The Obvious, The Office, Boring Basics

Whether you need smart workwear or just a ‘workhorse’, day to day staple to wear to death, this should help…


Ion (#B1-02)

2 Orchard Turn

Singapore 238801

T: (+65) 65099081

Definitely more obvious than boring, this global brand is still not widely visited but practices credit-crunch chic really very well.  Luxe for less, its clothes don’t cost an arm and a leg, but are well cut and, amazingly, pretty great value, even out here.  They sell stuff that you will keep in your wardrobe for a couple of years and it looks much more than it really is.  There are also stores in Takashimaya (#B1-42/46 T: (+65) 6732 9133), Liat Towers (#01-02 T: (+65) 62358485) and Marina Square (#02-129; T: (+65) 6337 6088).

Opening Times: 10am-10pm daily


Paragon (#03-17)

290 Orchard Road

Singapore 238859

T: (+65) 6238 2157

Do not be put off by the fact that this is connected (through name only) to the rather basic Giordano shops that you see in every mall.  Giordano Ladies does elegant office/daywear with a Calvin Klein colour palette and unaffected, unfussy style, very well indeed.  Scary prices are not their thing and considering the cut and quality, very affordable. There is also a store in Raffles City (#02-04; T: (+65) 6513 7275).

Opening Times: 10am-9pm daily


Ion (#B2-55)

2 Orchard Turn

Singapore 238801

T: (+65) 6634 0253

On the basis that Cotton On proper is like a bargain bucket, this is surprisingly organised, neat and tidy (we came early in the day and advise you to do likewise).  Nothing exciting but great for cut price Ts, vest, leggings etc.  Around 50% off – all year round – the regular store prices.

Opening Times: 10am-10pm daily


313@Somerset (#03-27/34)

313 Orchard Road

Singapore 238895

T: (+65) 6834 4073

Japan’s answer to GAP, Uniqlo 313@Somerset is the chain’s largest southeast Asian store, occupying a whopping 17,000sqft and making their Ion offering (10,000sqft; T: (+65) 6509 1073) rather pale in to insignificance.  Staff vary from being wildly helpful, to wildly unhelpful.  The branch at Ion didn’t know whether or not they carried the Jill Sander for Uniqlo collection, which is a pretty basic question.  Shop here for their great priced extra fine scoopneck cotton Ts and tapered skinny jeans; some of the collections even preview ahead of Japan.  

Opening Times: 10.30am-10pm daily


Funan Centre (#02-08)

109 North Bridge Road

Singapore 0208

T: (+65) 63366121

Not a factory outlet in the way you might imagine/hope. For starters, it’s tiny.  Stock is very hit and miss but they regularly seem to carry Lands End (for men and women) in the form of classic shirts (under $20) and trousers as well as a smattering of GAP and Kim Rogers (KR stuff is all US sized, so pretty huge, but their 5 button polos are actually very nice if you are a size UK14 + and only $8.  Good for staples and great for maid’s clothes.  All made in Indonesia.

Opening Times: 10.30am-9pm daily



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