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by emily on July 6, 2009
I think the word “clash” doesn’t exist in Chinese.
More huge purses… where are the guys to carry them??
Very typical. The old-fashioned dress with shoes that don’t match at all.
It’s hard to see the moccasins, but they are true leather moccasins, complete with fringe.
Maybe it’s only in the west that fishnets mean “hooker.” Bows everywhere too. A friend once asked me why Americans don’t wear bows; she observed that even on the TV shows Americans never wear cute clothes with bows. She said that even on Desperate Housewives the clothes are boring and not cute. America certainly doesn’t have the Asian “cute culture.” Check out Japan’s new ambassadors of cute!
by emily on June 11, 2009
It does make sense for the guy to carry a purse that big… Jon packs a smaller suitcase than that for trips to Beijing!
Tour groups often wear bright, long-billed matching caps.
Couples wear matching outfits.
First there were the ankle-high stockings, now we also have the knee high stockings. (In the west, we’d wear these under a long skirt with heels, instead of wearing pantyhose. Never showing the top and never with sneakers.)
by emily on June 10, 2009
The other day, Jon, Shane and I decided to sit outside and have a Corona (when it’s warm out I have a strong desire to sit in the sun and drink Corona) at a little cafe on Nanjing Lu. The spot is just perfect for people watching! I’m going to have a 3-part series on some of the fashions we observed.
This style is pretty common in Shanghai. To me, it seems a bit too frilly and old-fashioned, like either something a child or a grandma should wear. Notice the man carrying the purse.
Everyone wears black shorts and often colorful or black tights. I don’t get the colored tights, since they don’t match anything. Also, I’m used to shorts being worn by themselves. If it’s not hot enough to wear just shorts, why wear shorts then?
Red pants, green shirt and an orange, permed mullet. I have nothing more to say.
This girl dressed as a maid walked by 3 times. We were pretty curious as to why she was dressed like that. I thought maybe she was promoting one of those Japanese maid cafes?
The girl in the pink had nice coordination going on with the pink umbrella, pink shirt and skirt with gray and pink plaid. Not sure why teal tights and baby blue sneakers needed to be added!
by emily on June 9, 2009
by emily on March 15, 2009
This is probably the best post on fashion I’ve seen. Don’t miss it!!
by emily on July 24, 2008
by emily on July 20, 2008
In China, it is desirable to show that you don’t have to do physical labor for a living. For example, pale skin is very important – some girls have even said that it’s the most important thing when determining how beautiful a girl is.
Another one of these signs is long nails. Many times taxi drivers will have a very long nail on their pinky finger. Jon S. sat next to a guy on a train with very long nails, and when he fell asleep Jon took a photo! I have no idea how people can keep nails this long – mine break off as soon as they are getting a little length.
by emily on July 10, 2008
The moment was too good to miss. I don’t think Jon will ever volunteer to carry my purse. He thinks pink isn’t his color.
by emily on June 22, 2008
There were thousands of choices from probably hundreds of vendors. You can either bring your prescription or have their person test you. They also have sunglasses and contacts, though Jon is quite dubious about the quality. (Remember the tainted and recalled contact solution in the US that was manufactured in China?) Hanna was quite happy with her glasses and the price was about 1/5th of what we’d expect in the West.
by emily on June 13, 2008
I got a couple short-sleeve button down shirts. My boss called just as I was trying them on. Custom made clothing really makes you feel good about wearing it, since it fits perfectly!
(These are all photos Hanna took.)