This article provides you with everything you need to know about Dress Code in Vietnam. for tourists. What to wear when visiting temples, pagodas, cathedral.
Vietnam is famous for its fascinating culture and rich tradition. Vietnamese live simple lives, especially shows in their dress code, which is a touch of elegance and smartness embodied . Vietnam fashion is different from region to region from North to Southand among the various classes, in some way or other their traditional way of dressing is similar and definitely sets them apart.
Traditional clothes in Vietnam – Featured Vietnam Dress Code
The Vietnamese have several ethnic outfits which are as simple as the people of Vietnam. Each outfit shows how much they value comfort in dressing. Some of their ethnic wears are:
Fashion in Vietnam differs between cities and towns. The traditional Vietnamese outfit in the city is a little different. For the men, it is simple brown shirts and white pants, accompanied by a headdress, which is just a cloth draped around the head. For formal occasions they just add a long robe with cuts on both sides and a turban, to their daily clothes.
Young women in the cities wear short shirts of light brown color and long black skirts. A silk shirt and trouser worn by the Southern locals, which is called Ao Ba Ba.
The ceremonial clothing is known as Áo Dài, consisting of a long dress graduated in three layers which has a slit on any one side. The next layer of garment is called Ao Tu Than, this one has four cuts in its lower part and is brown in color, the second layer is yellow and the third one is pink. This is the fashion in Vietnam at its elegant best. Moreover, to add to this, Vietnamese women also wear a palm hat, which is tapering in shape and is called Non Bai Tho.
1. Ao Dai – Vietnamese traditional Dress
Áo Dài, the traditional dress of Vietnam actually means a “long dress”. It has been in existence for ages, from the beginning of the 18th century. Originally it was called Ao Ngu Than. Right from the beginning the Áo Dài has gone through several alterations; however its basic form, consisting of a long flowing skirt, remains the same even now.
In modern times the Áo Dài is worn mainly by women, especially during all festive occasions. More than anything else it is still the one and only marriage trousseau. Also, wearing the Áo Dài has been made compulsory in many senior schools. The popularity of the Áo Dài is not just limited to Vietnam but has spread all over the world. The Áo Dài has become like a national symbol of Vietnam. This age old fashion in Vietnam has set the trend for several modern international fashion designers.
Nowadays, You may see Ao dai dress in lots of ceremony, school graduation for photo shooting, birthday, wedding dress. In some of travel companies, banks or government offices, Ao Dai can be seen as well
2. Vietnamese Modern Clothes
Modern Vietnamese fashion has been subject to a lot of western influence so the Vietnam dress code is very casual, relaxed. In Vietnam there are only a few places that require a specific dress code, for most tourist places, you can enter without worrying about what you are wearing. As for the local, they are quite familiar with clothes from foreign countries since a lot of the youngsters are influenced and have adopted the Western dressing ways.
Young Vietnamese women wear a lot of dresses and skirts on a daily basis and men wear shirts and trousers. Apart from this, the modern Vietnamese themselves are trying to work more on their traditions and the city now has a budding fashion industry.
Like in most religious houses, it is considered offensive to wear shorts, dresses, and skirts that bare too much skin, especially in the areas of the legs, chest, and shoulders. A comfortable shirt and a good pair of jeans would have enough coverage. Decent walking shoes are an absolute must.
Vietnamese women are also well aware of the effects of the tropical sun on their skin, and a sun tan is not admired. You’ll see young women on bikes wearing elbow length gloves and masks to avoid the sun. With the suntan lotion issue, it depends on where and when you are planning to go.
Like in most religious houses, it is considered offensive to wear shorts, dresses, and skirts that bare too much skin, especially in the areas of the legs, chest, and shoulders. A comfortable shirt and a good pair of jeans would have enough coverage.
A lovely country with amazing people, that’s what Vietnam is all about and the Vietnamese fashion, Vietnam clothing, Vietnam Dress Code is just a peek into their wonderful lifestyle.
3. Dress code for wearing in holy places like pagoda, temples, mausoleum in Vietnam
No short sleeves or cover your shoulder
Your shorts need to be over the knee
+ Bring along a scarf with you
+ Take along some thongs with you because you need to take off the shoes when visiting temples
4. Do and dont to wear in pubic place in Vietnam
- Walk around half naked in the city : it shows respectfulness to the locals
- Not wearing a bra in the city. It sounds weir for Vietnamese to see someone wearing bra and walk on the street.
- Get full naked on the beach : it isn’t very often to be naked on the beach. You might be fined under the government law
We hope this articles about dress code in Vietnam helps you some ways to know more about Vietnam fashion as well as dress code when visiting holy places
5. What to wear in Vietnam
In general, you can wear normal shorts and shirts which has open space of knees and shoulders in lots of places in Vietnam expects holy places like pagodas, temples, churches, cathedrals and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
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Hanoi Eco Tour’s team hopes this article help you some ways to pack up your clothing lists when travelling Vietnam as well as to know dress code in holy places in Vietnam
Source : VNO
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