Best Places In Asia To Go Thrift Shopping | Clozette

Those who say that price dictates great style clearly haven't tried thrift shopping. Even famous content creators and celebrities have confessed to falling for its charms — and of course, its budget-friendly nature. And who wouldn't? Especially considering that thrift stores are a treasure trove for stylish, edgy, and sometimes even pre-loved designer goods that can be snagged for just a quarter (or less) than the original price. So whether you're a thrifting newbie or a seasoned frugal fashionista, look no further than our list of the best places to go thrift shopping in Asia. 

Don Don Down On Wednesday in Tokyo

Tokyo's fashion scene needs no introduction. After all, it is home to iconic subcultures like Harajuku, Visual Kei, and more. But raking through the city's busy streets to look for great fashion finds can be overwhelming. Good thing Don Don Down On Wednesday exactly prompts you when to drop by its stores to score the most bang for your buck. With prices going as low as 105 yen per item (less than USD1) and high chances of grabbing actual designer goods on its racks, you won't look at thrift shopping in Tokyo the same way after getting the Don Don experience.

Night Market Harrison Road in Baguio

Thrift shops may be scattered all over PH's metro, but nothing still beats the selection in Baguio when looking for fashion steals. We're talking Miu Miu heels or Marc Jacobs dresses in pristine condition for less than a quarter of their original price. Just head to Session Road or to the Night Market in Harrison Road and be spoiled for choice!

Mee & Gee in Hong Kong

If you're on a strict budget but are on a quest to find the best shopping finds in Hong Kong, Mee & Gee's shops are the stops for you. Located in Central, Mongkok and Wan Chai, this thrifting paradise offers great-quality secondhand picks from Japan, South Korea, and Europe. Coming out with a haul of pieces priced as low as HKD10 (around USD1) each is just inevitable. 

Mayhem Saigon in Vietnam

Boldly claiming that their shop is 'not recommended for average people', Mayhem Saigon truly delivers extraordinary finds. Home to vintage and edgy street style pieces, take your pick from their myriad of dresses, tops, boots, and accessories that will never fail to impress. Plus, you'll feel free to fall in love with more than just one fashion piece because their slashed prices will definitely leave you putting more to your shopping bag. 

Refash in Singapore

Fashion trends come and go but that doesn't mean last season's prime pieces go passé in a flash. Singapore's Refash knows it to be true, thus, they created a shop where you can get pieces from previous fashion seasons for less. Snag picks from the likes of Zara and Topshop in hardly worn conditions and for a fraction of the original price. And make sure you keep your eyes peeled for their constant price drops.

(Cover photo from: @dondondown_koenji; @refashsg)

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Sometimes, it’s difficult for us to find clothes to wear. Despite our closets bursting with different sorts of pieces, it’s a challenge for us to find our OOTDs because there are tons of factors to consider. We can only mix and match clothes up to an extent. But can you imagine a life where you don’t need to shop for new clothing? No more seasonal wardrobe de-cluttering and revamping. Just simply send a fashion company of a photo of yourself, and you could have your choice of clothing edited onto you in an instant. 

Digital becomes reality

It seems like quite an interesting sci-fi material, but it’s actually a concept that already exists today. Due to reports of influencers buying outfits for single-use to post on their feeds, Scandinavian fashion retailer Carlings released their first-ever digital clothing collection last November. The line included 19 genderless, sizeless futuristic pieces. The digital clothing was sold from EUR10 to EUR30 (~SGD15.31 to SGD45.92) and customers simply supplied a photo that was manipulated by Carlings so they appeared dressed in it. Several influencers were hired to promote the line and it sold out in a week. Because of its positive response, the brand is now working on a second collection to be released this season. 

Looking back

If we’d look at the games released in the past few decades, people spending real money on digital clothes isn’t a new concept at all. There’s been the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, where users could dress her up in designs from Karl Lagerfeld, Balmain and more, which you could buy in virtual currency you earned in-game or with real money. There’s also Moschino, who earlier this year, in line with their The Sims-inspired fashion collection, also virtually released a specially-designed hoodie that could be used in the simulation game.

