Dress code etiquette for professionals

Corporate dress code etiquette in asia

Dress code etiquette for professionals

Posted by imageandme in Corporate Style, Style For Men, Style For Women 22 Mar 2014

Excerpts from Etiquette 101 by Conde nast traveller to highlight dress code etiquette in countries around the world. We share here dress code etiquette for professional dressing around Asia. the article was written in 2009, but these dress codes still hold true.

Corporate dress code etiquette in asia


You’ll need a myriad of outfit options for a transcontinental Asian trek. Miniskirts and monochrome black are safe bets from Jakarta to Japan, but women in India and Pakistan cover their legs and sport vibrant, rich hues. In fact, very few styles would work in every country: Flip-flops, for instance, are trendy in Singapore, verboten in China, and, in Indonesia, acceptable only for shower wear. Here’s how to prep before you pack.

At a meeting: Twenty years ago, “Chinese fashion” meant dark Mao pantsuit uniforms; today, work clothes are still homogenous suits and ties, even on the hottest summer days. Businesswomen go without makeup and jewelry, and everyone shies away from conspicuous consumption to show they’re focused on the business at hand.

At a meeting: Hillary Clinton, you’re in luck—pantsuits are okay anywhere on the Indian Subcontinent; choose cotton or linen in summer, and accessorize with a colored scarf or dangly earrings to keep up with vividly dressed locals, who wear bold diaphanous saris to boardrooms in Bangalore and Mumbai. (Men, don’t be afraid to wear color, too—you certainly won’t feel out of place).

At a meeting: “I’ve never seen a tie in Indonesia,” says Virginia Gorlinski, a Northwestern University music professor who has traveled to the country dozens of times. Modesty’s more important to Indonesian moguls, who wear batik button-downs with khaki pants and closed shoes. Women sport ponytails, plain dresses, long sleeves, lipstick, and blush, and leave any notable jewelry at home.

At a meeting: “The Japanese word for dress shirt, wai shatsu, comes from the English for ‘white shirt,’ which gives you an idea of the range of colors worn at work,” says Dan Rosen, professor at Tokyo’s Chuo Law School, who recommends basic black suits. In 2005, the government launched a Cool Biz initiative meant to lower AC costs by encouraging lighter work attire; it’s been met with fierce resistance by the jacket-and-tie-loving Japanese working class.

At a meeting: Tunics, fitted jackets, and even low-cut (but not décolletage) blouses work for women, who must always cover their legs—preferably with loose pants. Men in corporate fields like banking wear ties (and jackets for real conference room affairs), but media types don’t.

At a meeting: You wouldn’t think so, given Singapore’s rules—happy reputation, but business meetings are actually super casual here (well, dresswise at least). Jackets aren’t required, ties are rare, and both sexes wear oxfords and slacks. For women, trendy peg-leg pants are often permissible.’

For the complete article, please see here.