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

Business- business casual - Feb 2019


Shirt and tie for men. Business dress. - Feb 2019


Generally business formal, though certain offices will lean toward business casual depending on the work and level of outside interaction. - May 2018


Not that different from DC--lots of suits, some 'business casual', more black and other dark colors here. I've never needed anything more formal than a business suit. - Jan 2018


The style in Brussels is generally very casual. There are definitely some restaurants that have dress codes and we always dressed in business casual at the very least when going to the Embassy. You will see a lot of jeans, scarves, and trainers. - Feb 2017


Business attire at work. Suits/ties and dresses/blouses/skirts in professional settings. Otherwise, formal attire is almost never needed. Bring something for the Marine Ball though! - Dec 2016


I am not employed but my husband wears a tie to work each day. In public, just about anything goes. - Aug 2014


Business attire mostly at work. Whatever you want in public. - Jul 2014


Just like being in DC. . . - Apr 2014


Typical business wear at work. Casual in pubic. - Jan 2014


Same as U.S. but people don't go out in yoga pants and casual workout type clothes. - Jan 2014


European, but not as formal as Paris. It is rare to see someone in sweats or shorts. - Oct 2012


Standard, western. Female friends of mine from the US/Britain found they got hassles/taunts in the city centre from (mostly immigrant) men if they dressed up at night in the same way they would at home (short skirts, tank tops etc). So prepare to wear jeans and a scarf on your Saturday night out... - May 2012


Suit and tie at work. Belgians dress well. - Jan 2012


Smart business attire. - Nov 2011


At work, it's basically like DC.In public, people aren't quite as casual as they are in the states. - Aug 2011


They are rather formal here. You need to dress well even for a casual dinner invitation. Folks do wear shorts in public, but it seems to be frowned on. But it all depends you age. In general though, Americans need to be conscious of how much they tend to dress down. Walking around in shorts and a t-shirt is not going to cut it here if you want to be accepted as anything other than a clueless country bumpkin. - Jul 2011


Work - very corporate; socially/in public - anything goes, but Belgian women are usually very tidily dressed. - Jun 2011


Business, business casual - people dress up here more than the states, even going out to the park. And everyone seems to have a pair of boots. - Jun 2011


European business attire, and anywhere from dressy to casual on weekends. - Jun 2010


Business at work, casual in public (but no shorts/sneakers - that marks you as American). - Jun 2010


Same as in Washington, but a bit more formal in summer. - Mar 2010


Coat & tie at work and casual (but not too casual) after work. - Jul 2009


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