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

Dress is more casual. Most locals wear a type of brightly-colored fabric called chitenge (chi-ten-jay). Formal dress is rare except for a few events a year. - Jul 21, 2017
Business if interacting with the Ministries to business casual for office. There are a few formal events where nicer clothes are required but not mandatory. - Oct 16, 2016
Formal--Malawians like to dress conservatively and look smart. - Sep 17, 2013
Conservative in both places. - Sep 26, 2012
Business casual at work, suits for those in government, conservative pants/shorts for the weekends or around town. - Sep 17, 2009
Smart casual. More formal if you interact with the government. - Jul 27, 2009