How to wear Thai pants

by Hippie Pants on November 26, 2015

Thai pants have been a beloved part of Thai culture for centuries, with a rich history rooted in both functionality and fashion. Originally worn by fishermen, these pants provide both comfort and protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Their lightweight and flexible fabric allows for unrestricted movement while fishing, making them the perfect choice for any angler.

Over time, these pants have evolved into a symbol of Thai identity and style. Today, the rise of global e-commerce platforms and tourism has played a significant role in spreading the popularity of Thai pants around the world, introducing them to new audiences and inspiring people to incorporate them into their own style. This is especially true of the now ubiqituous elephant pants.

What are they made of?

Thai pants are known for their comfort and breathability, which is largely due to the fabric they are made of. Cotton and linen are popular choices as they allow air to circulate freely and keep the wearer cool even in hot and humid weather conditions. These fabrics are also easy to care for and durable enough to withstand regular wear. For special occasions, they might be crafted from more luxurious materials such as silk or satin, which offer a lustrous finish and a touch of elegance. Here at Hippie Pants, we don’t work with silk as we are a 100% vegan brand.

How to wear these pants?

  1. Slide your feet through the ankle openings of the pants.
  2. Once both feet are through the ankle openings, make sure the fabric is spread evenly across your hips and waist.
  3. Tie the drawstring waistband to secure the pants in place. You can tie the drawstring in a bow or knot, depending on your preference.
  4. Adjust the pants as necessary to ensure that they're comfortable and fit properly. You can pull the fabric up or down slightly to adjust the length and adjust the waistband to make sure it's not too tight or too loose.

Visit our dedicated page for a full tutorial on how to wear fisherman style pants.

We will now explore Thai pants in general and how to wear them from a style point of view. Known for their vibrant, multihued colors and traditional prints, Thai pants are a distinctive part of many travel bags. Not to be confused with sarouel pants, Thai Pants are many traveler's favorite and instantly project a certain bohemian style. A lot of people just love Thai Pants and yet others swear they are hands down the best pants for yoga, But how to style them? We're here to help you out.

Thai pants are every traveller's favorite and instantly convey certain bohemian style to the wearer. A lot of people love Thai Pants and yet others swear they are hands down the best pants for yoga, But how to wear them? We're here to help you out.

Known for their vibrant, multihued colors and traditional prints, Thai pants are a distinctive part of many travel bags. Check out our best tips on how to use those flowy Thai pants:

Based on seasons:

If you want to wear them during winter, there are several ways to combine them with other clothes and accessories. You can use long boots or ankle boots made of vegan-leather or even suede. We suggest brown or black colors to make a perfect match. Go for what suits you best, what matters in the end is for you to feel good.

Those who want to wear a jacket on top can opt for a vintage piece or even a body hugging leather jacket. If you want to stand out, try jackets with beads, embroidery, or other embedded ornaments. Olive green military-style jackets might work as long as you choose the tighter fit.

And remember if it's particularly cold you can wear a pair of leggings or thermal underwear underneath them. Nobody will notice!

As for summer, Thai pants go perfectly with flat sandals and alpercatas giving a lighter, breezier look. If you're going to a park or lounging at home you can even go barefoot.

Barefoot in Thai Hippie Pants

Why not go barefoot in you thai hippie pants

If your pants are brightly colored, it might be best to match them with basic solid-colored tops: for example, a blouse (with or without sleeves) in plain colors such as black or white. You can also add contrast by mixing it up with a crochet top

Thai Pants with chunky necklace

Mixing it up with crochet can be fun!

Depending on the pattern and color, you can also try a more ambitious match. If you want to be daring, you can look for a mix of tribal patterns (blouse, top, or a light jacket) with Thai pants underneath. 

Based on occasions:

  • For yoga and meditation, pair them with a fitted tank top or sports bra to allow for comfortable movement. Consider accessorizing with a headband to keep your hair out of the way.
  • If you're headed out on a vacation, opt for Thai pants with bold prints or bright colors. Pair them with sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun and add sophistication to your outfit.
  • For a bohemian look, pair your pants with a flowy blouse or tunic, and accessorize with long necklaces, beaded bracelets, and a floppy hat. Complete the look with sandals or ankle boots.

Accessories are an excellent way to enhance your outfit’s style. Here are some ideas:


  1. Jewelry: Thai necklaces are often intricate and detailed, reflecting the country's rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions. Alternatively, opt for simple earrings and necklaces or go all out for a bohemian style by using natural stones or seashells, they will look great, as will wood or silver earrings. Thick wooden bracelets or bangles can also be part of the look.
  2. Scarves: A lightweight scarf can add a burst of color and texture to your outfit. Wear it around your neck, tie it around your waist like a belt, or use it as a headwrap.
  3. Bags: Woven straw bags or colorful totes complement the relaxed feel of Thai pants. It's also a great way to add some practicality to your look, carrying all your essentials.
  4. Kimonos: Since both the Thai pants and Kimonos are quite loose and flowy, it's important to balance out the proportions with more fitted pieces. Try wearing a fitted tank top in a neutral color like black or white. This will balance out the flowy silhouette and create a more streamlined look.
  5. Anklets: The key is to choose an anklet that complements your pants in terms of colors, patterns and materials. A simple and dainty anklet will work well with pants that have intricate designs or bright colors, while a bold and chunky one can add interest to solid-colored or understated pants. Don't forget to consider the materials of both the anklet and pants to ensure that they coordinate well. There are various options to choose from such as seashells, beads, threads or silver anklets

Thi Pants with necklace

Necklaces can often work well

In the end, let yourself be guided by what feels good and comfortable. There are several ways to wear Thai pants in a hippie or bohemian style. What matters the most is to try and find matches and combinations that fit your personality and lifestyle. 


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