I knew when I came to Japan, I would have trouble finding clothes that fit so I didn’t bother to look. When I discovered my favorite store, Talbots, where I shop exclusively in the US, I was overly optimistic that I would be able to find something. I should mention that I am 5’9″ tall with an out-of-shape-swimmer-who-likes-to-eat physique. With all the dieting in the world, I still will never be a “petite”.
This means that packing properly takes on some importance because errors can’t be corrected by a quick trip to the mall. It has been warm and beautiful up until my trip home for Thanksgiving so I was lulled into thinking winter would be warm. Actually, I was advised not to bring heavy sweaters by my moving company liaison.
It is not warm.
It is Boston biting cold with the humidity. I am one day away from going to Beijing [1 degree Celsius] and I do not think Talbots online can overnight ship a winter coat for me. My alternative is to buy a Japanese men’s coat but I have enough ego to be embarrassed about it. Maybe they have big people sizes in Beijing.
Nonetheless, I am very excited for a 2 week trip to my bucket list cities starting tomorrow – Beijing, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh, and Bangkok.