In Harare, a compliment on your outfit is often followed by the question: “Where did you get it from?” Most stores only carry small quantities in each style but the fashionistas in this town know just where to find the capital’s fashion treasures.
From trendy boutique shopping to throwback thrifting, some of Harare’s stores are conveniently situated in large complexes while others are hidden gems in converted houses. It takes some insider knowledge to uncover the go-to spots, so here are a few to get you started on your quest.
1. Industria Clothing
Located at one of Harare’s most popular upmarket complexes, you’ll be sure to enjoy your shopping experience at Industria. This concept store is home to different local brands including Kid Hunta and Norma Mitchell.
The modern and industrial space boasts seasonal and contemporary pieces with an effortless and laid back style. While they also sell imported merchandise, like most of Harare’s stores, their dedication to local designers is a major distinguishing feature.
Visit them to see what Zim’s designers have been producing.
Location: Queen of Hearts, Hurworth Road, Highlands
2. Wisteria Lane
Every Harare woman needs to take a trip to Wisteria Lane.
Nestled on a quaint street in Avondale, the location is nearly as mysterious as the Desperate Housewives street it is named after. Here you will find a variety of styles, they don’t just cater for one type of woman.
The store is divided into different sections and features an extensive range of clothing, from workwear to occasion wear.
Whether you are a “girly girl” or the “queen of casual,” you will be likely to find at least one thing you love.
Location: David Morgan Crescent, Avondale
Travel to the vibrant CBD of Harare to explore this chic and affordable store.
Brimming with trendy merchandise, JanJam is one of the few stores that provides nearly as much menswear as it does womenswear. For the ladies, you will find mostly dresses and jumpsuits and then a few separates. For the men, you will find a variety of high quality tailored pieces.
If their elegant clothing delights you then their generous seasonal sales will be the cherry on top.
Location: Corner George Silundika & First Street
4. Posh ZW
Also situated amid the hustle and bustle of Harare’s CBD, this high-end boutique houses dreamy formal and occasion wear.
Their customers include media personalities and pageant queens. Though at the pricier end of the spectrum, their clothing is famed for its quality fabrics and unique styles.
If you are a sucker for all things high-end, then Posh is just the treat for you.
Location: Shop 124, Joina City Mall
Price Range: $$$$
Grab a bargain at the Zara discount store situated at Sam Levy’s Village.
Though you won’t find current season clothing, the world-renowned fashion chain continues to pull in a steady flow of customers. It is a large space with a wide selection of clothing, accessories and homeware.
Zara is a cult brand across the world, so whether it is the current season or not, you’ll be part of the global community that loves the brand.
Location: Sam Levy’s Village
Price Range: $$
6. Nubian Rebelz
Home to trendy footwear and other accessories, this insta-store gives you a taste of the Instagram influencer style.
It is a pre-order service and because the products are imported, there is a waiting period. However, it is totally worth it.
If you are looking for an uncommon selection of accessories then you will love Nubian Rebelz.
Price Range: $$
7. Chic Street
Chic Street is a locally designed and manufactured clothing brand that caters mainly to curvy women.
Their designs are simple and elegant, perfect for weekend get-togethers, work meetings or anything else that requires a polished look. While you shop, treat yourself to a makeover at their makeup studio.
With their focus on a woman’s beauty and confidence, Chic Street is the perfect destination for some retail therapy.
Location: Newlands Shops
Price Range: $$
Ask the fashion influencers in this city about their shopping habits and you will find that thrifting always makes the list.
Looking for the perfect throwbacks and second-hand bargains is serious business. It requires patience and a keen eye. There are several thrifting stores and markets across the capital, from Avondale to the CBD.
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s the way of Harare fashionista!
Price Range: $$
About the Author:
Tinashe is a fashion writer, designer, and the creative mind behind the lifestyle website Her Majestyle. She creates and curates content with a focus on contemporary living and style. Tinashe aims to help her readers to live an inspired life and to be their most stylish selves.