As any lady who’s spent time outside Asia will notice, summer skin is a little more conservative on this side of the world. Though showing a bit of shoulder is totally Seoul-approved, the décolletage can turn heads for all the wrong reasons. But showing respect for local modesty doesn’t have to cover up your creativity; there are more stylish loopholes than a closet full of those ironic “summer cardigans.”
Start off with your basic camisole or one piece. General rule of cleavage: No “Y” looks fly. Next, feel free to layer over it with a structured crop top or the sheer layers that you’ve been saving for festivals only. The straighter cut of these trendy shapes will add dimension to your look while masking the collar line, making it both Korean workplace appropriate and evening-ready in a snap.
If you’re still feeling exposed, try a dickey or bib underneath, unbuttoned of course, or a summer scarf casually knotted over. And if you insist on that cardigan, drape it over your shoulders, collegiate style; your arms will be singing thank you all summer long.