Cape Town - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Business casual - Apr 2021


Cape Town is described as the LA to Johannesburg's New York (I agree), which is evident in dress code. There are some social circles where image is everything, but for the majority of us, Cape Town is relaxed and laid back at work and at play. I see CEOs wear flip-flops to work because they are going surfing in the afternoon. - Feb 2018


Business casual. Business attire at receptions/official functions. I have not needed formal dress here, though you may want it for the Marine Corps ball or similar events. - Oct 2017


Cape Town is a very casual place. Most people work in jeans or their equivalent. The Embassy in Pretoria has imposed a dress code to keep staff on the straight and narrow. - May 2014


At work--Business. In public--what you would wear in the U.S., but a bit nicer (no baggy, falling-off-the-butt pants or skin-tight tee shirts)--think U.S. in the early 1960's. - Aug 2013


Work is smart casual. Public is very casual - think Southern California. - Oct 2007


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