Bangkok With A Bang

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Why Bangkok is Asia’s hot fash­ion des­ti­na­tion.

CLEO takes a stroll in Thai­land’s great­est fash­ion city where the streets are lit­tered with styles and trends. No need to cross con­ti­nents – we show you why Bangkok is the place to be to whet your fash­ion ap­petite. By Raja Anbreen

The mere men­tion of Bangkok and all any­body can think of is shop­ping. Shal­low as this may sound but it works out just fine for us, es­pe­cially when this Asian city is dubbed a fash­ion play­ground for all fash­ion­istas! Don’t be­lieve us? Just spot the num­ber of tourists (and lo­cals) scour­ing Bangkok’s mar­kets and shop­ping cen­tres armed with shop­ping bags. Not only are things af­ford­able here but Bangkok also spots some of the lat­est trends that are bound to ex­cite.

Tokyo has its Hara­juku style and Hong Kong its preppy de­signer girls. For Bangkok, street style is the way to go – clothes that are com­fort­able to wear ev­ery day but su­per­stylish, mak­ing the side­walks in Bangkok just as fash­ion savvy as the fash­ion cat­walks. The cool fac­tor? How ev­ery­one looks so ef­fort­less – even though high on the fash­ion scale – giv­ing us in­spi­ra­tion to em­brace our in­ner stylist.

Bangkok is fash­ion haven for both bar­gain hunters and high-street chicks. It’s a com­mon sight to see girls dressed in plat­form sneak­ers and flo­ral cut-out dresses, spiked caps paired with a base­ball jersey, or even py­jama trousers with an­kle strap heels. Guys go be­yond your typ­i­cal T-shirts and jeans, which is a treat to see. One thing is for sure – Thai fash­ion­istas are not afraid to mix things up and they mix it up well! Hang around and take notes. Your best fash­ion spot? Try the shop­ping par­adise, Cen­tralWorld Square.

BRAND CON­SCIOUS

Where do they get all th­ese cool clothes from? The many home­grown Thai brands worth go­ing ga-ga over. Quirky prints, unique trends, and dis­tinc­tive style, even Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties are opt­ing for th­ese lo­cal de­sign­ers’ in­ge­nious de­signs. Brands like Disaya, Fly Now and Kloset of­fer orig­i­nal and fan­ci­ful pieces per­fect for the bold and stylish.

Lo­cal fash­ion­istas also love mix­ing both high-end brands with bar­gain finds. We dig how they pair J Brand denim jeans with a cropped top that costs less than 100 Baht (RM10), mak­ing the combo oh-so-chic and su­per-edgy. Also, get your chic paws on in­ter­na­tional brands from Valentino to El­iz­a­beth and James. With th­ese in­flux of fash­ion in­flu­ences, it’s hard not to hop onto the fash­ion craze band­wagon in Bangkok.

FOR GIRLS WHO EAT

An­other great thing about Thai­land? Def­i­nitely the food. At Bangkok, din­ing can also come with a touch of style. From fancy restau­rants to pretty cafés, there are many places for fash­ion­istas to dig in and look good while do­ing so. In fact, there’s food at ev­ery cor­ner, mak­ing it hard to say no. It’s a won­der how Thai fash­ion­istas stay so slim and slen­der.

For din­ing op­tions, check out cool and con­tem­po­rary restau­rants like Zense or Shin­tori in Cen­tralWorld. You’ll love the stylish and swanky dé­cor that makes dress­ing up even more ex­cit­ing. Not mak­ing an ef­fort is a crime. For­tu­nately, the food is pretty good to look at and eat as well.

So if you’re af­ter a stylish get­away where you’ll be sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful peo­ple wher­ever you go, board a plane and make your way to Bangkok right now. Pack your cool es­sen­tials, put on your best out­fit, and be the quin­tes­sen­tial sar­to­rial tourist.

ASIAN DE­SIGN­ERS’ GALLERY

UN­CEN­SORED

DISAYA

MANOUSH

DISAYA

VIVI­ENNE TAM

KLOSET

LIN­GERIE DEPART­MENT AT CEN­TRALWORLD

MUNCHU’S

ZENSE

ZENSE

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