Lesson 25 = Bòt Thêe Yêe Sìb Hâa = บทที่ ๒๕

Since this lesson discusses dress code, let’s take a break from many grammar points. This post I will be talking about how to dress like a Thai in many occasions.

School/University – A rule of thumb is that no bottom shorter than knee length should be worn when entering the campus. Some of you may say that, hey, what about that girl in her uniform with skirt exposing half her thighs? I would say, let her be. That is not the appropriate uniform that she should be dressing in. For ladies, sleeveless tops are fine, but no singlet, spaghetti strap, tube top. For guys, sleeveless tops are NOT ok. T-shirts, polo shirts, or anything with sleeves are acceptable. For both genders, denim jeans are ok too.

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Government office – Similar to what you would wear when entering a school. But you might want to avoid loud pattern – Stay with neutral colours.

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Wedding – Unless there is a specific theme set by the couple, here are the colours that should be avoided: white or cream (it resembles the bride’s gown, you surely do not want people to mistake you for the bride?), black (it resembles the colour preferred for the funeral), red (imagine yourself standing next to the bride in white, which one of you will be more outstanding?), purple (some Thai believe that the colour is for widowers). The best colours are anything pastel, maybe except pastel purple but the rest should work. For guys, avoid wearing only black & white. Try adding some colours to your necktie or get a pastel colour shirt.

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Going to the temple – Sleeveless blouses are acceptable but spaghetti straps are not. Also, nothing above knee should be worn especially for ladies. We all know that once a woman sits down in her short skirt, it will become shorter. Loose fitting clothes are preferred.

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Funeral – Most of funerals are held at temples (due to the fact that majority of Thai are buddhists). As a result, dress code for the funeral is identical to the one for going to the temple. Only that it has to be in black.

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Wearing the appropriate clothes for the occasion is considered respectful. You respect the place, the people you are visiting, or even other people whom you might be walking by.

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