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Have you been trying to create your perfect wardrobe but don’t know where to shop other than those global fashion chain stores?
Do you want to buy new clothes but feel like you’re can’t because everything is so expensive?
Does your old wardrobe no longer fit your style?
Good news! Today’s post is going to be about stylish and affordable fashion stores in Hong Kong.
When I first came back to Hong Kong, I didn’t have clothes suitable for Hong Kong weather. Toronto is almost always chilly. Hong Kong is almost always warm.
I wasn’t too worried though because Hong Kong is a shopping paradise. DUH. Hong Kong has tons of affordable fashion stores but the problem is, it’s hard to find cute AND cheap clothes. Many stores I’ve gone to in the past are either too expensive or aren’t my definition of cute.
I was at a bakery one night trying to use up my coupons before they expire when I spotted a seemingly affordable fashion store across the street. Bam! It took one visit for me to fall in love with these stylish and affordable fashion stores.
There is a catch, however. Those who live in North America might not be familiar with this but these stores I will be talking about have only one standard size. There’s no small, medium, or large to try on. It’s one size and if you don’t fit it, then *shrugs*.
You can’t try on most of the clothes on either except outerwear (blazers, coats, etc). It was frustrating at first because back in Canada, I’m used to trying every piece of clothing in store but I have to now guess whether or not an item fits while I’m here.
I thought this was going to be a HUGE problem but it hasn’t been much of an issue. I bought a top I thought would fit and it somewhat did. Everything fit well except the bottom hem was a little tight. After all, I didn’t try most of these on so it’s almost expected that one or two pieces of clothing will not fit. I’m surprised the number isn’t higher actually.
Although I love these affordable fashion stores, I will NOT spend a lot of money on one item (my maximum to spend on one item is less than HKD 200 which is around CAD 30/USD 25). I’m taking a risk here to guess whether or not these clothes will fit me. If I buy it and bring it home just to find out it doesn’t fit, I wasted my money.
On the bright side, most of the clothes run on the larger side. It’s more likely to fit a wider range of body types. Also, almost all of these places also have new clothes every week. You can visit the same store once a week and find new items for sale!
All of these stores are in highly visited locations. It’s not in the middle of nowhere. I wouldn’t visit these places if they were.
Also, Hong Kong is still a cash-based society. I would bring cash to these places (Maple accepts credit cards) to be on the safe side. Some of these stores don’t accept cards and I can’t tell you exactly which ones because I always use cash when I’m at these stores.
1) Granville Road (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Tsim Sha Tsui is a well-known shopping district for locals and tourists. It’s always busy on the weekends. It’s pretty much guaranteed that I will go to Tsim Sha Tsui once a week. Although there are many shops in this area, there’s one place I want to point out in particular and that’s Granville Road.
Granville Road is a must-visit for fashion lovers. You will see quite a few stores on this road but the one I visit most is the store that caught my attention while I was at the bakery; the store is called All 50 Up. I am guaranteed to find at least one piece of clothing I like each visit. I even recognize the employees at this point. Btw, I am not sponsored for saying this. I truly love this store so I wanted to give them a shout-out.
If you continue walking up the street and then turn right, you will come across a building called Rise Shopping Arcade on Granville Circuit. There are several floors, which comprises of individual shops. To be honest, this is the place I visit the least on this list. The stores are generally smaller than All 50 Up. There are more affordable clothing options within the arcade since there are a lot of stores but there aren’t many clothes within each store.
One piece of advice: don’t come before 4 pm. I personally like to do things earlier in the day. You get it over with, you know? Going to Rise Shopping Arcade/Granville Road isn’t one of them because the stores on this street tend to open later. What’s the point of going somewhere early when half of the stores aren’t even open? I always go after work or on the weekends.
Granville Road isn’t the only place that sells affordable fashion in Tsim Sha Tsui but the other stores are scattered around. I prefer going to a smaller area with several stores to look around than to walk around and find ONE store to look at. If you aren’t able to find what you want on Granville Road and Rise Shopping Arcade, take a walk around Tsim Sha Tsui. There are even more stores around.
