What not to wear

13 Jun

It’s funny how each country has its own sartorial foibles. Aussie blokes are usually found sorting a singlet and thongs, Lao ladies wear beautiful embroidered silk sarongs, Hawaiians of course have their shirts. We’ve only been in Vietnam a short time, but I’ve been very taken by the ladies’ fashions. Almost everyone over the age of about twenty five wears pyjamas, all the time. Flowery, animal print, stripes, swirls, in more colours than Picasso ever dreamed of, all rendered in practical drip dry fabric, top always matching bottom. Don’t forget to top it with a motorcycle helmet or conical hat. It’s stylish, practical and comfortable, what more could you possibly want?


9 Responses to “What not to wear”

  1. Stephanie 17/06/2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Here in India the motorcycles are fitted with sari guards, to keep all the beautiful skirts and scarves from getting tangled in the bike. There’s something so pretty and striking about a poised, confident woman speeding along, skirts waving in the wind.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 18/06/2011 at 10:29 am #

      Sari guards! I love it!

  2. Sarah V. 17/06/2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Very fascinating! What do the younger folks wear?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 18/06/2011 at 10:30 am #

      Some wear western clothes, but plenty of them wear pyjamas too.

  3. Sonja 18/06/2011 at 3:07 am #

    Boy, have they got the right idea! I’d be in heaven wearing PJs all day long.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 18/06/2011 at 10:35 am #

      They’re very sensible, aren’t they?

  4. Bridget Smith 18/06/2011 at 4:56 am #

    So tempting to hang out in my PJ’s seems to be the trend among teenagers in the states, but don’t know if a thirty plus year old could get away with it. I’m glad you’re enjoying your journey!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 18/06/2011 at 10:34 am #

      Thank you, there’s always something interesting.


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