Friday, 15 July 2011
We saw some pretty cool t-shirts the other day. I like this one that says, "Now available in happy!" and the other shirt in a dark, brooding color with a quote from Poe's Raven. The bottom of the shirt says, "And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door."
I wanted to buy the Raven shirt. I am an American size XL. I'm 6 feet tall and I have a 43 inch chest. Typically European t-shirts are a size smaller than their equally-labelled American counterparts. That means if you pick up a Size XL in Ireland, it will fit like an American Size L. The shirt pictured above with the raven on it came from a trendy-and-sort-of-hipster store. When I tried it on I looked like a complete dork; not only was the shirt 1 size too small but it had a low neck and girly "capped sleeves". What is it with hipsters anyway? This cross-dressing stuff is weird. All I needed was tight-fitting-jeans and Buddy Holly glasses and I'd look like a sales associate at American Apparel. Now where did I park my fixie?
(Aaargh!) Pardon me. Hipsters sometimes make me scream. Moving on, we decided to look at jeans. This is what floors me. The price of Levis in Europe is outrageous. I just checked out the Macy's web site, (for those of you who aren't American, Macy's is a famous department store.) As usual, Macy's is having a White Flower Day sale and Levis 501's are $39.99.
Same jeans in Europe: €110. At today's exchange rate that comes out to: $155. That's nearly four pairs in California for the price of 1 pair in Ireland. Holy blue jeans, Batman!