Fashion in bangkok: Where To Shop For Womenswear In Bangkok

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Where To Shop For Womenswear In Bangkok

Bangkok’s shopping scene can certainly be an intimidating one. While it might be easier just to tell all women to head to BTS Skytrain stop Siam and hope for the best, we combed the city’s neighborhoods in search of the best womenswear – here are some of our favorites.

Lofty Bamboo Fairtrade

MBK is a fairly large and crowded mall, and if you are not careful, you might miss one of its best-hidden gems: Lofty Bamboo Fairtrade. This unique store sells everything from hammocks to hats, and their selection of women’s clothing offers shoppers a great variety of super light, colorful dresses and tops that are perfect for the hot weather.

Lofty Bamboo Fairtrade’s products are traditionally made by villagers in hopes of preserving traditions and natural environments in villages under Lofty Bamboo’s philosophy. These original handicrafts, in combination with their designs, make for some pretty cool outfits.

Lofty Bamboo Fairtrade | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Lofty Bamboo Fairtrade, 2A13 2nd Floor, MBK Center, 444 Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 02 611 7121

Terminal 21 has everything a woman needs in order to find the perfect outfit. That being said, it is a huge mall, so we found the best shops to explore while you are there.

Tokyo-themed streets in Terminal 21 | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

First, head to Tokyo on level one. This is where the majority of the shops with stylish women’s clothing can be found. For those of you searching for your inner punk, find Uncle Rock. This unique shop should be fairly easy to spot, being that it is probably the only vendor in Terminal 21 selling leather jackets and metal studded, see-through cover-ups.

Uncle Rock clothing store in Terminal 21 | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

If you are preparing for a fancy night out on the town, head to Fashion Agency. This floor, in general, has a wide variety of stores to browse through, all tailored towards womenswear.

La Villa

BTS Skytrain stop Ari never fails to impress tourists in all aspects. This neighborhood has the best street food, the cutest cafés and the most stylish shopping opportunities. Head down to La Villa, taking exit four off the BTS, and a swanky, open-air market will greet you with vendors selling a wide variety of women’s clothing. Take a lap or two around La Villa, window-shopping all the best vendors’ wares.

Clothing stall in La Villa | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

La Villa, 356 Phahonyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 02 660 9000

Siam is no stranger to the fashion world. You could come here and get lost in all of the stores and different boutiques it has. In order to avoid being overwhelmed, head to floor three. This is where the majority of the women’s clothing stores are. Feel free to explore, or head straight for Workshop. Founded in 2008, Workshop prides itself in creating a lifestyle brand for fashionable people. These simple but chic clothes are perfect for almost any occasion.

Workshop clothing store in the Siam Center | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Across the way from Workshop is a store worth visiting, if not just to see the interior design. Wonder Anatomie has some pretty eccentric clothing to go along with its even more outrageous decorations. The ceiling is lined with cardboard skeletons, a stark contrast to the plain, concrete floors. The clothes are just as noteworthy as its décor, and all the pieces are very colorful, as well. Mr. Chalermkiat, the mastermind behind Wonder Anatomie, created these clothes after being inspired by human anatomy, and many of the pieces are handmade.

Wonder Anatomie | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

6 simple ways to shop sustainable fashion in Bangkok

Let’s face it: fashion is the worst.

At least when it comes to the environment, that is. More and more people are becoming aware that the way fashion is currently made, sourced, and consumed is having some terrible impacts on the environment.  The chemicals used to grow, dye, launder and treat our clothes end up polluting rivers, as well as our water. Currently, our clothing accounts for around 3% of global production of CO2 emissions, according to The Carbon Trust. The list goes on, but the bottom line is: we need to take up some sustainable fashion habits.

There are a few ways you can help by making some adjustments and keeping a few things in mind when you’re shopping. And of course, there’s actually no reason your great style will have to be sacrificed when it comes to shopping sustainable fashion. Here are just a few ideas on the simplest things you can do that can make a positive difference to the planet, whilst still making sure you’re looking your best.

Fashion has the potential to change the world – so we better make sure it changes it for the better. Here’s how…

1. Shop secondhand

One of the best ways to shop sustainably is to turn fashion into a circular economy. Instead of clothes reaching the end of its life cycle, think of it as clothes simply reaching the end of its first use. By selling and buying secondhand, you give these clothes a second (or third, or fourth) life, which can save on so much energy, resources, and money that’s used to make a brand new piece of clothing. Thankfully, there are some really good and easy ways to find secondhand stores for gorgeous designer pieces — on Instagram alone there are hundreds of boutiques to choose from in Bangkok.

Second-hand shopping in Bangkok:

Chatuchak Market,  Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Bangkok 10900. (Tues-Sun: 7am-6pm).

(un) FASHION Vintage Collection, Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok 10110. (11.30am-9pm).

