I am officially calling this my big fat shopping vacation. No, didnt eat so much. In fact, did so much walking, I am sure I lost some calories. Day 3 in Bangkok turned out to be a great day. Chatuchak was a surprise. But Krung Thong Plaza was a bless. Before coming, we did research if this shopping haven had plus sizes clothes. Blogs, chats and websites had indicated that there was none. That it was limited due to how small Asians are. So, we were prepared to be further disappointed. But much to our surprise, Krung Thong and Platinum Mall left us feeling elated. Vintage dresses, blouses and even evening dresses were aplenty for curvy and big ladies. It was every where. It made us wonder how big those ladies were that wrote so negatively about shopping in Bangkok. I found so many things that we are now very worried about excess baggage. Here's a little sneak peek on my haul! This tie & dye dress is officially my favourite purchase from Bangkok. It is made of rayon and spandex and is so comfortable. It can be worn both casually and even for partying. In fact, with a jacket, I think I could easily wear this to work as well.
So, let me tell you about day 2 in Bangkok. We began our excursion to Krung Thong, which ended up with us lugging out 2 bags full of shopping. We had initially planned to just spend half a day in KT, and after lunch adjourn to Platinum Mall. That never happened until much later. In Krung Thong, we got lucky and found a great little vintage dress shop, Silaket on the 1st floor of the plaza. Mind you, they do not have ground floor, hence 1st floor to them is ground, and 2nd floor is 1st...weird much? Anyway, it catered specifically for plus-size women. However everything comes in only 1 size. I would imagine anyone above size US18 would not be happy here. The shop assistant did not allow us to try on the dresses and we weren't able to return them either, so that was the risk we had to take. But it was worth it. We came back the next day to purchase more dresses in fact. So, here we thought, that was it. This was the only shop in Bangkok for plus-size. Boy were we wrong! As we walked around, we found another shop. HaBiBi, also on the same floor that is not really meant for plus-sizes, but the dresses there free-size and hey, I could fit into them. Again, no trying. But the shop owner was nice and again, we came back the next day!
So, after filling up a bag full of items, we moved on. Realising it was already past lunch hour and we had not had anything since breakfast, we proceeded to the 5th floor where there was a food court. lo-and-behold, we found a whole floor of plus-sizes shops! Perhaps they knew fat chics would locate food court, they decided to place most of the plus-sizes shops here.
They are however, not my cuppatea. The clothes here were either too prom-like or very aunty-ish. But if that is what you seek, once in KT, go straight up to the 5th floor then.
After we had our quick bite, we decided to proceed to Platinum Mall. If we didn't, we know we'd regret it as we only had 1 full day left tomorrow to shop before heading back to KL. From KT, there is a bridge connecting the 2 malls. We went and got on the 3rd floor of Platinum Mall. Seriously we were both gawking like "jakuns" here. The place is huge and there were shops for plus-sizes everywhere. We couldn't help but wonder who are those people that blogged and said there were none. Our guess is these women are most likely sizes 22 and above.
My favourite shop in Platinum Mall is Panida. Located on the 3rd floor, this shop has muslimah clothing. Of course they did not have hijabs, but the dresses were long-sleeved and her mannequins had hijabs on.
I love the dresses here. They were not as cheap as KT's but it had quality. And best part is, she is super friendly. Again, we returned the next day for me to make more purchases, and she was even kind enough to allow me to "park" my shopping while I explore PM further.
Also in PM, we found accessories that are to die for. Of course, you need to really pick and choose as not everything is beautiful. In fact, you really need to spend some time here to mix and match items like earrings to necklaces.
All-in-all, day 3 in Bangkok was satisfying and made me a poor woman. But I think I found enough gems to share with everyone. Will update clothes and accessories for sale soon in this blog.
So for now, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!