How formal is too formal? you ask. Yofuku no Aoyama has the answers.
Maybe you’re starting a new job in Japan. Maybe you’re interviewing for one, or you just have a video conference call with clients in Japan. The questions are the same for all of them: “What do I wear? Should I go full-suit? What does business casual even mean?”
To answer some of your questions, Yofuku no Aoyama, a popular Japanese business wear store in Japan, created a nifty graph of outfit ideas based on your professional situation. Each outfit is rated on a scale of zero to five stars in terms of how formal it is, making it super easy to understand for visual learners.
▼ There are even descriptive notes that tell you the basics of each level of formality.
At the top of the list for women, there are suits with heels, jacket-and-bottoms options, and then some more casual blazers and pants. Level three is likely the “business casual” standard for a lot of Japanese companies.
▼ The further down the list you go, the more colorful it gets.
There are also guidelines for men, because hey, you don’t always need to wear a full-on suit and tie.
▼ Like the women’s style guide, formal menswear is meant to have darker, neutral colors.
▼ But unlike the women’s side, there doesn’t seem to be much color in general.
Yofuku no Aoyama’s guide also has sections to explain the color …continue reading