Again & Again, Market Place Room B1A, Thonglor Soi 4, Bangkok 10110. (11am-9pm).

Talad Rod Fai Train Night Market, Srinakarin Soi 51, Bangkok 10250 (Thurs-Sun: 5pm-1am).

2. Shop vintage

Still can’t get bring yourself to wear someone else’s old clothes? It’s only a matter of shifting your perspective a little bit. Elevate the branding, add a couple of zeros to the price tag, and you can call it vintage! There are several places to shop vintage items in Bangkok too. From the luxurious rare items from Central Embassy’s The Vintage Store to the private dealers online, there are loads of rare designer items you can get your hands on. Not only do you support sustainability by choosing not to buy something “new”, but you could also be owning some extremely unique and wearable investments.

Vintage items at The Vintage Store, Central Embassy.

Vintage stores in Bangkok: 

The Vintage Store, 2/F Central Embassy, Bangkok 10330. (10am-8pm).

The Trapeze Swingers, 15 Chana Songkhram, Bangkok 10200. (12pm-9pm. Closed Mondays).

Tokyo Joe, Sukhunvit Soi 69, Bangkok 10110. (10am-7pm).

Labellist Vintage Vibes, 2/F Gaysorn Village, Bangkok 10330 (10am-7pm).

3. Look for sustainable brands

Don’t get us wrong, you don’t always have to buy from other people’s wardrobes. If you’re really after something new, then there are still options for brands that are conscious of their environmental impacts. Stella McCartney, for one, uses only eco-friendly materials in not just her clothing but in the design of her stores too. Meanwhile, Thai brands such as Madmatter, Taktai, and Maison Craft are committed to only upcycling old fabrics to make new products. However, more and more mainstream fashion brands are taking on eco-centric collections. We’re huge fans of the pieces in the H&M Conscious collection, although the brand is aiming to make their entire product line 100% sustainable by 2030. Brands like Levi’s, Burberry, and COS are also joining the sustainable fashion movement.

H&M Conscious is available to purchase on their online store: www.th.hm.com/

4. Go to a clothes swap

There have been more and more clothes swapping events in Bangkok lately, as a movement towards raising awareness to lessen wasteful consumption in fashion. Earlier this year, the ‘Swap ’til You Drop!’ event hosted at The Home BKK saw hundreds of visitors in a single day and over 100kg of clothing brought and swapped. This is also one of the most fun and social ways to revamp your wardrobe without having to spend a single baht.

Swap ‘Til You Drop! is held every other month at The Home BKK (unless stated otherwise), as part of the Fashion Revolution Thailand movement. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated.

5. Buy local

Thailand is known worldwide for our amazing textiles and quality craftsmanship. So when you buy from local artisans, producers or weavers, you’re not only getting some of the best quality products in the world — you’re also cutting down a lot of carbon emissions from importing products. After all, handmade clothes are the OG of sustainable fashion. Some of the most fashionable celebrities in Thailand like Pearypie are already making the move towards wearing Thai-made fabrics and ethically produced clothing.

Amata Chittasenee, better known as @Pearypie on social media, is a leader in the movement towards wearing local fabrics.

6. Join Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution is a global movement that aims to raise awareness about the significant social and environmental impact of the fashion industry. It’s a community that drives to encourage people to take up more responsible practices when it comes to fashion. There’s a FashRev group based right here in Thailand, and they’re very active in organising talks, workshops, and activities (including the clothes swaps we mentioned earlier). Follow them on social media or become a member to get more deeply involved.

Follow news, events, and talks on sustainable fashion by Fashion Revolution Thailand on their Facebook and Instagram. www.fashionrevolution.org/asia/thailand.

Where to Buy Cheap Clothes in Bangkok, Thailand – Fashionable, Stylish and Cute – Tasty Thailand

Every year, millions of foreigners come to Bangkok, Thailand to buy cheap clothes. Thailand is famous worldwide as a place where you can buy cheap pants, shirts, jeans, t-shirts, skirts, silk suits, shorts, men’s suits and many other items of clothing.

But, if you’re not familiar with Bangkok, you’ll still need to know the best places to shop for cheap clothes. Shop at these wonderful places in Bangkok if you’re interested in buying cheap clothing, and you’ll soon be buying another suitcase.

Chatuchak Market – Also known as J.J. Market, Chatuchak is Bangkok’s local weekend market. With more than 15,000 stalls (it’s enormous!) the market sells everything, but it’s a particularly wonderful place to look for cheap clothes. Here you’ll find about 3,000 stalls that sell every type of clothing imaginable. From t-shirts to shorts, skirts to sweaters, jackets to pants, there’s everything here.

