Shopping for Western clothing sizes can often be an exercise in futility in the capital city, with shop owners breaking into fits of raucous laughter when you ask for anything larger than an extra small! Luckily, a few shops in Hanoi cater those of more ample body proportions who don't necessarily equate haute couture with pink sequins. Check out the shops along Xuan Dieu and Ly Thai To streets for Western-style clothing with matching Western price tags.

For Western-sized, quality t-shirts check out Ginkgo at 44 Hang Be and 79 Hang Gai in Hanoi's Old Quarter. The Vietnam-based clothing shop stocks an eclectic and hip range of colourful printed t-shirts with a local design bent, some in long sleeve versions _ ideal for Hanoi's four season climate. If it's international sporting goods-branded items you seek, head to Hang Bong and browse the many namesake stores of sport clothes labels.

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