Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bangkok travel wardrobe

In the final instalment of the Thailand travelogue (which took so much longer to post than I thought/hoped) I've adapted the Koh Samui travel wardrobe for our stay in Bangkok. The city impressions are a mix of pictures from markets, restaurants and the beautiful interior decoration Christian Lacroix designed for the hotel we stayed in (SO Sofitel).

Combining the long skirt I wore in the evenings at Koh Samui with a sleeveless top for a daytime look. Accessories: Mini Caba summer bag (here), single strand necklace (part of necklace duo, available here) and teardrop earrings in gold (here). Hermes Clic H bracelet in black.

Street food at the Old Siam Plaza food market (click here to see more)

Long floral dress (Lewie by Theory) dressed casually with a Mini George summer bag (available here), Double Anneau necklace in noir/or (available here) and Hermes Marche de Savana printed enamel bracelet

A dachshund (!) sculpture in celebration of the Year of the Dog at the entrance to the glitzy Siam Paragon shopping mall. If you love Dachshunds, click here to see or follow my boys' adventures!

Same dress as above, accessorized for the evening with a crystal collar necklace in the new sea green (available here). Kelly Pochette in black croc and black lizard Charniere bracelet by Hermes.

Street vendor in Chinatown

The floor length dresses worked just as well in Bangkok as in the beach resort, only that in the city I wore them with strappy sandals instead of flats. For a mid-winter holiday long dresses have the added benefit of covering winter white legs. Accessories: Mini George summer bag (available here) and Hermes Lena horn necklace and Clic H enamel bracelet in black.

The roof top pool at our hotel was a lovely place to relax after spending the day walking the bustling streets of Bangkok

This fringed and hand-embroidered cotton poncho was a Bangkok find and works just as well at the hotel's poolside as it did on Koh Samui (A limited number is available here). Accessories: Ornament necklace, three-strand earrings and a multi-strand bracelet in gold (all available here). Summer bag: Mini Caba in black (here)

The modern and elegant Ma Maison restaurant (the menu is Thai, despite the French name) is set in the romantic gardens of the Nai Lert Park Heritage Home and surrounded by lush trees and manicured lawns. It was another great tip from our friends, with whom we enjoyed a wonderful dinner there.

Same dress as worn in Koh Samui, but with the smaller and dressier Mini George summer bag (available here) and sparkling Chandelier Crystal earrings in dove grey (here)

Room with a view

The beautiful silk chiffon kaftan dress is another Bangkok find. I brought a few back for the shop (available in black and blue, click here). Accessories: Ornament necklace (available here)

Dinner at the Chef's table at the Park Society restaurant made for a memorable last evening in Bangkok

Skirt as further above, this time dressed up with a gemstone waterfall necklace in sienna/ecru/champagne (available here) and an Hermes Grand Apparat printed enamel bracelet

Variation: as above, but with a gemstone waterfall necklace in gris/taupe/argile (available here)

The SO Sofitel's staff uniform, designed by Christian Lacroix

Lounge with a view

Top and jeans as worn in Koh Samui, but with a Waterfall necklace and multi strand bracelet in silver (available here)

Black and white printed kaftan with a necklace trio in gold (available here) and a Hermes Caleche narrow enamel bracelet

Travel wardrobe - clothes, shoes and bags:

Travel wardrobe - accessories:

8 bracelets
• Hermes: Clic H in black, Quadrige printed enamel, Charniere in black lizard, Caleche narrow, La Marche de Savana large and Grand Apparat extra large printed enamel 
• MaiTai Collection: Multi strand bracelets in silver and gold (here)

12 necklaces:
MaiTai Collection: Double Anneau necklaces in noir/or and noir/argent (here). Waterfall necklace in gold and silver, Tassel and Multi-strand necklace duo in silver and necklace trio in gold (Multi-strand, Ornament and single strand). All available here

 6 pairs of earrings:
Chanel: Gold and beige (Metal/Resin/Strass). Available here
MaiTai Collection: Tear drop and three-strand earrings in silver and gold (available here) and crystal chandelier earrings in dove grey (here)

Gold and silver accessories:

Gemstone and crystal necklaces:

Top row: Crystal collar necklace in the new sea green (available here) and gemstone waterfall necklace in sienna/ecru/champagne (left) and gris/taupe/argile (right). Available here

Getting organized:

The jewelry organizer (available here) holds the bracelets and two Double Anneau necklaces. Each bracelet has an individual pocket, so that they won't bang against each other during transport.

The earrings and remaining necklaces are stored in the velvet pouches they come with:

Voilà - ready to go!

Side by side pictures on outfits variations:






Ma Maison: 2 Wireless road, Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. 
Tel: +66 2 655 4773

SO Sofitel Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500. Tel +66 2624 0000

Park Society Restaurant: on the 29th floor of the SO Sofitel.
Tel: +66 2 624 0000

Old Siam Plaza Food Hall: Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200. Open from 10 am to 8 pm


  1. SO envious of ladies with the right bust size for those caftans. Usually I like having the measurements I do, but not today!

  2. LOVE seeing your highlights of your trip to Bangkok along with your wardrobe tips. Very comprehensive and fun to read and study.

  3. :-) Thank you for sharing your lovely holiday memories, dear MaiTai!
    As always I'm impressed with your wardrobe styles and combination possibilities.
    I wish I could wear the caftan, but unfortunately it won't fit me... boo-hoo-hoo :-(
    Have a very HAPPY week!
    Claudia :-)

  4. Well, all I can say is that you and your lovely travel wardrobe certainly complimented both the beach resort and downtown Bangkok. You looked lovely in every shot.

    I'm impressed with the jewelry wardrobe - wow! I'm so lazy when I travel and wear the same watch, a couple of rings, and maybe a pair of earrings EACH AND EVERY DAY. I must work on upping my game. I am an accessories disgrace!

    Thanks for sharing your marvelous and colorful trip.

    Love to you,

    1. You are right, dear Jerrine- it’s absolutely worth upping the game when I see MaiTais pictures! Amazing how a single piece of jewellery can change the look of an outfit...and alas, a necklace is more lightweight than a pair of shoes! But I can’t claim that my holiday jewellery is travelling in such style...Maybe I need to add the bracelets first and then the case?
      Dear MaiTai, it’s always a pleasure to see your collages and learn from your ideas - you certainly visited Bangkok in a very refined and yet easy going wardrobe. Bravo! I dread my next packing game- I‘m never that organised and think about different looks I want to create. It’s more of grabbing all my current favourites, and adding as little shoes and bags as possible. Thanks so much for your inspirational style sheets and lovely holiday snapshots.
      Love, Katja

  5. Dearest Mai Tai,

    I always enjoy your travel logs so much. They are so inspiring! In this post, especially like your blue and white dress. It looks beautiful on you! Congratulations on all your new pieces. I am sure they will be a great success. I've just come home from a sunny week in Porto. Wishing you a lovely week ahead and sending you much love, Manuela

  6. I doNOT have to worry about YOU skipping around TOWN in your EXERCISE PANTS!!!!!!!
    GORGEOUS each and every photo......I especially like the long dresses!

  7. Wowzer, darling, you have the packing and pairings down to an art!
    I must admit to being in the same camp as Jerrine and Katja! Yes, maybe we do need to start with the accessories and pack fewer clothes! I hate packing with a passion! Your style sheets make it look so easy! I am calling you next time I pull out the suitcase!
    Always in style no matter the locale!
    Mwahs and love,
    T xx