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

Local formal dress for woman at the official functions, and casual at work. Men at work: mostly shirt and tie. All depends on the chief of mission. The previous ambassador had a rule that from April through September (hot months) - tie is not required. - Oct 22, 2017
At the Embassy, the dress code is the same as the US, though often a tie and jacket is not required during the hot months.

Out and about, women should have shoulders and knees covered. I wore a lot of maxi skirts and t-shirts or local garb--especially the drawstring pants with kurtas (long loose tops). So comfy! Cheap and bright and perfect for every occasion. You can dress a bit fancier or with bare shoulders at restaurants in hotels.

Many diplomatic events are dressy at night. You can never go wrong wearing Indian clothing for formal occasions--saris or a Nehru suit. - Mar 15, 2017


Women should generally cover shoulders and legs. You will sweat through every item of clothing you own. - Feb 14, 2017
Often formal, more on the modest side. I feel like covering up my shoulders with a shawl if I'm wearing a tank top and walking over to our gym. - Nov 8, 2016
Modest is best. Woman cover shoulders and knees, and men wear long pants. Adults are advised not to wear shorts when off the compound. - Jun 2, 2016
Generally modest, especially in public, to avoid harassment. - Sep 6, 2014
Business or business casual. - Sep 3, 2014
If I could get a job, I might be able to answer this question. - Aug 14, 2013
You don't need to go full on sari/shalwar kameez, but shorts won't work. Loose linens that cover shoulders and have sleeves are wise. The dress code at work is oppressively formal, given the weather in summer. - May 18, 2013
Conservative. Eve teasing is real. - Oct 21, 2012
Cover your shoulders and for girls, try to wear longer pants because girls are looked at more as objects than people. You don't need to walk around in full cultural garments like a sari. - Sep 16, 2012
Modest. - Aug 12, 2011
conservative - Aug 7, 2011
Conservative for women. - Aug 4, 2011
Conservative. - Jan 8, 2011
Suit/tie for men. Pants/suit for women. Loose clothes due to cultural norms and the heat. Linen and cotton rule. - Sep 18, 2010
Formal in winter, more flexible in summer due to the unbearable heat. - Aug 30, 2010
Work is suit and tie (no jacket in the summer).For public, men shouldn't wear shorts and women shouldn't show legs or shoulders. - Aug 12, 2010
Men tend to go to work in suits, although in summer they wear short-sleeve shirts. Nobody wears shorts here, so you will get stared at if you do. In shopping malls and expat areas, women can wear Western-style clothes. - Aug 1, 2010
Men tend to go to work in suits although in summer they wear short sleeve shirts. Nobody wears shorts here and you will get stared at if you do. In shopping malls and expat areas the women can wear Western style clothes. But in the markets you get less attention if you wear the local dress. - Mar 11, 2008
Definitely dress conservatively. Skin showing is a no-no. Dressing sloppy is too. - Feb 4, 2008