How to survive Chatuchak Market when you go — it’s huge, crowded and there are more than 13,000 stalls

You can find professional clothing as well as traditional Thai clothing. There are also hundreds of cool shops that sell one-of-a-kind clothing by young, local Thai designers and prices are not usually more than $5-$12 per item.

To get to Chatuchak Market, take the sky train to MoChit station and follow the crowds. It’s open on Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday (until about 6 p.m.).


Mahboonkrong Mall (MBK) – MBK Mall is one of the best places to buy cheap clothes in Bangkok. It’s an enormous mall with 8 floors and all types of clothing are available here.

From brand names to local designers, you will find any type of cheap clothing you want. On the next to top floor, you’ll see traditional Thai clothing as well as t shirts, short, jeans, skirts, jackets etc. On the ground, first, second and third floors, there are tons of little boutique shops and larger shops that sell any kind of clothing imaginable.

Also, on these floors, there are several inexpensive tailors that can make you a skirt, a women’s suit, a man’s work suit, shirts, ties, – anything you want and all very cheaply.

MBK is right next to National Stadium sky train station (one the right hand side as you get off the train, you can’t miss it!)

Siam Square – Siam Square is the local university area and is flooded with university students at any time of the day and night. It’s also a great shopping area for clothes as they cater to the price-range of college students, and also have the latest, hip, fashionable clothing at inexpensive prices. T shirts, skirts, shorts, spaghetti strap tops, jeans, shoes, everything is available here. Also, if you go into some of the little alley ways, you’ll find lots of other stores that are designer stores (local young Thai designers) at very inexpensive prices.

The only drawback to Siam Square is, because Thais are small and these stores cater to young people, the sizes are small. If you are above a US size 10, you’re not likely to find anything to fit you here unfortunately.

Siam Square as at the Siam sky train station. It’s the area opposite all the malls (Siam Discovery Mall, Siam Paragon, Siam Centre etc.) but, as all you can see are tons of shops and lots of young Thais, it’s difficult to miss.

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Bobae Market – Bobae Market is a clothesaholics’ paradise. Clothes are dirt cheap here, but you are expected to buy in bulk or wholesale (i.e.: three or four pieces at each stall). Prices are so cheap though ($1.50 per t shirt) that it’s easy to want to buy more than one item. Bobae has any clothing you would want but is specifically a great place for jeans, t shirts, shirts, blouses, skirts etc.

To get to Bobae, you can either take the boat from Siam Square (a bit difficult to find though, although one of the shopkeepers in any of the malls near Siam can tell you how to get there, and it is really fun on the boat on the klong) or, take a taxi.

 

 

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3 Best Places to Buy Cheap Fashion / Clothes in Bangkok

I don’t know any city in the world that offers so much fashion shops, markets, outlets and malls for low prices like Bangkok. And I’ve been to all other capital cities in Southeast Asia. Bangkok has the reputation of the shopping paradise and similar to buying electronics in Bangkok it’s not always easy to know where to go for the widest offer and lowest prices of clothes of all kind.

I have put together a list of the best places to buy fashion in Thailand’s capital and note that the tourist markets in Silom and Sukhumvit or even Khaosan are not on the list as they sell all stuff from Buddha Statues to alive or dead animals but are for sure not the best place to go clothes-shopping.

They all don’t really have a large selection of fashion wear and what they have is generally 50% more expensive of what you find in the following places.

1. Platinum Fashion Mall

Thailand’s largest fashion shopping complex with more than 2,000 shops. At Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok’s Pratunam district you can buy anything from sports socks, beautiful dresses to business suits and it’s also extremely cheap, most of the stuff selling around wholesale prices. This place is packed with people at any time of the day.

2. Ratchada Train Market

The hugely popular night market in Ratchada starts to attract more and more tourists who want to experience the biggest outdoor market in downtown Bangkok. Located right behind the Esplanade Shopping Mall (Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station), people love to come here to buy food and snacks or have a few beers and socialize in the atmospheric bars (see the upper part of the picture).

And besides all that, there are also countless of market stalls that sell all sorts of fashion and clothes products – t-shirts, pants, dresses, shoes etc.

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 Chatuchak Market

If you want to buy not just fashion, but also any other type of thing you could possibly want to take home from your Thailand holiday – Chatuchak Weekend Market probably has it. With more than 11,000 vendors, this is the biggest market in all of Thailand and a tourist attraction itself.

The great thing about this place, apart from the fact that it’s conveniently located right at the Chatuchak MRT Station (or Bang Sue BTS Station), is that there is a nice park next to the market where you can buy snacks and relax. Also, they’ve recently started to open really atmospheric cafes and even bars at different spots of the market. A must visit, even if it’s always crowded and a little touristy.

Map of Fashion Hotspots in Bangkok

As with all other kind of shopping in Bangkok, remember to always bargain and never buy things for the first price you get offered.

Video of Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok