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Post by intellectualsmuse » Wed, 28 Apr 2010 9:34 pm

Just for the record, I bought my entire work wardrobe from M&S. I'm quite happy with the fit although would've liked more variety in the shirts.
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Post by iRoar » Fri, 07 May 2010 11:24 pm

I had the same problem when I first arrived in Singapore, I only brought a couple of stuff with me so I had to buy new clothes.

Went to M&S, sizes are either too big and too long, or way too tight. Sucks being in between sizes and apparently way too short at 5'7 :lol:

I'm back in my home country right now, and I'm definitely doing my clothes shopping here. Cheaper too :wink:

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Post by KittyJules76 » Sat, 08 May 2010 12:01 pm

I am asian with 5'8" and UK size 12. Dorothy Perkins, Espirit, Zara, Forever 21, Promod works for me. G2000 seems ok at first but the fabric is definately not so cool after washing out 4 or 5 times. I think Veeko/Wanko (local or hong kong brand) if you can forget about the color awkwardness also not bad. Iora also ok. Last month when my bf and myself went to this UniQlo (sorry about the spelling). It's frustrating when your bf can easily find a jean of his size but I cant (the shop assistant said they dont have that size and I can try and look in guy section if I want) Wot!!! :mad:

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Post by QRM » Sat, 08 May 2010 12:15 pm

If you are a medium to small size build its even better going to the US or US websites where you can buy children size version of adult clothes, which are considerably cheaper than the grown up equivalent.

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Post by missyhearts » Sat, 29 May 2010 5:33 pm

Choice for lingerie is so limited for anything above C-cup. Where do you get yours from?

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Post by poodlek » Sat, 29 May 2010 8:24 pm

missyhearts wrote:Choice for lingerie is so limited for anything above C-cup. Where do you get yours from?
I've found some selection at La Senza...it's a Canadian company much like Victoria's secret. The helpful thing about their store is each bra model has a tag on it that shows the range of sizes it comes in. They have up to E cup on certain styles, but not many...I have a hard time finding my proper size here, and even have had sales girls tell me I can use a different size--I don't think so! La Senza people will usually help you find the size you need and even offer to measure you so you get the proper fit if you're not sure. This is starting to sound like a plug so I'd better quit while I'm ahead (of the moderator :-D)

As for curvy-girl clothes (at 135lbs I'm no plus size, but I seem to be considered an XL here) I found some beautiful clothes in a nice range of sizes at Island Shop in Paragon today. It wasn't super cheap but I was happy with what I found. Trendy and feminine and actually fit in the bust and the hips.

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Post by intellectualsmuse » Sun, 30 May 2010 11:08 am

missyhearts wrote:Choice for lingerie is so limited for anything above C-cup. Where do you get yours from?
I got mine from home and I'm glad I did. Everything here is padded to the hilt or just doesn't fit right. I think women should stock up on foundation garments before they land here-just my personal opinion.
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Post by Melasony » Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:30 pm

I don't know if it's just me,
but I think the cuts for most clothes here, no matter what " european " or " american " sizes they claim that they are. they seem to be tailored specifically for " small/asian " built or there is just something about it..

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:57 pm

Melasony wrote:I don't know if it's just me,
but I think the cuts for most clothes here, no matter what " european " or " american " sizes they claim that they are. they seem to be tailored specifically for " small/asian " built or there is just something about it..
That's it exactly. Take Levi's for instance. In the US, Levi's are made in the US, Mexico or Dominican Republic. However, if you go into the Levi's shops here, and look and the place of manufacture you will see that they are either Hong Kong or the Philippines. And they ARE cut for Asian body builds. Men's Levi's are all cut like cheap hotels. I cannot wear them even though I'm shorter than most Asian males. Women 5'7" tall or better have it just as bad.
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Post by naughtbutwyn » Sun, 20 Jun 2010 4:30 pm

missyhearts wrote:Choice for lingerie is so limited for anything above C-cup. Where do you get yours from?
I've got problems buying clothes and shoes in Singapore too! For lingerie, I normally stick to the more expensive Triumph lines (which you can get either at their own stores or in Robinsons/John Little). I've used the cheaper ones before and they really don't give much support and they make you look, well, bad. I know that M&S carry sizes above C-cup too, but I've not bought mine there before. I'm a creature of habit and tend to stick to my favourite brands. :) Oh, and if you're looking for sports bras? I've only ever found one brand that carries D and above, and it isn't anywhere near cheap.

For jeans and trousers, I've given up trying to get them from anywhere other than M&S. Unfortunately, I don't have the typical Asian build and I've got pretty long legs (in comparison). Everytime I get one that's the right size, the trouser leg ends above my ankles! The only ones I've found that fit are the 'long' fitted ones from M&S.

Does anyone know where I can get blouses meant for women who are more curvey? Most of those that I can find are either too small around the chest (and I have to get one size bigger which looks like I'm wearing a tent), or if they fit, then the buttons don't seal well and you can literally see inside the blouse from the side! At the moment I'm using clothing pins to keep my blouse shut from the inside, but it is rather irritating.

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Post by Red Earth » Sun, 20 Jun 2010 8:38 pm

QRM wrote: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.
Hey, I'm trying to find a good tailor who can do a dress from a picture, but not cost the earth...any in particular that you'd recommend?

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Post by QRM » Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:41 pm

I suppose cost is all relative, Wife always use Mode-o-Day in tangling shopping centre, they are not cheap, I know some of the labour intensive dresses they make cost 3000 plus. So far she has always been happy with them.

If cost is bit more of an issue there is a seamstress on one of the upper floors of far east plaza (the next to the hilton) I have only used her to make silk duvet covers so can't comment on her dress making skills, but judging from the rails full of dresses she must be doing something right.

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Post by germangirl » Tue, 29 Jun 2010 9:36 pm

I do most of my shopping in M&S and Robinsons too and tend to find stuff that fits (more or less)... usually I can get one pair of work trousers out of 5 that i try... but I tend to go home to Europe once a year and spent a lot of money there just to fill up my wardrobe for the year ;-) no better excuse for shopping, eh?

but yeah, the sizes here are different, the cuts are different... as for underwear, i find bra's are "easy" (well, considering the difficulties with other stuff)... but knickers just never seem to fit me (having curves)...

I've heard about some shops that sell upsize (up to xxxl) but it's all in the East and places I never really go to... wish there was something more central.
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plus size shop at Far East Plaza

Post by cheekymama » Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:06 am

There is a plus size shop on the 4th floor of Far East Plaza called Kaylene which was previously called Lavender Closet. Her shop is next to the famed Johnny 2 Thumbs.

They carry clothing up to a size US 28 or US 3XL and they have a range of mainly casual and casual smart clothes and some office wear as well. She also carries evening gowns in the larger sizes too.

I am a size UK 20/ US 18 and I have gotten some dresses from her. She imports some of her designs and she also designs her own collections too. She occasionally brings in bras but they go pretty fast.

I have sent many clients to her and they all have been pretty happy with her clothes so far.

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Post by vivienshoshanna » Tue, 27 Jul 2010 1:11 pm

rockangelx wrote:try online shopping :)
that would be great, but don't you think that it would be hard to see if the sizes of the clothes would fit to the buyer, perfectly.

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