Stylish Casual Wear – The 10 Stores We Love

by Joanne Rushton
March 10, 2021

Looking for high-quality, lower-priced casual wear in Hong Kong?

Living in Hong Kong, we are surrounded by luxurious and expensive clothing stores, but there are plenty of options for buying affordable casual wear in the city.

We’ve rounded up a list of stores in Hong Kong where you can buy affordable— yet high-quality casual clothing.

In this article, we’ll tell you where to find:

  • hoodies, puffer jackets, and seamless underwear
  • elegant skirts and tops
  • monochromatic staples

and more…

 

1. Uniqlo – Great casual wear (hoodies, puffer jackets & seamless underwear)

Why we chose it:

  • Uniqlo stores may not appear particularly fashionable, especially since they sell some of their clothing folded in plastic bags, but these stores sell seriously great quality casual wear.
  • There is no other brand at this price point that compares in terms of quality and durability when it comes to quality casual wear.

What we like:

  • Great quality for the price; we tend to find that we hold on to our Uniqlo fashion basics for a long-time.
  • Uniqlo sells clothing with timeless aesthetics – the pieces don’t go out of style.
  • The brand is Japanese and offers what you would expect; reliability and quality.

What we don’t like:

  • It’s pretty much all monochromatic; don’t expect to find vibrant patterns.

Summary:

  • You won’t find “on-trend” clothing at Uniqlo, but you will find plenty of high-quality monochromatic casual wear items.
  • Our top recommendations are comfortable cotton hoodies, cashmere sweaters, puffer jackets, and seamless underwear, all for low prices.

Uniqlo locations: more than 20 stores across Hong Kong 

 

2. H&M – Great for casual wear (skirts and tops)

H&M sells cool clothing at inexpensive prices; you can expect to find some great casual wear.

Why we chose it:

  • H&M sells colorful clothing and on-trend at low prices

What we like:

  •  We love H&M’s skirts and tops; these pieces can be easily matched with more expensive clothing and can be easily dressed up or dressed down.
  • A big positive about H&M is its pricing.  At H&M, you may find some steals starting at around HK$50.

What we don’t like:

  • A lot of this clothing is only suitable for a few seasons; however, if you dig around, you should be able to find some timeless casual wear pieces.
  • H&M is a fast-fashion brand; not great for the environment if you don’t use your pieces for a long time

Summary:

  • If you take the time to look around, you should be able to find some great casual fashion pieces at H&M.
  • Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean you should buy pieces that you won’t really use; take the time to select pieces that will fit well into your wardrobe.

 

3. Zara – Best for casual work staples  

Why we chose it:

  • While Zara tends to offer on-trend pieces (that sometimes quickly go out-of-fashion), they also offer good staples for your wardrobe.
  • Our top pick in terms of fashion staples is the jackets.

What we like:

  • We love buying pieces that feel like and look like designer wear but at a fraction of the regular cost.

What we don’t like:

  • You can get caught up in the moment and buy items you don’t really need or won’t really use; keep the receipts and return as necessary.

Summary:

  • Zara casual wear’s key attraction is they are simple yet elegant and, they tend to look and feel much more expensive than they actually are.
  • In the past, Zara has done many jackets with gorgeous puff sleeves, can be dressed up or down; perfect for both weekend wear and office wear.

 

4. COS – Best for casual wear monochromatic pieces 

COS sells stylish monochromatic casual wear.

Why we chose it:

  • COS is owned by H&M and stands for “Collection of Style.” COS tends to sell better quality clothing than H&M and at higher prices
  • Whereas H&M is renowned for offering on-trend colorful pieces, COS provides monochromatic, elegant pieces.

What we like:

  • COS pieces tend to be reinvented classics intended to be timeless, to last more than a single season.
  • All of COS’s designs are inspired by art and design seen across urban areas. COS has a huge and loyal following; buyers of COS clothing tend to be people who prefer elegant, understated fashion.
  • The fact that their clothes are functional and usable across any season makes their staples a worthwhile investment!

What we don’t like:

  • Sometimes their entire shop can consist of a particular color palette that won’t suit particular skin tones.

Summary:

  • For monochromatic, understated casual wear, COS is a great option.
  • COS offers the best staples are their unstructured monochromatic dresses; These are the type of dresses you can wear to work with heels or add a relaxed belt and flip-flops and wear on the weekends.

COS locations: multiple locations across Hong Kong.

 

5. GAP – Best for casual wear

Gap is a great option if you are wanting to buy casual wear.

Why we chose it:

  • This American retail store may not be your best bet for high-fashion, but GAP is a good option for casual, basic fashion.
  • GAP offers simple, fashion staples at reasonable prices.

What we like:

  • Simple, easy to wear pieces that easily blend into your wardrobe
  • The ultimate store for buying casual wear and; blue jeans, white shirt, relaxed shirt? You’ll find it here.

What we don’t like:

  • Sometimes the pieces just look too cheap and thin.

Summary:

  • We love GAP’s relaxed shirts, t-shirts, and yoga pants as perfect staples that you can mix into a wardrobe of more expensive clothes.
  • GAP often has sales that offer outstanding discounts.

