Stylish Casual Wear – The 10 Stores We Love from Low to High-End

by | Nov 6, 2021 | 0 comments

If you’re looking for some fun, stylish casual wear that will make you look great no matter where in the world your adventures take you, then read on! We’ve compiled a list of 10 stores we love. From laidback styles to trendy pieces, there’s something here for everyone

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 HK$300, and there are stores in Hong Kong for you to go shop in
  • The stationery line, Typo, is really cute, too

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

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Uniqlo – Great casual wear for puffer jackets and more

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:

  • 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

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

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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

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
  • 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.

Monki – Funky casualwear brand to make you make a statement  

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

Summary:

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

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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
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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 them 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, which can be dressed up or down; perfect for both weekend wear and office wear

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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!

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

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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

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

Henne – For super stylish casual wear

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

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

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.

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

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

Summary:

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

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 is casual wear?

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

Whether you’re looking for something to slip into after a day at the beach or just want some stylish pieces that can take you from adventure to adventure, this list has got your back. What are your favorite stores? Have any of these 10 made it onto your radar recently? Let us know in the comments below!

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