Allow me to introduce you to Express Bus Terminal. Aside from Gmarket, this is the next cheapest place to buy clothes in Korea. Not too many foreigners seem to know about this place, seeing how most of the shoppers there are Korean. I almost thought of keeping it that way by not saying a word about it, hah...But oh well, here I am!
Express Bus Terminal doubles as both a subway stop and, well, a bus terminal! It’s one of the stops for intercity buses. At ground level you have a department store (the Shinsegae) and underneath around the subway entrance is a monstrous–and I do mean monstrous–shopping area. I’m not talking your typical underground shopping mall like the one right next door at Gangnam Station; this one is packed and huge! They mostly have clothes, but if you make it all the way to the end, they also sell blankets, home décor, plants, they have a food court, and they have cosmetics stores in the center. And just a tip: cash only, and not much bargaining going on in most stores (unless you buy a lot, which then maybe you can maybe bargain a couple bucks.) However, some store owners will try to rip you off if you're a foreigner, so be careful!
This is where my “good eye” comes in. Since I’m not a big fan of Korean style, I have to look hard to find dolly-like clothing. And aside from very basic tees or tanks, most cute tops go from 10,000KRW to around 20,000KRW. I personally hate paying more than 10,000KRW for any one thing, and paying less is even better. I’m one of those girls who is willing to sacrifice a little bit of quality if it means having lots of it!
I took my sister here when she came to Korea last fall—yes, these pictures are from way long ago! I think I did pretty well with this haul, if I may say so myself!
A super cute floral backpack—totally my style!
I'd wear this to school in a heartbeat if given the chance!
Most of the bags didn’t suit my fancy (too simple), but then I spotted this:
It’s a bit simple, but still very cute and cartoony! Might I mention that it’s great quality, too? It’s unbelievably sturdy for only 10,000KRW.
This long and billowy blouse reminded me a what many BJD wear:
I think it could be fashioned into an effortless mori girl style, or it could be used in a pale, sickly look for gloomy days. :) I want to also note that I found this one in an ajumma’s store, haha! The ajumma was so surprised and happy when I picked it out.
This blouse reminds me so much of that picnic-y gyaru look from a couple years ago:
This was another rare find in a sea of Korean-style tops:
I had actually seen a BJD dress that had a very similar floral-on-grey print, which is precisely the reason I bought it! Just yesterday I finished modifying this top into a super dolly dress!
Here is a similar top that also reminded me of a BJD dress:
Thankfully the wrinkles have loosened out by now, so I’ll be working on turning this into a dolly dress next!
I also bought some PJs for the summer:
It looks a bit tacky, but it reminds me of 2008-2009 gyaru which I still have warm feelings for. ^^
And last but not least, one of my favorite purchases: my idea of a perfect apron for only 4,000KRW!
The floral/plaid print reminds me so much of cottages. It makes me want to bake pastries in late summer afternoons.
I’m very curious, how much do clothes cost in your country?
In America, pretty tops go for $20+, I think (going by Forever21 prices.) Tees and sale items are of course cheaper, while dresses start at $30. Correct me if I’m wrong, and do share where you buy budget clothes!