There are only really a few shops in Hong Kong that I can rely on for decent quality, fashionable plus size clothes. H&M, Cotton On and Forever 21 are three of my staple stores, and I rarely venture from them because elsewhere in HK clothes come in three sizes: small, extra small, and extra extra ‘that wouldn’t fit around my thigh’ small. Occasionally though, I’ll find a store that has some plus size options. Monki is one of those stores.
For those that don’t know, Monki styles itself as somewhere between indie and bohemian chic. Think long, flowing chiffon skirts, gorgeous woolen jumpers, embellished jackets and tunic dresses. Personally, I love their signature style even if it is often out of my price range; more expensive than H&M and Cotton On, Monki is go-to for when I’m looking for something a little bit different (and it’s pay day). On my lucky days, I’ll find something that fits. More often than not though, I’ll come out of the store sadly with my money intact and head for the comforting embrace of H&M.
And my love-hate relationship doesn’t stop there. I might love the clothes, but their shop assistants leave me cold. A few times when I’ve been in Monki the salesgirls have treated me with barely disguised contempt, ignoring me at the changing rooms and sniggering to themselves. It would make anyone uncomfortable, and it certainly made me feel like they didn’t want my custom. The Chinese may be direct, but there’s a fine line between forthrightness and rudeness. So – plus size ladies, you CAN find gems in Monki, but be aware that the atmosphere in there may not be so well disposed towards you. If it upsets you, I’d encourage you to take your custom elsewhere.
I found this beautiful floaty dress in Monki when it was on sale for 150 HKD. The delicate colour, judged to be ‘sea-foam’ by one of my male friends, is flattering on my pale skintone and works well with red hair. The dress is a great length too – long enough to wear with tights without fear of flashing, but not so long it drowns me. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the detail on the dress is gorgeous – there is a plain polyester lining, and then over the top some wonderful delicate crochet detail. This is particularly shown on the scalloped hemline which I love. The ruching under the bust draws attention to the waistline and gives the dress a flattering shape.
I love this dress so much, I wore it on Christmas day in Vietnam. Here I am opening a present!