Shop in style
Part of the fun in visiting a new destination is discovering and being able to take home souvenirs and hard-to-find items. But there are some places that you actually have to visit for their shopping selections. Get a bargain or snag a long-time coveted piece at these locations. But first, make sure you’re dressed and ready for all the haggling and walking. Here’s how to dress up for your next shopping trip.
The perfect combo
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Striped stretch-Pima cotton-jersey T-shirt, USD157 (net-a-porter.com); Mother Rascal distressed denim shorts, USD309 (net-a-porter.com); APL Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Pro mesh sneakers, USD165 (net-a-porter.com); Folli Follie Match Point Ladies Watch, USD98.38 (ourshop.com)
If you’re on the hunt of the latest in K-beauty, Myeongdong, Seoul is the place to be. But essences and ampoules are not the only things you can get there. It’s a long stretch of different kinds of shops, from high street to designer. Two things to take note of: comfort and time. Try the most comfortable outfit combo there is: a shirt and a pair of shorts. Also, with all the stores you can visit, it’s easy to get carried away. So make sure you don’t forget the time by having a watch with you at all times.
Bodyism Olivia stretch-jersey sports bra, USD35 (theoutnet.com); Tory Sport Striped stretch-knit track jacket, USD272 (net-a-porter.com); Tory Sport Cropped striped stretch-knit track pants, USD151 (net-a-porter.com); Common Projects leather slides, USD454 (net-a-porter.com); Mi Amazfit Bip, USD70.74 (ourshop.com)
You’ll find athleisure pieces and active wear sported by people everywhere now. But aside from the gym, where do these pieces really not feel out of place? On the streets of Hong Kong’s shopping district. As we all know, shopping can be considered a cardio exercise. So why not dress aptly for it? While you’re at it, why not track your steps, too?
Go with the flow
Looking to hit up the street markets of Kuala Lumpur soon? With the city’s weather mostly humid by day and not so much at night, you’d want to wear something that is easy, breezy and will allow you to flow your way through busy streets. Go for a sundress and flats for frolicking on the day. But make sure you keep a cardigan with you should the night get chilly.
Dress for the dressing room
The Range One-shoulder ribbed cotton-jersey bodysuit, USD130 (net-a-porter.com); Marni linen skirt, USD222 (theoutnet.com); Dolce & Gabbana floral-appliqued corded lace espadrilles, USD330 (theoutnet.com)
Ready to snag some of the many unique fashion finds in Tokyo? Make sure you’re dressed for it. And by it we mean the dressing room. Whether you’re into the more minimalist aesthetic or the playful, imaginative style, you’re going to need to try on the clothes before you buy them. So make sure you wear pieces that are easy to take off.
Vince. Slub Pima cotton-jersey shirt, USD54 (theoutnet.com); Furla Giulia crossbody bag, USD177.49 (ourshop.com); ATP Atelier Astrid leather sandals, USD148 (net-a-porter.com); Moncler floral print silk-georgette shorts, USD643 (net-a-porter.com)
The street markets of Bangkok are abundant with bargain pieces. Plus, there are so many locally made products, too. So we’re sure you’d want to touch the textures and just get a feel of — literally — what they have to offer. Make sure you’re wearing something that can allow you to move freely. Top it all off with a crossbody bag, which you can wear without the hassle of using your hands.
Keep it simple
Stella McCartney + adidas Stan Smith grossgrain-trimmed faux leather sneakers, USD339 (net-a-porter.com); Theory Melange Pima cotton and modal-blend jersey maxi dress, USD122 (theoutnet.com); Proenza Schouler Hava leather shoulder bag, USD645 (theoutnet.com)
The most important thing to remember when dressing up for shopping, especially in a city where it can be quite humid is to keep things simple. Of course, we wouldn’t want you to be caught dead wearing something you’re not comfortable in. So make sure that you make comfort your top priority but also don’t wear something you’d be ashamed to be spotted in.