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

Business casual unless you have outside meetings. - Jul 23, 2014
The Gabonese we worked with dressed quite nice, but our company dress was generally more casual. - Oct 24, 2013
More formal than US. The local Gabonese dress up. - Apr 12, 2012
It's hot, so wear light material. I wore skirts almost every day and sandals 24-7. - Aug 3, 2011
It's a very conservative society. Anything official will involve a coat and tie -even if it is 95 deg F and 100% humidity. - Jul 16, 2010