Dress Codes

  • The Dutch generally prefer clothing that is casual, unpretentious, conservative, and subdued.
  • Corporate rules might expect a traditional suit and tie.
  • When conducting business in the Netherlands, foreign men may wear suits and ties, though sport coats are acceptable. Women should wear suits or dresses.
  • Taking off your jacket in an office is acceptable. It means getting down to business. Do not roll up the sleeves of your shirt. When leaving an office, put your jacket back on.
  • Outside the office hours, Dutch people like to walk around in jeans and T-shirts.
  • The Dutch do not always dress up for a theatre visit. A lot of people just wear their daily clothing, but they will make sure to look presentable.

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