Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal of my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.
What I was up to other than here:
- I am wrapping up my time in the UK this weekend which is quite sad because it’s been great hanging out with Arielle. I do need to get back to Goa and the pets, though plus catch up on work!
- I have so much more to share from our time in England and Dublin!
Now your story,
I don’t know how I haven’t written about this until now! This is something that if you’re from the USA you’ll be surprised, but not so much if you are from the UK.
Ben is headed to LA for work and owns basically no clothes except swim trunks (boardies) so we went to the Goa Mall for jeans. Jeans in India are almost always super slim skinny jeans with loads of lycra. They are tailored differently than jeans in the USA. Indian men like SKINNY jeans. They put a stitch in that kind of wraps around the front of the calf and makes them look kind of feminine.
Ben wasn’t stoked.
He’s more into real denim, no lycra, sort of baggy straight jeans. So, we went into “Pepe Jeans” even though it looked like it would be horrible, there was one pair of straight jeans that weren’t that bad. Ben tried them on and they were REALLY long. The shop guy was like “don’t worry I’ll cut them”.
And then I remembered I never told you guys that in India, when you buy Jeans, they always tailor them for free! From Levi’s to Lees, Tommy Hilfiger, you name it. You pay, leave them and come back in 15 minutes. They measure you and cut them to the right length.
Often, they only have in stock the longest ever jeans so you don’t even have a choice but to get them tailored. I think in the USA, it would cost about $20 or more to get jeans tailored to fit.
This might not be surprising to UK folk, as when I was in London recently the Levi’s store had a tailor in there cutting the length on jeans for people (for free!). They only have the longest factory set length, too. So you had to get them tailored. Crazy town!
Do they do this in your country, too?