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

Casual for men. - Jan 28, 2017
Western dress is fine, except that women should be slightly more modest (skirts to knees). - Oct 10, 2015
Business casual. - Jun 29, 2015
This will depend on your place of work. I wore a suit every day. - Aug 23, 2014
Beninese tend to dress much more formally than American officers. A little nicer than business casual is passable for everyday work at the embassy; for meetings outside the embassy, suits are expected. - May 21, 2013
Casual. - Mar 2, 2013
Business dress at work. Conservitive dress in public. - Dec 29, 2011