashion, which means it never disappoints. It stocks brands such as MSGM, Carvan and Alice McCall and its accessory collection is to die for. They have opened numerous new outlets such as S*ucette in Galleria Mall for kids (where I take my daughter just to go and hang out!), and now that it has its own S*uce denim range, the brand just got even more exciting.

Fida in Satwa is my go-to store when I’m in a creative mood

I often make or customise my own clothes, so I’m a regular at haberdashery store Fida General Trading in Satwa. It stocks everything you could possibly need; it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of fabrics and embellishments, and even wigs and masquerade masks, and the staff are really helpful. Just remember that it closes over lunchtime (I often forget and am left sipping coffee on the steps outside until 4pm rolls around).

My favourite fail-safe all-round high street store is Zara

You just can’t beat it. Hands down, it’s the best for fast fashion, for taking risks with its designs and for affordable prices. I always find something in there for both my own wardrobe and my clients’, and its kidswear range is fantastic too. I sometimes buy tops and jackets from the menswear range for myself, as the style and cut is quite feminine and it also means I don’t have to worry about bumping into other women wearing the same outfit!

I love SoChic for offering an affordable way to shop designer

SoChic is a pop-up store selling pre-loved fashion and accessories. Pieces can be snagged for a fraction of the original price and items like designer leather bags only get better with age; there are bargains all round. I follow SoChic on Facebook to find out where it’ll be setting up shop next.

Inside info

Contact Kim on 052 809 4510 or at www.stylesense.net.au. 

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper