Montevideo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Very casual, very similar to the US - Aug 2022

Uruguayans dress sensibly. Formal dress only seen at the Marine Ball. - Nov 2021

Dress at work and in public is pretty casual unless its a special occasion- people don't dress very flashy in Montevideo and you will stand out if you do. The only time I wore formal clothes was at the Marine Ball. - Jul 2020

Dress at work is similar to the US. Women seem to prefer to wear loose, flowing clothes rather than tight ones, and white and off-white are very popular colors. - Aug 2018

Business casual (suit, no tie) is common among the professional working community. Formal dress is rarely required. Sportswear is common on the weekends and accceptable in most restaurants. - Jun 2017

Uruguayans dress very casually almost all the time. Even at elegant restaurants, you'll find the majority of men in jeans. In offices, men wear suits and ties and women wear dresses or slacks. I can't imagine a reason to stock up on formal clothes here; you might feel very overdressed if this is your style. - Aug 2016

Usual business dress code at work, more relaxed in public. Much more relaxed around the Rambla. - Mar 2014

Typical embassy attire. The Uruguayans are more informal dressers than their neighbors in Latin America. - May 2013

At work it's suits or business attire. In public, Uruguay is pretty casual (jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc.) - Mar 2012

Business casual. You won't see anyone wearing bright colors here. Black and grey. Nothing too happy! - Jan 2009

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