What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Slightly more formal than in the U.S., but you could get away with the same dress code. Koreans have no hesitation showing all of their legs but are not ok with cleavage or too much neckline showing. Swimsuits tend to be shorts and a shirt for men, a one piece with shorts and a shirt for women, and everybody must wear a hat in a lot of pools/water parks. - Feb 2020


typical U.S. dress code at work. In public people cover their arms but show lots of leg. - Feb 2016


Koreans are sharp dressers, both for work and play. You can wear whatever you want, but you will stand out if you're sloppy. - Feb 2016


Office attire at work. Koreans are quite formal, too, but anything goes, really. - Jul 2015


Very formal. Koreans dress up even for recreation, with sporty, matching outfits. Couples often match. Regular day dress is much nicer than most Westerners. Women wear heals and skirts most of the time. Also, very modest tops even if shorts and skirts are very short. - Jan 2014


Formal. - Sep 2013


Very formal at the office. Relaxed, but slightly more formal than in the U.S. in public settings. - Jan 2011


Suits mostly, for English teachers, very casual. - Dec 2010


Formal business attire. Korean dress to the nines. If you're socializing, it can be come as you are, but not necessarily like Jeff Lebowski. - Sep 2009


Business attire. Koreans are very fashion conscious. - Jul 2008


Business-suits, the usual. Same as at home. The Koreans dress more formally than most Americans and are very style conscious. - May 2008


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