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post #1 of 13
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So I am more likely to be doing a September trip to Singapore/HK/Kyoto/Tokyo.

Japan I think I've got. Boring suits, edging toward dark grey. Elastic faux oxfords just in case I have to remove in someone's office.

Singapore also. That's more of an R&R weekend bookending an informal update meeting or two. Casual but clean, trying to beat the humidity. Linen shirts, fresco or linen trousers, a spare blazer for dinner.

I was thrown a bit by one of the websites, however, which says to avoid blue in HK business settings as it reminds people of funerals. Are we talking navy suits and slate or royal blue CBD ties being the problem, or are HKers just trying to keep away from women in periwinkle and electric blue dresses? Otherwise I'm assuming dark grey will work day and night. Will mid-grey make you feel like a Caucasian light bulb walking around? I have no real agenda for selling or presenting, but I don't want to become the Obvious American.
post #2 of 13
I go to HK plenty. You'll be ok with navy suits.
post #3 of 13
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I was thrown a bit by one of the websites, however, which says to avoid blue in HK business settings as it reminds people of funerals. Are we talking navy suits and slate or royal blue CBD ties being the problem, or are HKers just trying to keep away from women in periwinkle and electric blue dresses? Otherwise I'm assuming dark grey will work day and night. Will mid-grey make you feel like a Caucasian light bulb walking around? I have no real agenda for selling or presenting, but I don't want to become the Obvious American.

Well unless you're really out there, chances are your blue suits a dark navy anyway. The blue that's associated with funerals is a slightly lighter shade.

From my experience, my whitey bosses all wear a darker navy, in part because they're English and they stick to that attire. I don't see THAT much mid-grey. What I suggest though is to go with a white shirt and black shoes. I don't know who you're seeing if you are meeting with English people, they can be VERY anal about that stuff. And shine your shoes.
post #4 of 13
just a normal black poly suit will be fine
post #5 of 13
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What I suggest though is to go with a white shirt and black shoes. I don't know who you're seeing if you are meeting with English people, they can be VERY anal about that stuff.
That is interesting. If they were hard-core Londoners they wouldn't dream of wearing white shirts. Too lower-middle-class-- or Chinese, perhaps. smile.gif I suppose T&A stripes or checks would introduce too many color complexities to be safe?

Luckily, these are not meetings where I'm on approval. On the contrary. Which doesn't mean that I need to look like I'm on vacation in Italy.
post #6 of 13
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just a normal black poly suit will be fine

I'd thought of that, but there are limits to everything.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post

just a normal black poly suit will be fine

I'd thought of that, but there are limits to everything.

ok then perhaps poly blend and grey, thro i hear they is great style advice to be had from the hawkers on Nathan Rd in TST
post #8 of 13
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If I mention your name, will I get a discount at Sam's?
post #9 of 13
yes of course, everyone in HK knows me - just remember the magic number 67
post #10 of 13
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yes of course, everyone in HK knows me - just remember the magic number 67

I'll be there next month, and will mention your name.
post #11 of 13
67 saying in Catonese by an American, right? It sound like Luk-Cha but more likely would like other words.
post #12 of 13
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I was thrown a bit by one of the websites, however, which says to avoid blue in HK business settings as it reminds people of funerals. Are we talking navy suits and slate or royal blue CBD ties being the problem, or are HKers just trying to keep away from women in periwinkle and electric blue dresses? Otherwise I'm assuming dark grey will work day and night. Will mid-grey make you feel like a Caucasian light bulb walking around? I have no real agenda for selling or presenting, but I don't want to become the Obvious American.


Funeral colours are white and black here. Navy is perfectly fine for business in HK.
post #13 of 13
From my experience in Hong Kong I think if you want to be more conservative stick with a charcoal or a dark grey. Most people are in black suits.
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