March 25, 2020

Ukay-ukay VS High Street- Can You Tell?


Hey all fashionistas – let’s play a game!

My team and I recently went to a few of Cebu’s local thrift shops – “Ukay-ukay” or simply, “ukay” as its popularly called in the country and thought we’d share the experience with you guys!

The idea of ukay (for those who doesn’t know it yet) is basically to search (or scavenge lol) upon racks of pre-loved clothing. I hear most of the clothes are brought in from other countries- which is probably why there are so many brands in the pile that you can’t find in the Philippines. It’s like a great treasure hunt!

I remember how I used to visit thrift shops a lot in Manila, back when I was in college. It’s hard to come up interesting pieces on a student budget, and since we didn’t have a uniform where I studied- everyday was an opportunity for fashion! Thrift shopping was the only way to get what I needed. I’m sure a lot of you have done this too. Yes?

If you’re patient enough inside a thrift shop, you’ll eventually find clothes that are so good- they look brand new and expensive. I managed to score a few gorgeous ones on my recent visit!

And so we realized, why don’t we mess with you a bit… lol

I picked up some of my best ukay finds and placed them beside a few high street pieces from my own closet.

Can you tell which is which?

Let the games begin!

Brunch with the gals. Going for a classic Sunday look with these two pieces – classically priceless, but which is from the thrift shop?


Casual Neutral Days. Rocking an everyday look that spells P-O-L-I-S-H-E-D. Which one comes with a price tag?


Granny not-Granny Look. Vintage is a look that can be sooo chic, and it’s best to find legit vintage pieces from the thrift shop. Which look hails from the treasure hunt?


Glam and Cocktails. Tonight-we-party-look! Which eye-catching piece is from the thrift shop?


Date Night. Going out with hubs and dressing up as a real fancy. Which ensemble came with a price?


Done guessing? Find out if you got 5 out of 5 right by watch the video below! 

34 Responses

  1. My guess before watching the video:
    1. Ukay is the 2nd photo.
    2. 2nd photo
    3. 2nd photo again? This is so hard omg
    4. 1st one?
    5. 1st

    I REALLY DONT KNOW, kasi sabi nila nasa nagdadala raw talaga! Pwera biro, this is a fact!! People wouldnt look at the back of your clothes to see if they’re legit, wala namang history na naka-display when you walk around with your clothes kaya it really depends on how you bring it eh hehe. Love you Kryz <33

  2. Such a helpful article. Just goes to show that you need not spend a fortune to look fashionable. I’m impressed as well with the keen eye you had at finding those pieces sa ukay ukay. Great eye for fashion k tlga!

  3. My guesses would be 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st and 2nd for the high street pieces. But it’s really hard to tell! You style them so well 😭

  4. omggg i guessed it all right!! u are so stylish ate kryzzz!!! been watching you for quite a time and i always adore u and kuya slater ❤️ i always see u in ayala too, and surprisingly im taller than you!! u look way smaller in person hehehe

  5. I would like to ask which ukay ukay store is this from?

    And by the way, i only guessed 1/5 correctly. Dili jod siya ma klaro nga ukay-ukay and it’s probably (not probably, but definetly) gwapa na daan si Kryz Uy-Young and she’s classy. She can slay whatever outfit.

  6. Got 5 out of 5! Ha! (Surprised myself too! Lol) Only bec I seem to have seen so much of you on ig stories/fee and youtube that I have recognised a shirt/jacket/skirt from your choices that it was easy to tell the HS look from the Thrifted one! Yeeewww!

  7. Got it all right! Haha I guess it helped that I also go to ukay sometimes. They offer pieces that you can’t really find at stores nowadays. It all looks good on you 😃

  8. Omgee.. Naperfect nako! Why? Does this mean mailhan jud ang mga ukay2 outfits from the non-ukay2?? Ako na!! 😬😬

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