If you’ve ever been to Bangkok, you will know that the heat is pretty darn painful. I would fill you in on how sweaty I got taking these photos, but I can guarantee that it’s not something you want to know about.
One of my first posts was about dealing with Bangkok’s heat, but I figured I should touch on it one more time before I leave the city. Along with this post, I would highly suggest you check out the original post here because somehow it still makes me giggle. As I grow, so does my blog and I think I have derived a slightly more sophisticated approach to battling the heat since that last post was written. What do you think? Please let me know which one you like more.
When it comes to Bangkok, the feeling of sweat is one we know all too well. Having a shiny forehead or sweat stained back was something that used to make me embarrassed, but it doesn’t take long in the tropics to lose all your perspiration shame.
Over the years, my daytime wardrobe has adapted significantly, as I try to come up with the most comfortable way to endure the heat. Whether you’re a local or a tourist out sightseeing, the combination of the following outfit elements will allow you to survive in the city as comfortably as humanly possible.
1. Culottes or loose cropped trousers.
Yes, it’s a million degrees and we all want to wear short shorts, but really, we don’t want to be those obscenely scantily clad foreigners who are too clueless to adopt conservative Thai culture. Although some people argue that Thai people wear short shorts too (which is true), I would like to add that the effect of something short on a petite, “hip-less” Thai girl has much less impact than a bootylicious westerner. I apologise if I have offended anyone, but it’s kind of true.
Instead, why not go for the comfortable Culotte. It’s cropped, loose and and easy to wear, so there isn’t much more you could want from a trouser. Not to mention you are covered enough to enter temples when you are playing tourist for the day.
2. A light, lose tunic.
The sun is blaring down on you, so I would suggest wearing white. Ensuring your top is loose will help with airflow.
Covering your arms is beneficial for sunburn protection, as well as ensuring you’re dressed appropriately for most situations. If you’re a tourist wearing a spaghetti strap top, you might want to stay on Khao San road because that is not acceptable for most tourist sights or temples.
3. A panama hat.
With a brim wide enough to block out the sun and a material light enough to have no added weight, Panama hats are the perfect tropical headwear.
This hat came from Mon Panama who have a showroom in Ekamai. All hats are genuine and handmade in Ecuador. If you’re in Bangkok and would like to inquire about the hats, you can LINE Anne at “anneclaude” or call her at 0861768179.
4. A small pouch.
After a recent stint with a pickpocket, I have realised that keeping your valuable items close and physically attached to you is important. This pouch from Otra-Parte is the perfect size for money, phone and passport if necessary. The clasp closure makes it that much more tricky for someone to get in.
Otra-Parte is unique in that it is made from 100% wool felt, so its light enough you won’t realise you’re wearing. The products are from fair trade felt produced in Italy and Germany, which is then manufactured in Poland. All this makes it a special place to keep important things.
Comfortable shoes are important if you are walking. Generally speaking, flip flops are not the most fashionable or appropriate city attire.
6. A tote bag.
If you’re shopping, you might want to carry a lightweight tote to fill with things as you buy them. Carrying one bag is easier than 10 different shopping bags. Plus, it gives you somewhere to store water.
All in all, this is my ideal outfit for a day out in Bangkok. In fact, I think I wore it about 3 days in a row when my mum was here visiting. What do you wear in Bangkok? Let me know!
Hat: Mon Panama – Pouch: Otra-Parte – Trousers: Beginning Boutique
Tote: Charlie Middleton – Tunic: Zara