The men's version of the Ao Dai is worn at Tet and other important occasions, made from thicker silk brocade. This man wears it as part of his formal wedding photos. Taken at the Van Mieu - the Temple of Literature, Hanoi.
The men’s version of the Ao Dai is worn at Tet and other important occasions, made from thicker silk brocade. This man wears it as part of his formal wedding photos. Taken at the Van Mieu – the Temple of Literature, Hanoi.

Like any traditional dress, in the past it was very important to the Vietnamese people that the color worn matches their status:

  • Kings – yellow
  • High grade mandarins – red
  • Low grade mandarins – green or blue
  • Civilian men – brown or black

Today these color guides are not followed and an outfit can be made in any color.  For formal occasions women wears a Traditional Ao Dai and the man wears a suit.