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Buying clothing in Asia

... when you're 6 feet tall
13 years ago, April 20th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #70181  
I've read plenty of posts about packing light as you can 'buy anything you need on the way'. I want to do this however I'm a little concerned with buying clothes big enough. After Thailand and Loas I will head into China, all the way up to Beijing. I have been told it will be positively FREEZING in northern China in January.

I don't want to carry winter clothes for 4 months when I will only use them for 1.

Will I have trouble buying pants/jackets/warm stuff because I'm 6" and aussie size 12??? Reply to this

13 years ago, April 20th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #70185  

I am not quite as tall as you, but I am a UK size 8-10 and I have had to buy the large size of clothes while traveling in China, where at home I would take a small size. Saying that though, I had to buy couple of fleeces in Yangshou (I had been staying in the Whitsunday Islands before heading to China, so it felt cold to me after baking in the sun!) and I found that shooping in the markets and buying the knock off designer clothes, they seemed a little larger. But the 'proper' shops, I would say the clothes are much smaller on the whole, but I think you will be fine sticking with large sizes.

My feet are a UK size 7, and I needed some new training shoes a couple of weeks ago and had to buy from the mens section as all the shops I looked in stopped at a womens UK size 5. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 20th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #70189  
My sister is around 6 feet 4 inches, so she even finds it difficult to buy clothes and shoes in Europe. One thing she does sometimes is search the mens departments to see if there is something there she could wear. Maybe you could try that in China. Most of her other clothes are mail order.

Mel Reply to this

13 years ago, April 20th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #70196  
My sisters boyfriend lived in China for a year. He is quite tall too and used to have his clothes made by a tailor. He said, despite that they measured him they never seemed to believe that he could be so tall and he still ended up with trousers flapping around just above his ankles. :D Reply to this

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