Shopping for clothes here-totally frustrating!

Discuss about food, eating places, shopping centres, clubs, pubs, massage, sports, travel & holidays. Share tips on best place to chill, party, relax or travel destinations.
Post Reply
User avatar
intellectualsmuse
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 332
Joined: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 2:32 am

Shopping for clothes here-totally frustrating!

Post by intellectualsmuse » Sun, 07 Mar 2010 9:12 am

I've had the most terrible time trying to shop for clothes here! You really need to be a carpenter's dream to fit into anything.

I've been told I'd have a better time if I shopped at Marks and Spencer. Any other suggestions from expats would be helpful! Thanks.
For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.

steff77
Regular
Regular
Posts: 81
Joined: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 2:11 pm
Location: Singapore

Re: Shopping for clothes here-totally frustrating!

Post by steff77 » Mon, 08 Mar 2010 12:13 pm

Hi, if you don't have the shape of a 12 year old girl, you may be most satisfied with the europoean / US-brands like Marks & Spencers, Esprit, Mango, Zara, Guess or GAP. But even this is a bit disappointing sometimes. 2 weeks ago I tried on a dress at Esprit, which didn't fit. The sales girl looked at me and told me: "Yes, I believe you it doesn't fit, as you have a very big body." I wear size 38, which isn't too big I think. She couldn't even understand why I lost the mood of trying on something else and left the shop. I won't go back there too soon....

User avatar
QRM
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1831
Joined: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 5:23 pm
Location: Nassim hill

Post by QRM » Mon, 08 Mar 2010 12:43 pm

The beauty of living out here you can get most things tailor made, find a good tailor/ seamstress take a picture of a dress you like and they will cobble it together in a week.

User avatar
intellectualsmuse
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 332
Joined: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 2:32 am

Post by intellectualsmuse » Mon, 08 Mar 2010 1:36 pm

I just figured out that as and when I do manage to find a job and need a new wardrobe, it would actually work out cheaper for me to fly to India and pick up the best brands than to try and put it all together here! Not to mention that I'd be happier with the fit.

@Steff 77: Tell me about it-my birthday's coming up and I was like really excited about shopping here-but the shopping experience left me pissed to say the least and totally messed my day up. I'm not going back for sure. I think Singapore is a great place to buy electronics and other such, but when it comes to clothes I'd advise people to get their stuff from home.
For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.

User avatar
QRM
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1831
Joined: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 5:23 pm
Location: Nassim hill

Post by QRM » Mon, 08 Mar 2010 3:26 pm

intellectualsmuse wrote: I think Singapore is a great place to buy electronics and other such,
Not really just been doing some checks on the internet, you can get stuff alot cheaper in the US, even UK is cheap with the low pound its even better if you can get the UK VAT back.

User avatar
aster
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1599
Joined: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:15 pm

Re: Shopping for clothes here-totally frustrating!

Post by aster » Mon, 08 Mar 2010 8:22 pm

intellectualsmuse wrote:I've had the most terrible time trying to shop for clothes here! You really need to be a carpenter's dream to fit into anything.

I've been told I'd have a better time if I shopped at Marks and Spencer. Any other suggestions from expats would be helpful! Thanks.
M&S is always a safe bet in any country, regardless of whether you're in the UK, Malta or Poland. Can't go wrong with them. :)

You might also want to give some of the other department stores a look, like John Little or Robinsons.

I know my lady also likes to dig through the stuff at This Fashion, presumably a local brand.

xaria
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 12
Joined: Sat, 04 Jul 2009 12:43 pm

Post by xaria » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 3:22 pm

If you are looking for office wear you can try Iora, G2000, Mango.
Also dig through the small little boutique shops.
It's not easy to find clothes here but it's not so difficult either.

rockangelx
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 7:12 pm

Post by rockangelx » Sun, 21 Mar 2010 2:44 pm

try online shopping :)

missis
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 194
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:37 pm
Location: Holland Road/6th Ave

Western fit

Post by missis » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 8:29 am

Monsoon at Metro in the Paragon has UK sizes up to 18 I believe. It is annoying though. Another thing is that a lot of brands (in particular sporty ones like Lacoste) cut their clothes to "Asian fit" (sic) - doesn't allow for the slightest curve.

