Thursday, 12 November, 2015 - 06:33

Western style in the East

by DaisyB

So anyone who knows me knows that I don’t particularly follow fashion trends. I’m perfectly content in jeans and an old hoodie, paired with a pair of classic Converse. I like simple clothes that all match so I can sleep more in the morning rather than spending time putting an outfit together. To be honest I’d rather spend my money on travelling somewhere or treating myself to a meal with friends than buying designer clothes. So when I found out I was going to live in China for a year, I didn’t give much thought to the choice of shops. I’d managed without Primark for a year in Australia, why would China be any different?

Since arriving in China I haven’t had to buy many new clothes (thanks to the 30kg of luggage I brought with me!) The past few weeks however, the temperature has plummeted drastically, and after a misunderstanding with my leather jacket at Halloween, I found myself coatless in very cold weather. Naturally, I ventured out to buy a coat, but wanting to challenge myself I thought I’d try a Chinese shopping centre rather than the Western style mall. It did not go to plan. Alongside the expected difficulties I had with the sizes (Chinese women are much smaller than I am) I really struggled to find a coat I liked enough to try. They just weren’t my style, and I didn’t even know I had any style!

After a fruitless couple of hours, I caved in and went to the Western shopping centre to slightly more familiar territory. After being annoyed at the prices and thinking about what else I could buy with the money, I eventually bought a winter coat which should hopefully last me through the Chinese winter.

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Do you like to follow fashion? What sort of coats or jackets do you usually choose? 

Submitted by hermione123 on Tue, 07/06/2021 - 12:45

I've been there too. I'm asian, and I'm small compared to my friends. I sometimes have difficulties when i buy western clothing brand online. They're so big! It doesn't fit right with me.
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Submitted by empty on Tue, 07/23/2019 - 07:47

The article was nice , It made me read the text carefully . I'm not a fashion person either .
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