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

Business casual at work. Formal dress is rarely required. US embassy staff are not allowed to visit any public places, for any reason. - Apr 11, 2017
Business casual within the Embassy, casual outside. Men and women should avoid wearing shorts, and women should avoid exposing shoulders, legs, and cleavage. Long skirts/maxidresses and a light shawl to cover the shoulders and chest are a good idea for women. - Jun 17, 2016
Work: Business casual, similar to DC. Public: Men shouldn't wear shorts, women shouldn't wear anything short or revealing. - May 18, 2016
Covered legs/arms - Jun 20, 2015
casual - Mar 2, 2015
At work I would say the same as any other, many men don't wear ties because it's very hot here. In public women are the ones that need to be careful not to be revealing. It's easy to buy local outfits that fit our Western taste. Women cover breasts with scarves because of the staring (even without cleavage) and nothing too short. It's a primarily Muslim country but much more lax in that sense. - Sep 29, 2014
At work, formal as in U.S. formal. Public, dress like you're in the U.S. - Aug 3, 2014
Conservative. Local women wear the shalwar kameez, which is designed to hide the fact that a woman actually has a body underneath all that fabric. Many local women also wear head scarves. Foreign women should avoid exposed knees, shoulders or cleavage in professional settings and expect to be followed around if exposing the same in public. - Jul 28, 2014
Conservative. Women shouldn't show shoulders, cleavage, or thighs/knees. I wear a suit for work and tunics with jeans on the weekends. - Aug 9, 2013
Relatively modest. Business and business-casual at work. - Apr 11, 2013
Business at work, some business casual. In public, it is a muslim country, so it's better to be respectful - no cleavage, knees, shoulders, etc. I take a scarf everywhere I go to cover up a bit. No one would say anything if you didn't, but again, be respectful. - Aug 14, 2011
Embassy is slacks and collared shirt. Anything goes in public, I wear shorts and t-shirts on my off days. - Jun 25, 2011
Largely informal. Shirt, pants, no tie, no jacket. - Feb 8, 2011
Girls should dress conservatively. Guys can wear whatever they want. - Jan 29, 2011
This is a conservative muslim country. - Jan 7, 2011
Conservative, particularly outside of the embassy. Normal business attire is fine at the embassy, but those working out on the local economy (particularly women) will want to dress more conservatively. - Oct 25, 2010
Conservative for the locals. Casual at the embassy. - Apr 27, 2010
Generally, business casual at work. Dress for women tends to be more conservative; some expat women feel uncomfortable in knee-length skirts. Western dress on local women is very, very rare. - Oct 30, 2009
Conservative. The embassy used to be business casual. I've seen more suits lately. - Aug 6, 2009
Business casual at the Embassy, but it depends on the section. Most men do not wear a suit every day. Women rarely have to wear suits. - Mar 13, 2009
It's always good to honor a host country. Dress modestly when you are in the street, but don't forget to bring your shorts and spandex for when you are among expats. - Nov 20, 2008
Relaxed. - Mar 2, 2008
All Bangladeshi women wear local dress to work and men wear pants and ties. Many foreign women also wear local dress (especially those employed with NGOs). Otherwise, business casual. In public, no tank tops, no short skirts or dresses. - Feb 24, 2008