All for practicality

With people living more and more of their lives online, it’s not surprising that digital clothing is expanding outside gaming. After all, it’s pretty convenient. Because all your clothes exist in the virtual world, you save space in your wardrobe and you don’t have to go through a Konmari session at the end of every month. It’s also considerably cheaper, as opposed to buying garments that you’ll use only once for a photo. There’s no need to worry about sizing as well because these virtual clothes are literally one-size-fits-all. Lastly, and perhaps its greatest attribute, is that buying these can reduce our Carbon footprint because it skips all the production and shipping processes.

Sacrificing some joys

Still, with all its positives, there are bound to be some cons too. With digital clothing, the tactile experience of wearing your clothes is lost to us. You can no longer feel giddy as a silk dress slides smoothly on your skin, or feel the comfort of fleece knit sweaters. That empowering feeling of fashioning clothes that slay wouldn’t be present if we opt to digitise it instead.


With the Carlings first digital collection receiving positive response, this modern concept can undeniably rack up profits. It’s a greatly sustainable idea that can be catered for influencers and other people who show much of their lives online. Not to mention, it definitely has potential to expand the creativity of designers and wearers looking for other ways to explore their styles. But, it’s quite hard to imagine that it would sell to those who live without posting much on their social media. Whether or not it will pass as a fad or remain in the next few years, only time will tell.

(Cover photo from: @carlings_official)

For now, here are ways to style your fave jeans and shoe pairings.



The monsoon season a.k.a. the rainy season has officially begun in most parts of Asia now, and we all know what that means as for our choice in footwear. We need pairs that will help us handle the weather and still ace the day in style. Thanks to today’s innovations in fashion, there are now a lot of water-resistant shoes aside from the usual bulky rain boots we grew up with. Check out some of our favourites.

Aigle Women’s Miss Juliette Bottillon Wellington Boots

This pair of sexy and sleek rain boots with heels for women has a five-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Aigle Women’s Miss Juliette Bottillon Wellington Boots are made of rubber and are manufactured by hand in France. It comes in colours of black, brown, green, auburn, amber, and navy. Get a pair here and match them with your favourite jeans and parka, or even with your favourite dress.

Melissa Doll III

At least once in a woman’s life, she has tried wearing a dress on a rainy day and felt the challenge of finding flats that will achieve the sweet look but also survive the downpour. This pair of doll shoes from Melissa named Doll III is perfect for that. It looks romantic, has a round-toe form, and is very feminine because it is topped with a metallic ribbon. But most importantly, it’s made of PVC inside and out, which will keep your feet dry and comfortable. Shop your own pair here.

Dr. Martens’ 1460 PRIDE

This unisex pair of 8-eye rainbow boots from Dr. Martens called 1460 PRIDE doesn’t simply and literally turn one’s gloomy day to a colourful one but also represent something meaningful. Walk with pride and stand tall with the LGBTQ community with this pair while matching it with a black or white shirt and your favourite jeans. It’s made durable and fashionable using high-quality materials that can also handle the rain.

Muji’s Water Repellant Organic Cotton Sneakers

It’s a must to include these Water Repellant Organic Cotton Sneakers from Muji in your rainy day essentials. These kicks come in low and high-cut type, fitted with removable cupped insoles that cuddle your feet firmly. The best feature of this pair? It’s pre-treated with water-repellent technology so you won’t have to worry about puddles staining its fabric. With its classic design and mono-colour, you can wear it to sport your favourite athleisure or casual wear. Also, check how affordable it is here.

Sam Edelman Tinsley Rain Boot

It’s not difficult to fall in love with this take on the Chelsea boots from Sam Edelman, the Tinsley Rain Boot. It's got pretty colours and elegant form. It has an inch of heels to add a bit of height but does not compromise comfort with its padded footbed inside. Wear them how you usually wear your suede Chelseas — with jeans and a shirt or a dress for a casual look or be bold and go boho under the rain with a long skirt. Take a closer look at these boots here.

(Cover photo from: Dr. Martens, Sam Edelman)

Done picking your shoes for the rainy season? Now let’s pick some chic jackets.