In Taiwan, do any of you feel social pressure to dress according to the weather?
It’s around 15-20 degrees Celsius, or 50s-60s Fahrenheit in Taipei now, and I’m wearing T-shirts and shorts as always. My friends in the US wear T-shirts when the temperature is in the 60s, and that’s nothing unusual even in warm states like California. For people from colder climates, this is room temperature or even warm weather (and Canadians all say this is warm), but Taiwanese think it’s really cold.
Instead of getting congratulated for being brave and unafraid of the cold like in the US, in Taiwan people give me weird looks when I wear a T-shirt in such weather. People keep asking me if I’m cold and if I need a jacket. They make you feel like you’re not fitting in and you’re doing something wrong, or like they desperately need to do something to help you out. One random old guy even barked at me, “what kind of clothes is this? 這是什麼衣服？” My relatives keep telling me to put on a jacket, but I refuse because I’m a grown man (I don’t get why they treat guys in their mid 20s like kids).
I’m just doing something completely normal for guys from the US and Canada. But if you happen to be a warm-blooded guy from a colder climate who likes wearing T-shirts in cool weather, other Taiwanese people may make a huge fuss about it. I know it’s my own business, but I keep bumping heads with people who try to tell me how to dress.
Have any of you experienced this too?