After the windowsill-leaping escapade which left a giant rip in the hem of Hummus Girl's Chinese dress, I started to wonder: where else could I buy more Chinese clothing that's closer than, say, Guangzhou? I landed here, where I found some surprisingly low prices, especially for women's dresses.
I really wanted to purchase something for myself. I bought a dress on Shamian island...think I paid around $8 for it (gasp)...but I've never liked it. That whole shopping experience felt stressful to us--the bargaining, the pressure to find all the right souvenirs and remembrances of China, the angry, grieving baby in my arms, etc. So I wound up with a pale lavender, satiny dress. Terrible color on me, thigh-high slit, and quite frankly, just does not connote positive emotions for me. Am I putting too much pressure on that poor dress? Perhaps.
Right now you might be thinking Oh, get real. You just needed an excuse to shop!
So here's a fairly recent photo of me. This will be important later in the story.
I ordered two dresses, hoping they'd fit, nervous to buy something without being able to try it on. Had suspected maybe the dresses ran small, so I ordered two dress sizes up from what I would normally wear.
Aren't they pretty? The red one is a fine corduroy! How 'bout that? And the blue one is cotton with a bit of stretch. I like dressing up, but hate being uncomfortable. These dresses are shorter and more practical, so I can wear them more often.
I am thrilled to report that they both fit perfectly! Like they were made for me! A very pleasant surprise.
Also a surprise? This.
Can you read the tag? XXXL. Apparently, according to Chinese fashion standards, I wear an XXXL. (Take a look back at the photo of me if you need to.) I am going to try my best to find that hilariously bizarre rather than annoying, and will celebrate that I now have two new Chinese dresses that I love and will wear happily!