Last weekend, me and my cousins went shopping in Ramkhamheng Street for cheap clothes. Ramkhanheng is where we usually go to buy clothes aside from Pratunam. It’s not far from where we are, Pridi Banomyong. We can take Bus No. 40 or Bus No. 7 to reach Big C Ramkhamheng for 9 Baht and from there, we can then start the walk to shop clothes.

I seldom go clothes shopping because I want to follow the principle of minimalism. A minimalist believes that fewer things mean less stress. A minimalist only buys things that he needs and let go of things that don’t have value. My closet at home is already full of clothes that there is no space for new ones. That already stresses me out when I looked at it. However, this month of October is an important month for Thailand as people prepare the first death anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

For this mourning period, everyone is requested to wear black clothing or any dark colored clothes.

How to dress during the mourning period? (An infographic sent to all staff in our school as a guide.)

I don’t have many black or dark colored clothes so I decided to go shopping for new ones. Besides, the last time I went shopping was 4-5 months ago. Yup! Pretty unusual for a woman, I know! =)

One thing I love living in Thailand is the cheap clothes. People here are mostly fashionistas. Thai girls are wearing dresses and sexy short shorts or hanging crop tops. Jeans are not popular like in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, I believed I haven’t worn mine for years now.

Along Ramkhamheng Street

Prices of clothes depend on every store and its types. Most often, you’ll see dresses and shirts sold from 100 Baht- 250 Baht.

Clothes for only 200 Baht.

It’s not only clothes they sell but also undergarments.

…and cute bags

You can also haggle from time to time. If you think that the price is too expensive, try ask for a lower price, up to half the offered price. If you are lucky, you can get a better price but other store staff can be very persistent. Just a friendly reminder, ask nicely and smile so your shopping spree will not be ruined by moody store salesperson.

After 2- 3 hours, here’s what I bought. I spent a little less than 2,000 Baht.

Simple white and black shirt for 150 Baht each. (I like the smooth cloth from this brand.)

Blouses- 150 Baht each

I found this flowery summer dress for 80 Baht. I can’t use it this month but I’ll reserve it for summer.

Black cute dresses, each less than 200 Baht.

Another skirt- 90 Baht and the dress- 150 Baht

The skirt is 90 Baht and blouse for 100 Baht.

Each piece is worth 150 Baht

Finally, since these are cheap brandless clothing, you can’t expect a very satisfactory quality. Some clothes may get loose quickly or fade its colors after few months of wearing. Though, some will last few years. So, don’t expect too much.

To think about it, if you have tons of clothes in your closet, you can wear one piece at least twice or thrice a month. With that routine, you can keep your clothes last for maybe 2-3 years, if you want to still wear them after those years, that is!

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My name is Ira, twenty-something OFW, currently living and working in Thailand. It has always been my dream to start a blog. My goal is to share my life experiences, travels and my personal journey towards financial freedom.
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