How to dress for each season in Korea, 4 season styling tips for travelers

Hello, everyone! Are you wondering how to dress for each season in Korea? Today, we’re going to show you how to dress according to the seasons in Korea, including tips on how to style the same outfit for different seasons, as well as some must-have items for international travelers. With this guide, you’ll be able to enjoy Korea’s four seasons in style, so get out your calendars! Oh, and this article is a companion piece to our Korea travel guide: 55 Tips for Getting to Know Korea for Foreigners series.

Dress for each season in Korea: Understanding Korea’s 4 Seasons

If you’re planning a trip to Korea and want to learn how to dress for each season, check out our Korea weather: 4 seasons for expats guide first. Korea has four distinct seasons, which can be quite an experience if you’re coming from the tropics or somewhere like California in the US where the temperature is similar year-round. From hot, sunny summers to snowy, icy winters, and everything in between, spring is perfect for getting out and about, and fall is all about the colors of the surrounding nature, each season has its own charms, but you’ll enjoy your trip even more if you know how to style for each season.

Spring: Fashion blooms with the sunshine

Spring in Korea runs from March through May, and while there’s a warmth in the air after a cold winter, it’s also a time of year with big weather swings and blossom chills. March and April are especially good months to bring your outerwear. Try pairing your favorite layers like trench coats, cardigans, and jackets with scarves and shawls. As we move into May, the weather gets warmer and warmer, and a light jacket over a lightweight shirt, blouse, or dress is all you need to make your outfit feel like spring.

Spring essentials: trench coats, jean jackets, striped shirts, brightly colored knits/cardigans, cotton pants, and slip-ons/loafers.

dress for each season in Korea

Summer: a feast of hot sun and fresh days

Korea’s summers, which run from June through August, are hot – literally. Temperatures in the high 30s and humid air can put a strain on your wardrobe. It’s important to choose lightweight, breezy fabrics for this time of year. Sweat-wicking, breathable materials like linen, cotton, and rayon are perfect. Expect to see a lot of skin-baring items like no-sleeves, short-sleeved tees, shorts, and skirts. Don’t forget to pack a thin cardigan or shirt to layer on top when you’re in an air-conditioned room.

Summer essentials: linen shirts, white t-shirts, denim shorts, pleated skirts, sandals/slippers, straw hats, and sunglasses.

Fall: A blend of crisp air and muted colors

Autumn in Korea runs from September through November. The leaves are changing colors, the skies are getting higher, and it’s the perfect time to go out and enjoy the crisp breeze. The base of your fall wardrobe should be a cotton t-shirt or tops, with jeans or slacks, and then add layers. Trench coats, leather jackets, and windbreakers are the perfect seasonal staples. This is the time of year for muted, deep colors like browns and burgundies rather than bright tones.

Fall essentials: trench coats, biker jackets, knit cardigans, sweaters, jeans, cotton pants, boots/sneakers

Winter: a glowing white Christmas with coziness

It’s finally December in Korea, and while the temperatures may be below freezing, it’s a romantic time to celebrate a white Christmas. The key to winter fashion is to stay warm and look good at the same time. Long outerwear like puffers and coats are a must, and for inner layers, choose cozy pieces like polarti, turtleneck knits, and furries. Accent your look with a scarf or muffler and you’re good to go! Cool colors like white, gray, and navy are perfect for this look.

Winter essentials: long puffers, puffer jumpers, handmade coats, turtlenecks, cable knits, leggings, ankle boots, knitted beanies, gloves

Today, I’ve shared with you my tips on how to dress for each season in Korea and what items to pack. Korea has four distinct seasons, and it’s really important to dress for the season to fully appreciate its charm. I hope you’ll enjoy your time in Korea by dressing smart and stylish. Don’t forget to check out my must-haves, and next time, I’ll share my top picks for each of Korea’s attractions. Until then, happy traveling!

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