What to Wear in Hong Kong

Busy street in Mong Kok

Busy street in Mong Kok

Traditional restaurant; Dim Sum

Traditional restaurant; Dim Sum

Hong Kong Metro

Hong Kong Metro

Streets in January

Streets in January

Avenue of Stars, Victoria Harbour, in August

Avenue of Stars, Victoria Harbour, in August

Downtown in September

Downtown in September

Shopping in September

Shopping in September

Shopping mall, September

Shopping mall, September

Street market in September

Street market in September

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General Style Tips

  • Generally older Hong Kong people dress modestly - no short skirts, no strappy tops nor generally tight or revealing clothes. However the same cannot be said about the young! In the full heat and humidity of summer you will see plenty of camisoles, t-shirts and shorts.
  • This a fashion-conscious, designer-conscious city - particularly amongst the young people.
  • Dress well in a smart casual fashion and you will find you fit in.
  • Hong Kong's sub-tropical climate means that you won't need winter clothes for most of the year.
  • However, if you are staying in a hotel we would suggest you take a light sweater or pashmina as the air conditioning can be fierce.
  • Loose-fitting, natural fabrics and layered clothes will work all year round.
  • We suggest that you favor dark colors as these are always popular and will mean you will be less conspicuous.
  • Jeans are also popular but probably too uncomfortable in the hottest parts of the year.
  • People seem to make more of an effort to dress smartly for dinner in the hotels - so a nice top or dress, or pants and shirt, and smart shoes, will be useful.
  • Also be warned - you may be refused entry at some up-scale restaurants if you don't look smart enough. If you've been sightseeing, aim to freshen up and change your clothes before meals.
  • If you are in Hong Kong on business then formal suits are the norm - for both men and women.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Be sure to pack some comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • And the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops are great too - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • The humidity can play havoc with your hair - so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit when you need it - as well as keeping you warm or covering your shoulders for modesty.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • From mid-December, through January to mid-February it is cooler and warmer layers would be advisable. So leave your flip flops, shorts and strappy tops at home in favor of t-shirts, jeans and a jacket.
  • The wet season is June/July/August, and if you visit at this time our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat, but not to bother to pack an umbrella as you will find inexpensive ones on street stalls and in local shops everywhere.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for local voltage (220V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Why not bring back a made-to-measure suit - Hong Kong tailors have a worldwide reputation and the prices are attractive. Electronics are also a good buy, whilst tea drinkers will be spoilt for choice.

Last updated 11 November 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnHoliday.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.

Advice You Can Trust

Dress up! You won't get a table in the nice places if you don't look polished! No sneakers, shorts or tank tops at the Peninsula! If you're going in summer, have something to make your hair look nice in that humidity. We were turned away in the Peninsula & the Ritz because we had been walking for hours & looked frazzled.

- Heather, USA