 

6. Outnet – Best for heavily discounted designer casual wear

Why we chose it:

  • We love the quality, and we love the prices – hands down, one of our favorite stores.
  • Not only do they sell plenty of fancy clothing, but they also sell a great selection of casual wear.

What we like:

  • There’s not much to like; you can even return (free of charge) items that you have bought at an 85% discount.
  • We also love the fact that you ship returns locally to Hong Kong; you can expect to hear back about your returns very quickly.
  • In the same way, we love the fact that we receive our purchases from Hong Kong super quickly!
  • They also sell high-quality gym wear.

What we don’t like:

  • Not all items are available in all sizes; sometimes, this can be heartbreaking

Summary:

  • 85% off designer casual wear? Yes, please.
  • If you like a good deal, you will like Outnet; think of it as a mix of Shopbop and Net-a-porter but at lower prices.

 

7. Selfridges – Best for well-priced casual wear from British designers

Selfridges sell mid to high end casual wear at decent prices.

Why we chose it:

  • At SavvyinHK, we are big fans of Selfridges; we’ve even dedicated an entire article to the benefits of buying a Selfridges membership.
  • Once you sign up for a 12 month Selfridges membership, you can enjoy free shipping for the entire year.
  • They sell brands that we simply adore, including Reiss, Maje, Sundarbay, P.E Nation, Eberjay, and plenty more.

What we like:

  • We like that Selfridges pricing tends to be lower than the pricing you will see on Hong Kong’s high-street.
  • We love the variety of casual wear, and we love the quality.

What we don’t like:

  • They tend to sell mid-to high-range clothing; you won’t find low-priced items.

Summary:

  • We love the style and the simplicity of the casual wear sold at Selfridges.
  • Great pricing and items get shipped fast.

8. Cotton On – Best for cute tees and prints

Cotton On sells cheap, chic casual wear.

Why we chose it:

  • There are always great offers for multibuys for your basics

What we like:

  • Cotton On clothes are laidback, cool, and casual
  • Whether you like band tees for lazing at the weekend or simple denim shorts, this place is for you.
  • You get free delivery for orders over $300, and there are four stores for you to go shop in
  • The stationery line, Typo, is really cute, too.

What we don’t like:

  • A lot of the cuts can be rather short and low, so if you want to cover up, you better look elsewhere.

Summary:

  • Aussie-owned, you get the “no worries, mate” vibe from the clothes with their effortless style.
  • The offers are really great when a new season hits and you want to grab some basics to see you through. 
  • Check out their locations in Central, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay.

 

9. Monki – Funky casualwear to make a statement around Hong Kong

Monki is an affordable brand and great for casual wear.

Why we chose it:

  • Dressing casual doesn’t have to mean fading into the background

What we like:

  • The casualwear at Monki is bold, with statement pieces that will make you stand out from the crowd.
  • You can really express yourself with the clothes, with bright prints, interesting shapes, and fun logos.
  • The shops aren’t just another retail outlet – they’re well designed and offer a cool shopping experience.

What we don’t like:

  • Everything has an edge; you’ll need to team your buys with simple pieces from other stores to not overdo it.

Summary

  • Monki is all about the statement and being cool whilst you make it
  • They have strong retail ethics and focus on sustainable consumption
  • Visit their stores in Tsuen Wan or Mong Kok for the full Monki shopping scene
  • Orders over US$200 are free delivery, with a five to seven working day delivery time if you can’t get into their stores

 

10. Henne – Capsule collections to see you through a season in Hong Kong

Henne is a great option for relaxed casual wear.

Why we chose it:

  • Henne is where to come for high-quality wardrobe staples in on-trend shapes.

What we like:

  • The palette is muted with a strong theme meaning everything goes with everything.
  • If you’re into color blocking, you’re in the right place; you’ll find no fussy patterns here.
  • The detailing is spot-on, with stitching, buttons, and seams in all the right places.

What we don’t like

  • Shipping is only through DHL, so you need to make sure it gets sent to an address where someone is available to sign on for the package.

Summary

  • The Aussie brand is chic and understated, perfect for underpinning your casual looks in long Hong Kong summers.
  • Shipping is free for orders over AU$700, AU$25 shipping fee if it’s under
  • The collections are compact and work well as a whole wardrobe, so you can buy with confidence, knowing that everything will match.

 

FAQs

What does casual wear mean?

Casual wear generally refers to relaxed outfits with a laid-back aesthetic.  Even though the clothes are informal, they are still stylish.

What kind of clothes are casual wear?

Clothes that are considered to be casual wear include:
Casual wear consists of items such as jeans, dress shirts (with a turned-down collar), t-shirts, sleeveless shirts, soft sweaters, hoodies, joggers, cargo pants, and other relaxed shirts.

 

Finally

We are committed to helping you source the best deals possible in Hong Kong; we hope you are now well-equipped with the best stores to meet your casual wear needs.

If we have missed any tips on casual wear, please let us know in the comments below. We are committed to helping share great tips with the community so, all great tips are very welcome!

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