I’m extremely excited about my upcoming elective to Vietnam. While I’m there, I might as well, you know, immerse myself in local culture. This will of course include a visit to the world of made-to-order clothing. Internet research has informed me that this will either be a really really good experience, or a really really bad one. To make sure I get the former and not the latter, I’ve formed a game plan for myself:
- Bring pictures. Especially with the language barrier this will be the key step.
- Be specific with seams, hems, neckline, sleeves and zips. Create no room for creative license, ie. be a super respectful, smiling tyrant.
- Aim for simple sillouettes. Nothing schmancy so they can concentrate on quality and fit.
- Choose high quality materials. All these years trawling through Spotlight has taught me one thing, quality unfortunately goes hand in hand with price. This is the part which will be the most expensive.
- Give them time. This isn’t Project Runway.
Above are dresses which I hope to have soon without the price tag. They are perfect candidates for me: simple sillouette, not body-hugging (less fittings) and quality material. If the price is right I’ll get two. Or three.