Mexico: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress
Dark, conservative, suits and ties are the norm for most men in Mexican business culture. Junior execs in some industries, notably technology, may dress more casually or less expensively. But visitors will seldom err if they adopt conservative ways. Ensure that your shirts are well-pressed and that your shoes are polished to a high gloss.
Standard office attire for women includes dresses, skirted suits, or skirts and blouses. In Mexico, femininity is strongly encouraged in women's dress. Women business travelers will want to bring hosiery and high heels. They will also appreciate a light coat for evening wear.
The rainy season in Mexico City is typically from May to November. Mexican men do not favor raincoats, but umbrellas are popular. Personal security is a problem in Mexico today, and both women and men should leave valuable jewelry and watches at home.
Generally speaking, Mexicans, regardless of their social class, dress as meticulously as they can afford.
Suitable casual wear for men includes pants and a light shirt with a sweater for the sometimes chilly evenings. Women can wear a skirt or a pair of stylish pants.
Jeans are acceptable casual wear if they are clean and in good condition.
Shorts are never acceptible in Mexico City, except for children.
Tennis shoes are never appropriate for business meetings.
The guayabera is formal resort wear for men. It is not worn in public in Mexico City except by waiters and other servants.
Revealing clothing may be worn only within the confines of a resort.
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