So as you might know I was a little concerned about my size and the way I would be perceived in Japan. Also I was very sure that I wouldn’t be able to buy a lot of clothes because of the size. Though I am still somewhat unsure about the first part I was definitely wrong about the other.
The magazine La Farfa, which is a fashion magazine for chubbier girls, works together with Nissen and the shop Smile Land. At smile land or respectively at the online shop Nissen, you can buy clothes up 10L, the largest size I have seen so far. So I took a look at the Nissen online store and was pleasantly surprised that they actually do have a lot of their clothes in those larger sizes. I was even happier to discover that they obviously don’t take the path of many european/german approaches of the potato-sack-cover-up fashion. The clothes are very cute and it didn’t take long until I was adding items to my virtual shopping cart.
I didn’t really think about buying anything but my husband suggested I should just try it out and return them if they don’t fit. Said and done and only three days later I was holding my package in hands. By the way, the postal service is really cool, we wanted to go out and after calling we were told the exact time the package would arrive (and it did).
I was a little concerned about one skirt that wasn’t available in the largest size like the other two I had ordered in 10L. Another item that I was very curious about was the even smaller shape wear I had ordered as well. I figured it might give me a good idea about size and possibly be helpful even if I first had to lose some weight.
It turns out I didn’t have to worry. The two 10L skirts are actually one to two sizes too big (insert shocked face here), the smaller skirt fit perfectly and even the shape wear could have been a little snugger. All in all a pleasant surprise though I did cut out the underskirt shorts of one of the skirts because they were an awful fit.
And I was so glad I didn’t order that cute dress I saw because it was only available in 6L. We went to the Smile Land Store in Shibuya and I bravely tried (for lack of availability) a 3L size of the same dress… it was too big. At least it was way to wide in the bust area and made everything look big but very very flat. What concerned me was the fact that the store clerk said this was the right size and it was better to have some room to move. This might be true in general, but I don’t think it looks flattering if you only have “wiggle room” in your bust part…
I ordered three skirts and the shape wear for 4924 Yen (including tax) but thanks to a 1500 Yen coupon only paid 3424 Yen (about 27 Euros) which really is a bargain. I’ll definitely try this again and might even be brave enough to order some pants and see how this turns out 😉
Oh, and did I tell you that they have shoes that are even two sizes larger than I need… *grabbing notebook and wallet*