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

Formal dress for the Marine Ball, nice dresses for embassy functions, and normal dress for every day in the city. - Jul 2019


Mongolian women like to dress up to most events (often short skirts, even in the dead of winter). The colorful and beautiful Mongolian national dresses are popular on Mongolian holidays. - Oct 2016


Certainly quite formal and Mongolians do dress up, especially on national holidays and ceremonial occasions. This is a place where dressing down is generally not admired, even very remote regions. Scruffy appearances are a no-no. - Feb 2015


Business suits for men and fashionable dress for women. - May 2012


Formal at work, casual in public. - Feb 2012


It's business casual at the embassy; men in dress slacks and dress shirts and ties. The dress code is a bit more lax for women. During the summer, the local women often dress like prostitutes, inside and outside of the embassy. Stiletto heels are worn throughout the year. I still don't know how women can gracefully walk on the even sidewalks without tripping. Maybe those women are born wearing stilettos? - Feb 2011


Business dress at work. Casual in public. Mongolians, especially the women, are very sharp dressers. Expect to see stilettos all winter, no matter how deep the ice. - Jan 2009


Business casual. - Oct 2008


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