Taiwan fashion is quite similar to its neighbor countries China and Japan, although between the two, Japan has more influence in terms of clothing. As such, expect a pretty modern fashion sense in big cities like Taipei and Hsinchu. Similar to modern industrial countries, you can freely wear almost anything as long as it is not too revealing to catch people’s attention. With this, Western travelers find it easy to decide what to wear in Hsinchu.
While shorts, miniskirts and tank tops are fine, you will definitely tend to overdress instead of being casual due to the year-round windy climate in Hsinchu. Pretty much anything goes as long as it is lightweight and comfortable. Choosing what to wear in Hsinchu will most likely depend on the current season or weather conditions. During summer months, the city can be somewhat hot and humid, and so, if you plan traveling there during these months, better pack cotton T-shirts, pants, skirts and breathable sandals or shoes. In addition, better bring footwear that you can easily slip off, particularly if you plan on visiting sacred temples and shrines. Expect to sweat a lot when humidity rises, at least until you can adapt to the weather conditions. [Read more…]