2) Maple (Multiple Locations)
Maple is a Hong Kong retail chain that has stores all over the city. Their website shows all locations and you’ll see how many there are! They even have a store on Granville Road (it’s the biggest one out of the 4 locations I’ve been to).
I didn’t even go inside Maple the first time I walked past it because my first impression was that the clothes were too busy and bright. Neural colour clothing is more my thing. I’m glad I went because it’s now a store I visit regularly.
This store sells mostly clothes but also sells accessories such as jewellery, scarves, and bags.
I bought a scarf on sale for HKD 40. What a steal! It’s warm and I like the colour. I use it almost every day. The weather is getting a little warmer now. One fact about HK people is that many of us love AC (air conditioner). We turn it up quite high so it can get cold indoors. This shawl is a great accessory to keep me warm and feeling cute.
Maple has a website so you can browse online. Isn’t this a great option for those who love online shopping? I do want to note that they don’t have all their pieces online so it’s still best to go to the store. Hey, at least you have the option to buy things online, right?
I like shopping here because there are times where there’s only 1 piece of that item in the store. It’s a small win when I buy the last item. It makes me feel lucky and special although sometimes, I’m like I rather buy something new. Who knows how many people have touched this particular item when it was on a hanger in store?
Remember how I talked about these affordable fashion stores that don’t let you try on clothes earlier in my post? Maple is a bit of an exception. They let you try some stuff on but only if it’s a full-priced item. You are not able to try on clothes on sale. I never go into fitting rooms at this store because I’m quite used to clothes shopping now without trying things on. I would never have expected even a few months ago.
3) Argyle Center (Mong Kok)
This is the last on my list but I’m excited to talk about it because I ADORE Mong Kok. Mong Kok is a district known to sell budget-friendly items from electronics to fashion to cute gifts to sneakers. Affordable fashion? Affordable everything? Count me in!
When it comes to budget-friendly clothes, I have to talk about Argyle Center. This mall has three floors filled with affordable fashion stores. This mall has snack stores scattered around as well as stores that sell miscellaneous items like jewelry, shoes, etc.
I tend to go inside this mall through their New Town Mall entrance (both malls are connected). The New Town Mall sign is bright orange so you’ll be able to spot the sign from far away. However, you can easily miss the entrance if you walk past it. At first glance, the mall seems nothing special but if you can find your way in, it’s a gem. You have to turn around the corner and go up the escalator to get to these shopping floors.
Wanna see a video of how the mall looks like? I was able to find a video on YouTube. Click here to watch.
Everything is compact on each floor. In fact, you might even be overwhelmed by the choices. How do these stores/stalls fit so many clothes in such a small space? Hong Kong people are great at that! There are many clothing stalls in the middle of the floor and then stores on the side. For some reason, I prefer the stalls.
Some of the stalls sell the same clothing so look around before buying. You never know, the same skirt can be cheaper two stalls down.
This mall is similar to Rise Shopping Arcade since they both have several floors of clothing. There are two major differences: Argyle Centre is cheaper (Mong Kok is known for their cheaper prices, anyway) and busier. I think it’s because Rise Shopping Arcade is more hidden so that’s why people prefer Argyle Center? It’s also closer to the MTR station.
Like Granville road, most stores aren’t open until late afternoon. I visited the mall at 1 pm once and half the shops weren’t open. I don’t like visiting stores when there’s no one because the employees stare and follow you around since you’re the only customer so I always go around 7 pm. Everything is open then and the atmosphere is lively.
Vestiaire Collective – I have made a separate blog post about how to use Vestiaire but I seriously love this website. I included this website here because they have an office in Hong Kong. The clothes they sell ARE stylish and it’s MORE affordable than normal-priced designer items. Vestiaire isn’t as cheap as the other places on the list (it is designer, after all) but I have gotten AMAZING deals from there and always talk to my friends about it. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Interested in buying luxury items but don’t have enough money right now? Here are some tips on how to save for luxury items.
What other places did I miss? Feel free to recommend me some places for clothes shopping in Hong Kong. Where do you like to buy your clothes? Why? Let me know in the comments down below!