A stylist's guide to the best shopping in Malta
Local stylist Caroline Paris offers her expert advice on fashion and shopping in Malta.

Melanie Drury

Who can give the best advice about fashion and shopping in Malta if not a local fashion expert? I spoke to fashion stylist Caroline Paris to get the best Malta shopping tips for you.

Caroline Fashion Styling

What makes something fashionable?

In today’s world, when being fashionable is much about individualism and all the eras seem to be in trend, it can be tricky to decide what to buy and where. It is really about the total look and how it is carried. A vintage sweater may look dated when worn with a certain type of shoe, but perfectly on trend when worn with another. It is just a matter of defining your own style amidst current trends and adapting them to suit your body and personality to create something special.

Caroline Fashion Styling

What to look out for

Fashionable does not have to mean expensive - you may get just as much attention for thrifted or ebay-bought items as you would for luxury items. Seasonal trends are set at fairs and fashion weeks and WGSN is a great source to predict trends, while reading fashion articles will offer you more tips and inspiration.

Where is the best shopping in Malta?

There’s no ‘best place’ in Malta for shopping - it really depends what you’re looking for. Sliema and Valletta are probably the first places to look.

If you’re looking for something unique or bespoke, take a look at our local designers too - many of them are really making waves in recent years.

Caroline Fashion Styling

Which designer labels and brands can be found in Malta and where?

Local designer labels in Malta include:

Some of the international designer labels in Malta include:

  • Maxmara, Sliema
  • Elisabetta Franchi, Sliema and Valletta
  • Mangano, Sliema
  • Furla, Sliema and Valletta
  • Mont Blanc and several designer jewellery labels at Diamonds International, Sliema, Valletta and St Julian's

Other notable brands at the very upper end of the high street include:

Tommy Hilfiger (Sliema and Valletta); Calvin Klein Jeans (Sliema), Armani Jeans (Sliema), Pinko (Sliema), Karen Millen (Valletta), FCUK (Valletta) and Twinset (MEXX Baystreet, Sliema - now turned into a multi brand store).

Furthermore, you can check out River Island (Sliema), Miss Selfridge (Sliema), Zara (Sliema), Topshop (Sliema), Cortefiel (Sliema), Fly the Fly Vintage (Sliema), Aldo - shoes (Sliema and Valletta), Uno de 50 - jewellery (Sliema) and Hebe - jewellery (Paola).

Nevertheless, Caroline says that every shop could potentially have something interesting to offer, and she's the type who's sure to find something interesting in any store. So just get out there and seek so you shall find!

About Caroline Paris - fashion stylist

Caroline Paris found fashion and all its branches beautiful and exciting from a very young age, seeing it as a form of art that is constantly changing and evolving. Her work within the fashion industry is varied. As a stylist she deals with fashion and also a mix of personal fashion, having also worked on the TV set of il-Klikka, creating several looks per show. Nowadays she focuses on a mix of fashion editorials and fashion articles for local media publications, her blog and social media, personal styling and commercial photo shoots. She also handles digital media and PR for Malta Fashion Week. Check out her fashion blog and Facebook page.

Melanie Drury
Written by
Melanie Drury
Melanie was born and raised in Malta and has spent a large chunk of her life travelling solo around the world. Back on the island with a new outlook, she realised just how much wealth her little island home possesses.

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