Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Won't Miss #126 Clothes that don't fit right

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking this is about size and tiny Japanese women's clothes and hulking foreign women who can't squeeze their fat bodies into them. That's actually not what this is about. Even if you are a petite foreign person who can fit into Japanese sizes (which is far from a sure bet), there are other issues. One of my students works in the fashion industry and told me that the bigger problems related to selling clothing designed for one market in the other are linked to body variations. Japanese people have flatter bodies and longer torsos with shorter legs. Merely taking a tape measure and comparing your girth to the girth a pair of pants is designed to fit won't ensure a good fit because of these differences.

I won't miss not being able to go clothes shopping and finding clothes that will fit.