Dushanbe - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Women tend to dress more modestly - shoulders and knees covered. At work, western style business casual is the norm with some opting for suits regularly. It is not a "formal" embassy per se. - Apr 2021


Business casual. Tajiks are former Soviets so when in doubt, err on the side of suit-and-tie. - Dec 2016


Business casual at work. - Dec 2015


Work is typical office wear - no jeans. In public folks wear whatever they are most comfortable in. Some women did not feel comfortable in sleeveless outfits or short-ish skirts because of the stares you get but I didn't care. - Jun 2014


Shirt and tie. - Mar 2014


Casual and a bit conservative for personal comfort (from staring, etc.), but not for necessity due to cultural expectations. - Oct 2013


Business casual to casual. - Jan 2012


Work depends on the office. The Embassy is generally suits or at least ties. Most NGOs are more casual. In public, same as anywhere else, expect no shorts and no tank tops on women. Many Tajik women wear traditional dress, which is a long caftan over pants (sometimes with terrific sparkles). Tajiks tend to look very neat and take good care of their clothes. I often feel sloppy by comparison. - Jun 2009


Suits at the Embassy, I've seen khakis and button downs otherwise, and even casual on the streets. I will say that people here tend to get dressed up to do anything, especially the women, with full makeup and heels to go home from work. - Jul 2008


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