The problem is, that despite having numerous silk trousers in myriad hues, none of them go with this top....even black ones dont look right...all the combinations I have tried make me look like I got dressed in the dark...LOL
So...I have been around all the markets, trying to find a pair of trousers in the same red...
You can buy maroon, plum, purpley red....every shade of red, except blood/fire engine red !
But that is not the strangest part of this......every time I showed them the colour I wanted, I got an odd reaction...
They either looked horrified, or went pink with embarrassment....& gave me the Vietnamese hand waggle...."no no no" or "go away"...take your pick...WTF????
I cornered Hanh tonight, presented her with the situation, expecting an answer...she went into a paroxym of shuffling feet, downcast eyes, & throat clearing...again, WTF?
She kept looking toward her parents & making shushing gestures at me (as neither of them have more than the most basic English, it seemed a bit silly, but I guess her uncomfortable body language might have alerted them to wanting to know what we were talking about...)
so...we strolled off down the alley, to talk in private...
After a lot of embarrassed giggling, she finally said that colour red trousers were inappropriate, for men to see...What? Why?
Apparently, it would make them think of menstrual blood....something men are not supposed to be exposed to...its shameful!
Have you ever heard anything so silly in all your life?????
So...its back to the drawing board!