Korean fashion is holding up its own these days. Korean movie actors, artists and fashionistas have a kind of cuteness all their own and their type of fashion easily resounds in the West. Unlike other important Asian countries, South Korea goes through the same four seasons as the United States does. Korean street fashion includes the same kinds of clothing (suit, dress, jacket, cardigan, and so on) that are worn in America. When western tourists visit one of South Korea’s premier island destinations, they won’t worry much about what to wear in Jeju-do. They’d simply dress up the way they normally do in winter, spring, summer and autumn.
Winter in Jeju Island may be not as cold as Seoul’s, but people come out wearing typical winter clouds just the same. Unlike in Seoul, Jeju-do locals won’t be wearing the usual earmuffs, thick jackets, thermals, wool coats, and warm pants. It only snows in the island’s northern areas, which is good for the locals since pineapples, cabbages and other important crops still thrive throughout the cold months. While South Koreans normally prepare kimchi for the winter, Jeju-do locals enjoy Korea’s most important vegetable dish all year round.
What to wear in Jeju-do practically depends on the season. Summer is beach season. The island prides itself of Iho Beach and it is best enjoyed in summer when the water is not too cold for swimming. Iho Beach is quite unique; it may probably be the only beach in the world that has two kinds of sand in one coast. The beach has dark gray and yellow sands. The yellow sands create a unique effect on the blue Iho water. Summer in Korea is from June to September.
In spring, Jeju-do fashion involves light shirts, slacks and anything that blends well with the beautiful spring blooms. It is practically the same in autumn. Basically, since this is an island, tourists are expected to dress down. Wearing light clothes, jeans, 3/4 pants or shorts is fine. Caps and shades are also very fashionable and wearing floral design won’t hurt at all. Locals and tourists might also want to have rain gears ready since Jeju is the rainiest place in Korea. Another popular island activity is hiking on Mount Halla, so tourists might want to bring along hiking gears.
Finally, what tourists need to know when figuring out exactly what to wear in Jeju-do, there aren’t many fashion retailers in the island as there are in Seoul and Busan. The leading fashion stores are The Butterfly Effect, Yeondong (selling American apparel such as Levi’s, Calvin Klein, and Nike) and Jung-ang-ro (selling budget items).