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

Conservative attire. - Oct 2019


Suits, dresses, and/or business casual at work. Shorts and t-shirts are acceptable otherwise, but generally need to be somewhat conservative. - Jul 2019


Business attire, i.e., suits and dresses, at work. Otherwise dress is usually casual, but conservative. - Jul 2019


Business or business casual at work, you may need formal dress for work functions (galas, etc.). In public places, t-shirts/blouses/jeans and skirts are fine, though short skirts, shorts, and revealing clothing is not recommended. - Dec 2017


Given the climate, the dress code is a little more suit- and tie-centric than you would expect. Burkinabe businesspeople dress well, so there is certainly a culture of putting on your best. - May 2016


Conservative. People dress nicely here and tend to cover knees and shoulders even when it's hot. Shorts (longer length) and tank tops are seen and ok for expats, but expect to feel underdressed and get a few extra stares. - Aug 2015


Depends on the agency and event. Some agencies are business casual while others wear suits to work every day. For the most part, Burkinabe lean to formal dress. - Jul 2013


Casual. - Apr 2013


Surprisingly formal. Burkinabe dress up, either in suits or colorful traditional clothing, and I've been the most underdressed person at several events. As a result, I've actually bought a few things here and on trips to Europe to dress up a little bit more. - Nov 2012


Casual. - Aug 2010


Lots of shorts and t-shirts. It's hot!! - Aug 2008


Business - shirt & tie for men, long skirts/pants for women. Suits are required for upper level meetings - but not for daily work. No one wears shorts - but capri pants are acceptable casual wear. - Jul 2008


Generally business casual (slacks, open necked shirts for men, slacks or skirts for women). - Jun 2008


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