Clothing – Buying

Buying Clothing

Trying to figure out your equivalent size when shopping overseas can present its self to be a dilemma. If you have not clearly determined your size in your home sizing measure, then that can make things more complicated.

You’ll need to consider and figure out your:
– Shoe Size
– Height
– Pant size (Hip, Length)
– Shirt Size (Shoulders, Chest, Waist, Arms)

The measurements will correspond to the appropriate clothing or shoe sizing.

Conversion tools for worldwide sizing can be found here:

Also note that there is a difference between Western Sizing and Asian Sizing. For example a Western size medium is an Asian size extra small (you’ll often find on eBay from Asian clothing sellers they list the Asian sizes – so be careful). Generally Asian sizing is two sizes smaller than western.


Electronic body measurement

Many shopping centres, retailers and tailors now have electronic body measuring machines.


Any visit to the Indian subcontinent or Asia is not complete without paying a visit the numerous tailors that are available. It’s important to do your checks and pretty much ask as many questions, until you are comfortable with the tailor you have found. You’ll need to look at the tailors past work (often they supply folders of their past clients), the choice of materials on offer and also the turnaround time of the creation of your order. Also what you can do is ask your accommodation their recommended tailor or best even you can look on the internet for customer reviews and recommendations of tailor services in the city you are in.

My advice is not to go for the 24 hour tailoring, as the quality can be lax and you won’t achieve the best fit or value for money. Usually a satisfactory processing time is 4 or more days, as the tailor will require you to come in each day for a fitting, where you can make further alterations or corrections. More fittings generally mean the tailor is after customer satisfaction rather than quick cash.

It’s best to come prepared with designs in mind – you can print off suits or clothing you like which was found off the internet. The more the better, so the tailor can get a feel of the style you are going for. Keep in mind that the tailor will ask you for the fabric quality of the garment you want to make, which will influence the price charged. In the case of men’s suit you would have basic, standard, high quality and the executive levels – in the order of cost hierarchy.

The tailor will also professionally fold your garment ready for your luggage, so it won’t crease or become damaged. What’s most useful is that if you wish to order more suits when you are back home, the tailor will have your measurements in their records under your name, so you can easily order more of the garment in different colours (although it’s always best to actual fittings – so it would need to be a well thought out choice)

For more tailoring tips and what to look for – see:


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