the world’s most graceful school uniforms

February 12, 2009

Impeccable style

High School students wearing ao dai, the Vietnamese national costume. — AP Photo

I have visited Vietnam on many occasions and one of the most beautiful sights is being greeted by Vietnamese women wearing traditional white tunics or ao dai, Vietnam’s national dress.

On the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Min City, high school girls ride bicycles with impeccable style, wearing the elegant ao dai uniforms in what must be one of the world’s most graceful school uniforms. Others also wear conical hats.

I wish we could learn a thing or two from Vietnam. Leg power saves energy and it is pollution free. Are our Malaysian ladies (and men) willing to take up the challenge?

For this to happen, the city road system must be friendly to cyclists.

Pola Singh


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