Trendy Bargain Pieces to Love at Tutuban Center

No matter the season, beautiful clothes never go out of style. Sometimes, though, I don’t always have the budget to buy pieces of clothing I like especially since I’m trying my best to save. That’s until I discovered a treasure trove of all things fashionable in the very heart of Manila. Say hello to Tutuban Center.

Last time I was in the area was seven years ago. I was still a freshman at university and all I could remember was the chaos of the place. Going back recently, the surrounding areas are still chaotic but Tutuban Center itself has gotten a massive face lift that you almost feel like you’re in another part of town.

My stop was the Tutuban Prime Block. I got the chance to go around the various fashion stores in the area and I’m dying to share with you guys some pieces I’ve discovered while walking around.

At Q & Q Fashion House, I found some sheer tops that are really in at the moment, including this neon shirt with tribal print collars I recently saw in an online store. Trust me, they sell this for much cheaper in Tutuban. Depending on your haggling skills, you can get this for as low as PHP200 to PHP300.

Here’s another sheer top to consider. I love the playfulness of the golden polka dots on navy. This, I think, gives a quirky attitude to an otherwise formal cut. Imagine this with a black bandage skirt or an a-line skirt then you’re office ready! J

Ok, I’m obsessed with Maxi dresses – mainly because I’m too short to wear them. It’s a case of wanting something you can’t have. If only I had the height, I’d be buying these high-low maxis:

Unfortunately, standing at barely 5 feet tall, I don’t think even high heels can help me look like I’m not drowning in a long dress.

Moving on to another store, I see another maxi dress that I really liked. The hem was again shorter at the front and it had a crochet detail around the neckline, which I found adorable. Again, it was just too long for me. Boohoo!

Not to worry though because I saw this green dress just around the corner.

Sweetheart necklines are a favorite of mine. Couple it with lace and I’m sold! I just wish it came in another color though.

If you’re hunting for accessories, then don’t feel left out. Prime Block has a huge selection of accessories. We actually went into a wholesale shop that kind of reminded me of the places I go to in Zamboanga to buy my accessories.

Here you can see me checking out an entire wall filled with rings and earrings. I was in accessories heaven! No wonder I looked really happy. :)

In the end, I couldn’t resist buying some really cute rings from this store!

Of course, what’s a mall without stores that sells shoes and bags, right? My friend Biel and I had a lovely time scouting for some nice shoes and bags. We liked these textured black flats. The ruching added an extra something to something very basic.

Last but not the least, let me introduce you to my favorite in Prime Block, Tutuban. I was amazed by its selection of trendy yet affordable clothes. It had pieces reminiscent of Topshop, Forever 21, Mango, and Zara at half (or even more than half) the price!

First off, check out these mint green striped skirt and and patterned skorts. Just recently, I saw some similar items in Topshop. They were selling it for PHP2,000+ but these are only about PHP300 to PHP450. It’s quite a steal, right?

Now this top really caught my eye. It looks like your run-of-the-mill sheer cropped top from the front but the back is just so irresistibly cute! I enjoy being surprised by details like those little bows.

Push Thru also has a selection of bandage dresses for the party girls out there. I wanted to buy one but they were just a bit too big on me. I don’t have enough curves to make the dress fit perfectly. Biel and I loved trying them on though. :)

This store, by the way, also sells accessories, from bags to scarves. Just take your pick!

Honestly, there are tons more to see here. I just don’t have enough space in this blog entry to put all the photos. Don’t worry though as I shall upload more on my Facebook page. It would be much, much better, however, if you take the time to go to Tutuban yourself and check out all that it has to offer! Like me, I’m sure you will be also delighted by the great finds you can find there. :)

To learn more about the place and get some updates, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

By the way, watch out for my May haul post in coming weeks to see the things I purchased on my Tutuban trip!  :)


  1. Rowena Wendy Lei · May 30, 2012

    I want to check out that accessories heaven you found! Since I’m a bigger size most clothes in Tutuban don’t fit. XD


  2. Michael Macalos · May 30, 2012

    A lot of great finds!! ^___^


  3. I love the sheer top with tribal print. Very cool Mich, very fashionable and affordable! <33


  4. Aya · May 30, 2012

    I should go clothes shopping there soon! :D


  5. Mary Jane Tauyan (@tauyanm) · May 30, 2012

    drooling over the clothes and accesses dear!! they look so cute with affordable prices attached to them! how i wish i can visit that place or even divisor i will bring my luggage for some total shopping galore! xx


  6. kai grafia · May 30, 2012

    That is indeed heaven on earth! I suddenly feel so envious of you guys!We don’t have that here (in ZC). Aaaaargh! Lovelovelove everything you posted here especially the skirts~ :>


  7. Raisa Mae Fernandez · May 30, 2012

    Mich nakakalaway!!!! Hahaha….


  8. Lizzie · May 30, 2012

    It’s been a while since I last shopped there. I want to visit there again to buy trendy pieces. :)


  9. athena/april · May 30, 2012

    Uy, I likey your hair sa 9th photo :D
    ako rin, trip ko rin ang maxi dresses pero hanggang tingin lang ako kasi magmumukha akong kabaong pag sinuot ko hahaha :))


  10. Anj · May 30, 2012

    Cool! I sent this to my Ate ’cause she’s in Manila. I’m sure she’ll find this helpful :D
    She read your other posts, too! She said she likes your blog :D


  11. Czar Ian Agbayani (@xake11) · May 30, 2012

    I love Tutuban!!!! waaaaaah I wanna go back to Manila and visit this place. huhuhu. are there men’s fashion shops and are there men’s flag shirts/tank tops? hehehe I am looking for a British flag tank top. hehe


  12. Trisha · May 30, 2012

    You’re prettyyyy! :3 And Ate Biel also. You two should have more photos together!


  13. Hazel · May 30, 2012

    how much yung mga bags dun sa last photo??? :D I want to go to tutuban din! HAHA :D


  14. Patsy · May 30, 2012

    Take me shopping with you!!!


  15. ive never been to tutuban mall. sa 168 lang. i wanna go shopping with you!!! I hate atsi na malaki patong lol


  16. Sumi · May 30, 2012

    I miss going to Tutuban! :D It’s my haven for inexpensive but fashionable clothing too. I think 168 has really nice clothes din and less expensive than the ones in Tutuban. But I’m not so sure now, ’cause it’s been a while since I’ve visited the area.. XD Anyway, dahil sa post mo I think I’ll have to go to divi next week! :D


  17. Tess Torrecampo-Chancellor · May 30, 2012

    i love to shop at Tutuban center whenever I am home .there are a lot of items to choose from and most important is , it’s cheap.


  18. Mom-Friday (@mymomfriday) · May 30, 2012

    I miss Tutuban, and 168! I used to go there with my mom before I got married! Every time we go there, I always have some great shopping finds! :)))


  19. Miggie · May 30, 2012

    I miss going there. I will definitely go straight to these shops once I set foot again in Manila :)


  20. Chelsea · May 30, 2012

    waaaa envy you sis! i love tutuban.. ang gganda ng mga damit and bags! waaaaaa


  21. NinaLondon · May 30, 2012

    Hi! Please tell me where I can buy cheap and high quality dress?


    • micheatsandshops · May 30, 2012

      Hi Nina, you can try or I love their stuff. :)


  22. glen · May 30, 2012

    sana makapunta me jan pag uwe ko….mamimili n pasalubong :)


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