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What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Typical embassy attire - no less than a polo shirt and Dockers. - Mar 27, 2017
People here put a lot of stress on outward appearance, especially women. Even household help will arrive to work and go home nicely dressed and made up. For formal events people dress in very formal clothes, most women wear high heals, but it seems as though standards are relaxing somewhat. - Oct 15, 2014
Professional, suits for men, skirts for women. - Sep 19, 2011
Suits. In public men never wear shorts in warm weather (though I do sometimes). - Oct 14, 2009
Formal. The locals we meet, including those that struggled to make ends meet, put their money into looking good. I agree with a previous poster--micro skirts, 3 inch heels, and low cut tops were prevalent. - Jul 26, 2008
Fairly formal: suits/ties and at least jackets for men at work. Like much of the former Soviet Union, young women (in business or not) tend to dress like prostitutes - not realizing they look like that to Westernerns - flashy tight clothes, garish boots/shoes. It can take some time to realize your assistant or secretary is actually quite skilled once you get beyond the clothing choices. - Jan 9, 2008