Hoi An is known for its inexpensive tailor shops , where the tourists spend their money on fancy suits and dresses fit to order. A souvenir to wear next summer at your niece’s wedding and say “I had it made in Vietnam.”
I had a suit made a couple of years ago when I was in Beijing. It was dumb of me to choose a suit, since I haven’t worn a suit since I left my job. So that lovely hand tailored grey suit sits in storage.
Instead, here in Vietnam, I thought I might consider duplicating a couple of pieces of travel clothing that work really well for me.
Now that we have been on the road for a while, I find myself falling back on my tried and true pieces – many of which I have had for decades and have traveled around the world with me on many trips.
I’m a big fan of linen for travel, at least when traveling in hot climates. Although it wrinkles in the suitcase, as soon as you put it on the wrinkles fall out. With me on this trip I have two long sleeve linen blouses, one short-sleeve and one sleeveless. I also have one linen dress and one linen sundress. In addition I have two pairs of drawstring cropped pants that I wear over and over and over.
I’ve been keeping my eye out in shops here for something similar I could pick up cheap. For me, however, the problem is always my “junk”. I’m endowed with a delight “full” derrière which often makes its abundant presence known when I’m
shopping for clothes.
Don’t get me wrong – I love and accept my body as it is. And in the words of Meghan Trainor “I can shake it shake it, like I’m supposed to do.”
However, off the rack clothes in teeny tiny Vietnamese sizes are just not for me in all my glory.
So instead of having something fancy made, I took
my tried and true pants and one of my loose dresses to the tailor and had them make me new ones in a different color.
My hot pink linen dress was duplicated as a sleeveless bright yellow chemise and I added a royal blue pair of drawstring pants to my collection. I expect you will see me wearing both of these items a lot in photos in the months ahead. I spent $50 to have them made.
I should mention the first tailor I went to wanted $125. I walked out. We ended up at Tâm Thu, a small shop in the heart of old town.
My son had a beautiful suit made for $85. He has a wedding to go to next fall and he had nothing to
wear. He also had a custom pair of leather shoes made for $35. He will look super “fly” at the wedding.
But for me my Fabulous Fifties Life calls for casual, loose and comfy. Not to mention practical, packable and posterior pleasing!