The Asian Look

Fashion in China is very interesting to me. Hohhot has some average western clothes stores, but even these have an asian-like influence about them. Some examples of what Chinese women and men find fashionable:

-Bedazzling. You can’t buy a pair of shoes or boots here without jewels or rhinestones pasted onto the rim or up the side, so that your feet glitter while you walk. This is probably a strategy for Chinese people to find their friends through the pollution and smog of China.

-Mickey Mouse brand. You’d think it would be Hello Kitty, and indeed Ms Kitty is very popular, but I see more Mickey Mouse on t-shirts, shoes, backpacks and vests then the worlds third most famous cat.

-Bright colours (for MEN!). Fluorescents of all colours, of all mixtures! Bright orange t-shirt with bright yellow pants and bright red shoes with a bright green jacket! Like the sun.

-Scrunchies. Not just an 80s/90s staple. They are very much the 21st century in China.

-Extremely high heels. They wear them to work with children, they wear them to go shopping, they wear them to pick up their children from school, they wear them to walk down the street… My Aunt Joan always said “Beauty is pain!” but this is ridiculous.

-Fake glasses. The bigger the better. They have glass and everything, but they aren’t prescription so it’s like looking through a window. I actually just obtained a pair by taking them off a Chinese man at the bar yesterday to wear and accidentally taking them home with me.

So there you have it, some key accessories you need in order to walk the walk of a Chinese person.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lori
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 12:12:05

    wow my kid must be part chinese. The more bling the better. #1 thing on Xmas list is fake glasses.


  2. Sara
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 21:56:44

    It’s safe to say that I would not be able to purchase any shoes there. Jewels? No. Super high heels? No.

    I like these blogs that talk about Chinese culture and pop culture. They are very interesting and help to paint the pictures of your stories just a little bit more

    Miss you!


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