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

Less formal than I've seen at other embassies and consulates. - Sep 27, 2017
Depending on your job at the consulate, jeans and shirt to suit and tie. More casual than most posts. - Jan 28, 2017
The consulate trends more toward business casual. Frankfurt is a fairly conservative banking town, but also has a lot of young people so one sees the whole range of attire. - Aug 14, 2016
Business casual at work. But for the weekend, I might leave the white socks at home. Germans don't really wear white socks ("White socks are for sport!") and will immediately mark you for an American if you do. They seem a bit better dressed than the regular American Joe, but you won't stand out (unless you wear shorts, or white socks) - Feb 1, 2016
Work seems to be casual to business depending on the agency. In public you will see everything as well. - Dec 9, 2015
Business casual is how I would describe it. It is a Consulate and not an Embassy after all! - Mar 30, 2014
The Consulate dress code is business attire. In public it's better to fit in so you should dress casually but not in a sweat suit like we could do in the USA. - Nov 7, 2013
Dressier than U.S. to go out, same as DC at work. - Mar 4, 2012
Business to business casual. The bankers all wear suits. - Oct 3, 2011
I would say Germans dress nicer than Americans, but my opinion is most Americans dress sloppy making the Germans look better. - Jul 7, 2008
Informal, relaxed. - Feb 23, 2008
Germans like to look well-groomed but not flashy. Dress code is much like the U.S. but maybe a bit more formal. - Jan 4, 2008