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 39321
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 1:26 pm
Answers: 9
Location: Retired on the Little Red Dot

Re: Western fit

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 9:34 am

missis wrote:Monsoon at Metro in the Paragon has UK sizes up to 18 I believe. It is annoying though. Another thing is that a lot of brands (in particular sporty ones like Lacoste) cut their clothes to "Asian fit" (sic) - doesn't allow for the slightest curve.
Good example of this is Levi's! :mad:

Almost all the Levi's in the Levi's shops here are made in China or the Philippines and they are cut for the Asian body build. They seem to forget that western & Indian girls at least have "butts" and the mens' Jeans are all cut like cheap hotels! :x

So, I buy all my 501 Levi's from American Jeans online for the equivalent SGD$67~$77 per pair (including shipping!) Here in Singers, they have limited sizes AND are cut too small. If you are a woman here and are over 5'7" you will also have a problem if you are one of the lucky girls with long legs that go from the floor all the way to heaven! :P And we won't even begin to talk about foundation garments......
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

User avatar
nakatago
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 8342
Joined: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 11:23 pm
Location: Sister Margaret’s School for Wayward Children

Post by nakatago » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 9:42 am

With the number of non-Asians living here and being touted as a shopping country, I find it funny that shopping for clothes is the way it is right now. BTW, I'm Asian with a non-Asian build, so yeah.

User avatar
aster
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1599
Joined: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:15 pm

Re: Western fit

Post by aster » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:55 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Almost all the Levi's in the Levi's shops here are made in China or the Philippines and they are cut for the Asian body build.
Yeah, I found that out when they had a good promo for polo shirts, I tried on the biggest size they carry and it was still way too tight. After that I didn't even bother trying on any jeans... :)

User avatar
Du-scheißt-nie-mehr
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 2:49 pm

Re: Shopping for clothes here-totally frustrating!

Post by Du-scheißt-nie-mehr » Sun, 11 Apr 2010 3:11 pm

intellectualsmuse wrote:I've had the most terrible time trying to shop for clothes here! You really need to be a carpenter's dream to fit into anything.

I've been told I'd have a better time if I shopped at Marks and Spencer. Any other suggestions from expats would be helpful! Thanks.
I feel your pain m'dear. I'm a US size 10, and most of the ladies' clothes here are meant for a size 0 - size 6 lady. But you can't go wrong with M&S. My family and I are all Caucasian-built, so we have trouble finding clothes. M&S does the job though, ohne Zweifel.

User avatar
Loops
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 238
Joined: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 3:57 pm

Post by Loops » Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:07 pm

I shop at M&S, Dorothy Perkins, Monsoon (when they've got a sale on!) and occasionally New Look if they've got anything in that's not made for a 15 year old :?

The Per Una range in M&S is OK, not as frumpy as some of the other stuff - if they've got a sale on they're worth checking out. Weelock Place and Centrepoint seem to be the stores which have the best sale clothes, but I reckon they ship them over here to sell because I've seen stuff here that was in the UK a few years ago.

If you're smaller than a UK 14 you should be able to shop at Warehouse too.

I'm not sure where big people here do their shopping because I've seen some women out in the heartlands with jeans that would fit two of me in (and I'm not a small person!)

Oh, and they've got Principals in Robinsons at Centrepoint too - a small range but their clothes are sometimes quite nice.

OG is worth having a look in too, loads of different collections in there, some frumpy, some not so bad and lots of their swimwear is cheaper than the Aussie specialist shops.

gillianc
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 1:11 pm
Location: Singapore

Post by gillianc » Thu, 15 Apr 2010 12:56 pm

Hi, yes i agree M&S is great! actually shopping online for stuff like GAP and F21 are cheaper than stores in Singapore. But if you're looking for workwear, G200 has quite an affordable range too.or just tailor it! cheaper at chinatown or far east plaza! but nothing beats bangkok prices!

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Entertainment, Leisure & Sports”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests