Has anyone else noticed just how many Chinese products are flooding the markets today? I spent the last weekend being dragged literally around the entire city to go sweater shopping and was mildly amused at the difference of rates depending on the market, and definitely not depending on the make or style of the sweater. Ladies, lend me your ears and listen well. Two major types of sweaters are making the rounds this year; really long ones and then really short ones that fit around the waist. If you’re short like me, they’ll do fine. :) The long ones are quite nice and look quite elegant specially when worn with trousers, jeans or non-baggy shalwars. The Pakistani makes are elegant, nice, fine wool and in single tones in skin, black, blue or even maroon and a bargain at around Rs. 700/- each in Karachi Company. Then, there’s the Chinese variety that is everywhere from Super Market to Jinnah Super to Karachi Company itself and here is where the prices differ. A sweater you could get for around 625/- , 650/- in Karachi Company including bargaining is being sold at least a 150 rupees higher price in Super Market. They try to tell you the make is different, but do not fall for it. The sweaters are kind of cool, in bright colours with woolen laces and motifs on the pockets and collars etc and are nice and comfortable and mostly available in thick knit. However, beware, that some shops in Karachi company charge higher too. Example, a sweater that I bought from a shop was pointed out to me at 200/- rupees more than the asking price at the shop I bought it from. (The high charging shop be the one in the basement).
On the average, a reasonable sweater that could last you at least two winters, even if you’re a rough and ready person like me will set you back between 650 to 750 rupees on an average which is not bad. If you’re a little adventurous, you can get away with wearing the bolder patterns and colors and if you’re a girlie girl, there’s plenty of options with beads and laces and motifs on them too. So do your thing, look cool while keeping nice and warm.