Forget the elephant pants and flip flops
When you say “Thailand”, most people think of bikinis, shorts and flip flops. Well yes, you can get away with those as a tourist, swapping the office attire for a pair of elephant pants.
But when you come to live in Bangkok, Thailand’s metropolitan heart, your vestimentary choices will soon change. You may have to go to work, or you’ll just feel tired of wearing denim shorts and a top the whole time. Also, you’ll quickly notice that tourists are the only people that really walk around in Bangkok. Everyone else moves around by scooter (or scooter taxi), a regular taxi or car, or by public transport. Basically you’ll be hopping from one air conditioned space to another, which means that your clothing choices will adapt too.
Casual chic in the city
I would describe my favorite style for Bangkok as casual chic, or urban meets bohemian. I’ve always enjoyed mixing trends up and thinking of original combinations. Below I’m listing my 5 must-have clothing items and where to shop them! (Note: none of these are affiliated to my blog.)
1. A pair of high-waisted linen pants
Every woman should have a pair of high waisted pants in her closet! They accentuate your waist, hide your tummy and make your legs look longer.
For Bangkok I love this pair from Dancing Riot, in breezy linen and a range of cool colors.
Everyday Apparels also has many original pants in their collection.
2. A flattering skirt
As a mother of a 6 month old baby I definitely appreciate clothing that’s “effortlessly elegant”. I pair a simple top with a pretty skirt, and off I go. I also like that you can dress up your skirt with sandals or heels, or go for a more casual look with a t-shirt and sneakers.
Another skirt crush is this one from Pomelo’s eco-friendly collection “Purpose”.
4. Off shoulder top/dress
Off shoulder tops give me an instant holiday feel, even on a Monday morning! You can style this black top in different ways by adjusting the straps – you can have both shoulders covered or not, or only one shoulder (which is the latest trend, for the fashionistas among you – this dress has got you covered!).
5. A colorful statement piece
Thailand is a country of colors, smiles and spicy food – so add some flavor to your wardrobe too! Wear a bright jacket on your black dress or vibrant shorts under that basic top. The statement pieces of Qoya can help you with that – their items are very bold so if you want to create a more day to day look, you can combine one of their colorful pieces with a neutral basic.
Hope I could offer you some surprising wardrobe ideas for this rollercoaster of a city.. Don’t hesitate to tell me your thoughts or inspire me with your favorites!