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

Ankara is an expat city and I’ve never had issues with exposed shoulders or knees as a woman, and most residents dress in western fashion. It is unusual to see Turkish men in shorts, but no issues for western men. Business to business casual is common at the embassy. - Sep 2020


At the Embassy, it was business casual to business, depending on the weather and the meeting you were heading to. Formal dress was rarely required, unless perhaps at a wedding or Marine Ball. - Oct 2018


Normal business attire, and formal dress for balls. - Oct 2018


Typical US business attire. - Sep 2018


Business casual except on country team days. - Jul 2018


Normal dress at the embassy; a little more casual in summer. - Oct 2017


Depending on your job the dress code is either a suit and tie or business casual. - Sep 2017


Business to dress casual depending on your section. Formal wear for sporadic events throughout the year. - Jun 2017


Formal for balls; work dress like the U.S. - Sep 2016


Slightly more covered than usual, sort of 1950 Americana with Islamic touch - Aug 2015


Business at work. Turkish women can be very glamorous and hip. Casual is also quite common. - Apr 2015


Suit and tie for work, stylish but casual for public (good shoes for walking on slippery and uneven surfaces). - Feb 2015


Business formal. Turks can be very smart dressers. But depending on the area of Ankara where you are visiting, there might be more conservative Turkish women who wear scarves, etc. - Jun 2014


Feels smart casual in the Embassy. - Apr 2014


Turkish women are quite stylish. Always over dress if you are not sure. Dressing nice is a sign of respect. - Mar 2014


Smart casual. - Mar 2014


Business and business casual. - Jul 2013


Professional. Casual is more dressed-up than in the States. - Aug 2011


Business casual to business. - Jul 2010


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