Can anyone give me advice on buying men’s shorts and pants in Taiwan? I am a medium in the US, and anything from any store marked M would fit me perfectly, and I used to buy shorts and pants without even trying them on.
I know that clothing sizes here are one size smaller. By that logic, one would assume that anything marked L would fit me perfectly here. Here are the issues I run into:
At H&M, anything marked M fits me perfectly (WHAT? I thought I was a Large in Taiwan?), but I hate H&M. The most common sizes for the nice looking items are always out of stock, and when things go out of stock, they just say “too bad!” and don’t get new arrivals until the next year.
At Uniqlo, all pants marked M fit my butt and thighs perfectly, and the length is also perfect, but I can’t zip up. If I go with L, the waist fits me perfectly, but then I have a ton of extra fabric hanging off my butt and thighs, and the pant legs are too long.
Any shorts I buy from any store (except at H&M) seem to have extra fabric on the inner thigh area (or maybe not enough length?) causing the pant legs to flare inwards, and flap around and slap each other when I walk.
Any shorts I buy that are L (except at H&M) are too long and go past the knee, but any shorts I buy that are M are the perfect length but too tight around the waist.
I haven’t tried Zara or GU, as I don’t like their styles.
Where do most Western men here buy their shorts and pants? Price and quality don’t matter. At this point I’d be happy to just find some that fit me without going to the tailor (I shop way too often to be spending extra time at the tailor shop).
Thanks for the reply. NET has been recommended to me buy a few Taiwanese friends but I haven’t tried it yet. I briefly looked online and it seems they only sell slim/skinny fit pants which are out of style now. But I will go to the store and check it out.
Thanks for the recommendation on Giordano! I never shopped there before because I didn’t want to support Jimmy Lai and his fake news empire, but I guess now that he’s in prison it doesn’t matter anymore. I’ll give it a go.
If you know your sizes and favorite US brands, you can buy on Amazon, free shipping to TW above 60 USD , takes about 2 weeks. You can buy 3 or 4 pairs of pants and shorts at once and reach 60 USD easily.
Other than that the other suggestions here are good - the last pairs of pants i bought were Amazon, Net and Costco.
I either wait until I’m back in the US to buy from a store or I have a tailor make them for me here. Buying from stores here just doesn’t work for pants or shirts. Besides the size issues, the cut is all janky and wrong, as you’ve noticed.