Typical daily clothing in Taichung is quite similar to its Western counterparts. While the weather in Taichung can be unpredictable in most times, you can always adjust your clothing preferences to suit the changing climate. In general, Taiwanese tend to dress conservatively and modestly. Travelers can simply pack a few simple and not overly bold clothes for their trip. It is even suggested to pack few clothes, as there are limitless shopping opportunities in the Cultural City, selling quality and stylish clothes at reasonable prices.
When deciding on what to wear in Taichung, better sort it based on the general climate of your scheduled trip. During April to November, lightweight and cotton-made summer clothing is the most recommended. Due to the warm humid weather, breathable clothing made from natural fibers are preferred over synthetic fibers.
If you plan to travel within December to March, bring moderately warm jackets and sweaters as protection during winter. Ski jackets, windbreakers or heavy wool jackets are not needed, unless you plan on traveling to Taipei. Most houses and apartments do not have a centralized heating system because it generally is not needed. While winter lows do not fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the dampness from high humidity levels tends to make the general weather much colder. Similarly, the humidity can make summer temperature unpleasantly hot and uncomfortable. As such, always bring clothes for both possibilities, especially given the unpredictability of global climates nowadays.
Although it takes a bit of a hunt to look for Western clothes in Taichung, there are still a number of clothing shops in the city for both men and women that sell Western-size clothing items. Ready-to-wear clothes for Size 8 to 10 women can be found easily although the fashion won’t always be suitable for Western tastes. Prices of clothes can be expensive in shopping malls and fashion boutiques, but if you go to night markets or watch for sales, you can always find great bargains.
Large clothes sizes are found only in a few stores, and while the prices are good, the variety can be limited and availability is not consistent. In addition, be sure to bring plenty of undergarments such as lingerie and brassier as sizes and styles can also be extremely limited.
If you plan on visiting the mountains in Taichung County, you better bring thick clothes with you as the weather can be quite chilly. While the city does not experience much rain, typhoons still come as well as occasional rainfall. With this, bringing an umbrella when leaving the hotel is recommended. You can also layer your clothes so you can add or take off layers depending on the present weather.
Moreover, bring your own shoes, particularly if you plan to do hiking or cycling in Taichung. Ready-made shoes do not always fit well and shoes bigger than size 7 for women and size 9 for men can be difficult to locate. Some of the popular sports shoes available include Nike, Adidas, etc. Bring warm slippers during winter and sandals when getting around.
Overall, the rule of thumb on what to wear in Taichung is that casual clothing is comfortable. While most youth follow bright fashion sense, a simple T-shirt and jeans or shorts can be enough to keep you going when getting around the city.