Kbryder wrote:Ok so,
I want to start off with, I am TALL, 6'2". I assume it would be in best interest that I buy all my clothing in the US. I wonder about short sleeved shirts though, I am really skinny for my height. Mens size M in the US are usually perfect for my width, but they are usually too short. Is it at all possible to find long(ish) and slim T-shirts in Japan? In the US the apparent standard is that if you are tall, you obviously must be wide too, so many of the long shirts I find are 2 sizes too wide for me. My torso isn't super long, so I just want to know if I can find some short sleeve shirts there before I go postal on the stores here and buy all I can in fear of finding nothing in Japan...
So, if any Tall JETs have any advise for me that would be awesome. I do plan on buying pants here, being that my legs contain most of my height. I will also buy any long sleeved shirts and jackets here too, although I do have issues here too when attempting to locate non-custom made clothing that I can fit into.
Basic question: I'm tall and Skinny, can I but T-shirts in Japan.
Bring it from home, but don't buy now... wait until you get ahold of your predecessor first. You might not be in an environment where you need dress shirt every day.
Like word said, uniqlo is a good bet, but a lot of stuff will still be too small. The polo-shirts this season were surprising in that they fit my shoulders and didn't leave me feeling like I was wearing a muumuu. Pants aren't soo much of a problem unless you've got some impressively long legs, and are quite nice as they have the in between sizes, not just 30,32. I went searching for summer jackets this season (I really dislike the humid wind... freezes me to my bones) and ended up buying a jacket just like all the work crew uniforms because that was the only one with a decent shoulder fit AND sleeve length. Everything from more "fashionable" stores was either WAY too short in the sleeves (if it fit my shoulders) or was made for a guy much wider in the middle than the shoulders.
I know many JETs don't have access to something like this, but in the "big" suit chain stores they have a pretty wide selection of shirts and tend to fit better for the arms/shoulders, however it's totally hit or miss if you will get something that fits correctly across the stomach. In my school, thankfully, it's a bit more casual than the norm and I can get away with a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up all year round. (I wear a fleece from home over my shirts in winter, like most of the staff).
I've heard good things about the vietnam run before, where you go for a few days, get measured up, and have a whole bunch of shirts made on the cheap, and pick em up on the way back to Japan
I have yet to do it, but I have heard good things.