Speaking at the World Assembly for Women in Japan on Friday, Ivanka Trump drew the ire of some by not adhering to Japanese cultural standards for female business attire, according to The Mercury News.
“Trump apparently eschewed common advice for proper business attire for women in Japan to don a bright pink suit with a notably short skirt,” wrote Martha Ross. Trump is a favorite among Japanese women for her “blond glamour,” but in Tokyo, “her outfit choice garnered mixed reactions.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) November 3, 2017
Despite Japan’s up-to-date fashion trends, business attire for both men and women tends to be more conservative. Men and women are expected to wear black or “muted” colors. Women “should wear tasteful skirts no higher than above the knee.”
“The [New York] Times said the mixed reaction to her appearance could reflect entrenched attitudes towards women in Japan,” Ross continued.
In her speech, Trump called for boosting female participation in traditionally male-dominated occupations, according to Ross. Asahi TV network commentators took issue with her skirt, saying the pink miniskirt was “rather short” for someone advising the president.
Not everyone disliked her choice of outfit for her speech, though.
“Her fashion is great. She is a role model for women,” Rena Hayakawa, 21, a political science major at Meiji University in Tokyo, said before the speech, according to Ross.
Some women, however, couldn’t help but take the opportunity to criticize Trump’s outfit choice on Twitter:
Q: Is a pink short skirt suit appropriate 4 meeting government officials in Japan where business/professional attire more conservative???♀️
— Vivian ? (@VLo_CA) November 3, 2017
Exactly what vibe was she going for??
— NDGT Me (@bywayofjpp) November 3, 2017
I’m no prude, but that skirt is awfully short for the circumstances.
— Katie Krug (@KatieKrug1) November 3, 2017
Trump’s speech comes just days before her father, President Donald Trump, visits Japan during a 12-day tour of Asia.