Cotonou - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Pretty informal. Women dress more modestly than in the US (usually covering knees), but attitudes are pretty tolerant. Black pants and a shirt work for almost any occasion. - Feb 2020

Formal dress to formal events such as diplomatic events. The embassy has varied dress code based on office. - Aug 2018

Casual for men. - Jan 2017

Western dress is fine, except that women should be slightly more modest (skirts to knees). - Oct 2015

Business casual. - Jun 2015

This will depend on your place of work. I wore a suit every day. - Aug 2014

Beninese tend to dress much more formally than American officers. A little nicer than business casual is passable for everyday work at the embassy; for meetings outside the embassy, suits are expected. - May 2013

Casual. - Mar 2013

Business dress at work. Conservitive dress in public. - Dec 2011

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