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

You see anything from button down shirts and jeans to suits. Depends on the office you work in. - Mar 2020


Varies greatly depending on the section (and there are so many sections here). Anywhere from formal business, to jeans and sneakers. - Mar 2020


Typical consulate attire, not quite the embassy, but not quite business casual either.... - Feb 2020


Depends totally on the section. Jeans are common in some sections and in others, it's almost always a suit. - Sep 2019


Take the cue from your work sponsor. There is considerable variation office to office in the Consulate. - Apr 2019


Less formal than I've seen at other embassies and consulates. - Sep 2017


Depending on your job at the consulate, jeans and shirt to suit and tie. More casual than most posts. - Jan 2017


The consulate trends more toward business casual. Frankfurt is a fairly conservative banking town, but also has a lot of young people so one sees the whole range of attire. - Aug 2016


Business casual at work. But for the weekend, I might leave the white socks at home. Germans don't really wear white socks ("White socks are for sport!") and will immediately mark you for an American if you do. They seem a bit better dressed than the regular American Joe, but you won't stand out (unless you wear shorts, or white socks) - Feb 2016


Work seems to be casual to business depending on the agency. In public you will see everything as well. - Dec 2015


Business casual is how I would describe it. It is a Consulate and not an Embassy after all! - Mar 2014


The Consulate dress code is business attire. In public it's better to fit in so you should dress casually but not in a sweat suit like we could do in the USA. - Nov 2013


Dressier than U.S. to go out, same as DC at work. - Mar 2012


Business to business casual. The bankers all wear suits. - Oct 2011


I would say Germans dress nicer than Americans, but my opinion is most Americans dress sloppy making the Germans look better. - Jul 2008


Informal, relaxed. - Feb 2008


Germans like to look well-groomed but not flashy. Dress code is much like the U.S. but maybe a bit more formal. - Jan 2008


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