TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Buying Clothes

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Where do you usually shop for clothes? Have you ever purchased clothes in a foreign country? Was it difficult to find the right size? Korea can be a shopping paradise for some, as there are cheap markets all over the place. However, for others it can be a nightmare, as finding the right size can be very difficult.  In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Charly (charlycheer), Stephanie and Hyojin talk about buying clothes. Enjoy!

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TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Buying Clothes
  • Karl

    As a 195cm tall, slim guy, how hard will it be to find clothes that fit me? It sounds like the clothes are wider the longer they are, which is problematic. Should I thus bring a lot of clothes or be prepared to do online shopping?

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is easy to find people wearing slim clothes on the street. I guess there will be many options if you go to Dongdaemun market.

  • kaiweasley

    My sister has to keep shushing me because I keep laughing out loud at your discussion! I’m an average-sized Filipino which means I’m tiny! Haha! My sister-in-law bought me a dress online and it was so different from the model — it was hilarious! However, I like buying (other) clothes in Korea in thrift shops and subway stalls like Charly. My problem is buying shoes because I think I’m a 225.

    • Seokjin Jin

      I was afraid to buy clothes through online but I have never been disappointed from the product. Maybe my expectation was really low. 🙂 Is it hard to buy the size of shoes in Korea or in the Philippines?

    • kaiweasley

      I find it hard to buy shoes in Korea. When I go to Myeongdong, the smallest is usually 1 size larger than what I need. One time I ended up buying a pair from the children’s section at Payless. Haha! However, I was able to successfully get a nice pair of wedges at Yeongdeungpo (I think). Maybe I should try to check my size again. I got a pair from Gangnam but they were a size too small. I’m confused now!

      As for buying in the Philippines, it’s easy to find shoes in my size. 😀

    • Julianne

      That’s really disappointing. 🙁 I’m a size 220 (US 5) and I was hoping shoe shopping would be easier when I moved to Korea. I’m American, and I can almost never find shoes. Maybe I should take a vacation in the Philippines!