Niamey - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Formal dress for Marine Ball only. Embassy is pretty business casual. - Aug 2022

Typical dress code requires that the shoulders be covered in public and skirts/dresses for women should hit below the knee. For men, shirts and chinos were the order of the day. More formal clothes might be required if you were invited to a local wedding, but generally the only formal events are the 4th of July party and Marine Birthday Ball. Keep in mind that the temperatures are rarely below 90F in the hot season, even at night, when selecting formal wear! - Apr 2020

Casual Business. Formal attire for the Marine Ball. - Jul 2019

Business casual. The heat is sweltering, but women should cover their shoulders and knees. Formal dress is only needed for the Marine ball. I wouldn't recommend bringing designer clothing, or anything too nice. The weather and dust can be hard on your clothes and especially your shoes. - Oct 2017

Business casual. Formal dress only at the Marine ball - Oct 2017

Women's knees are like breasts, seriously, it's more offensive than a low cut shirt (also not a good idea) so dress modestly in clean ironed clothes. Nigeriens may have just three shirts but they will all be clean and ironed to be an example of the family from which you came. Women and teen girls do not ever wear shorts in public and even men look weird in public in shorts because no one locally is doing it. Cotton shirts show sweat easily so bring patterned and stretchy material for women's shirts - Aug 2015

Pretty casual in public. Anyone who tells you that only prostitutes wear pants here probably works for one of the more conservative mission organizations, and you need not heed their advice. However, the women in Niger are starting to use head coverings more often, a practice that was non-existent 20 years ago. So no short skirts, ladies. Otherwise, if you are working in an embassy, dress is business-casual to business, depending on your position. - Jul 2013

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