Bangkok With A Bang
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.
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
LINGERIE DEPARTMENT AT CENTRALWORLD