Cotton-On is an Australian label that sells mostly stylish basics wear for adults and kids at very reasonable prices. I knew “Cotton-On” has opened in Singapore for a while, but I ‘ve never really gotten the chance to check out the stuff, until today when I was in town for a quick while. They stock a lot of leggings, lounge wear, tank tops and tunics…they really do have some really great stuff, but what really surprised me is that they stock sizes from XS which I am always grateful for! I got 2 cardigans (pictured) in yellow and electric blue which were going at 2 for $30, and two tunic tops at $20 each which fits great and are really versatile, they can be dressed up for the office and dressed down for the weekends. Thumbs Up to Cotton On.
There’s one thing that really bothers me about shopping in Singapore , and its that I never quite understand why highstreet brands like Forever 21, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins has always been importing clothing sizes from UK size 6 onwards to Asian markets where it is a widely known fact that Asian girls tend to be more petite in size and hence demand for smaller sizes are usually a lot higher. I know these brands usually carry sizes from XS or size 4 in their home countries, but they are not being imported to Singapore for some reasons I really don’t understand. If you can import up to size 14-16 for the niche market of plus sizes women, why not import XS for the niche group of petite women as well?
In Forever 21 especially,I’ve had so many unpleasant experiences that I’ve given up shopping in the stores all together. Firstly, the store in Wisma Atria is notorious for its unorganised settings, clothes are strewn everywhere and the racks look that it has just been through a emergency fashion rampage, clothes of different styles/colours/seasons are all lumped together within racks. Adding to that is the perpetual situation where usually the decent outfits you do manage to find in the mess are NEVER available in common sizes like S or even M, they are usually only available in L or XL by the time you get there. And we are talking about revealing halters top, miniskirts and slinky dresses sometimes…honestly how many XL sized women are actively looking to add those outfits to their wardrobe? The shop is literally littered with huge sizes nobody wants to buy.It’s honestly exasperating! What are they thinking?
If L and XL are not widely demanded sizes and are often the excess stocks left after a season shouldn’t it make economic sense to import more of the smaller sizes and less of the large sizes to Asian countries? Japan seem to understand that concept…most foreign labels carry petite sizing to cater for the petite japanese women. So why can’t we do that in Singapore?
I used to have a list of stores that I would be able to get decent clothes in my size, but in recent years they have dwindled. A particular shop got me really upset, because they used to carry XS sizes but one day decided to make the switch to selling “F” sizes clothing,presumably to make more sales and solve problems of size-related excess stocks. “F” size. “Free size”.I hate that term. When is fashion ever free sized for all? If consumers are paying decent prices for clothes, they should have the right to have clothes that fit them comfortably, give them a sense of belonging and wraps the contours of their individual bodies snugly. Why should we pay for ” one size fit all”? One size would NEVER fits all, because humans come in all shapes and sizes! I mean, come on!
Ahhh I feel so MUCH better!