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Jet Metier tries on a dress in Puebla from Chipas – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAlthough I've only been out to the coast between Manzanillo and Mazatlán, and here in Chapala and Ajijic, I would say the cost of clothes in Mexico is about the same as it is in Canada. Clothing in the US is much better priced than in Mexico and has way more variety. 
 
I buy my clothes all over the place. If I'm going somewhere and I need a dress shirt, I'll get it here in Mexico. If I'm already in Canada or the US and I see some nice dress shirts and I know I'm going to need one, I'll buy it while I'm there. My wife goes to the US a lot, so sometimes I'm with her, and sometimes I go to Canada.
 
The quality of clothing is typically higher up North. Also, you're more likely to get a sale on something. If you want to just shop for sales you know when they are; the long weekends, the holiday sales, the off-season sales. In Mexico, it doesn't seem to matter. It's the same price all the time.
 
There is also Walmart here in Chapala and Ajijic that looks to be very similar to the Walmart in Canada, relative to the types of clothes and prices. In Chapala and Ajijic, there are not enough people to have high-end malls, but they have high-end malls in Guadalajara with high-end products and prices similar to the malls in the United States, like luxury brands.
 
 
There are also some mid-range department stores in Mexico such as Sears and Fábricas de Francia. The mid-range boutiques maybe are a little bit less prevalent. For example, I don't think there are any Gaps in Mexico or anything similar.
 
(Pictured: Jet Metier tries on a dress in Puebla from Chiapas.  To see the YouTube, click here.)
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Clothes sold in open air market Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI do not know the cost of clothing in Mexico because I do not buy clothes here.
 
For one thing, it is hard to get my size because the stores here basically cater to the locals. The locals are shorter and smaller. I’m 6’2 and 240 pounds. I do notice that when I get tennis shoes here, they do not even have close to what I want and the prices are too high, so I do my shopping for clothes and tennis shoes in the US. I think certain items are priced higher in Mexico than in the US.  They don’t take US dollars here. It’s strictly pesos.
 
I live in Ajijic. People generally know this as the Lake Chapala area. It is a well-known expat area. The prices may be higher in the well-known expat areas and the resort areas as compared to the other parts of Mexico. There are Canadians who come seasonally to Ajijic, so they don’t stay all year. They go back to Canada for 3 or 4 months. There are lots of foreigners here. Because of the number of foreigners in resort areas, the prices are higher there than in other places in Mexico.  
 
(Clothes sold in open air market Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured. )

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