Before I travel somewhere I always research the clothing customs of my destination country. Being a woman, travelling to certain countries often requires certain dress codes. This is also applicable to men.
Doing business is all about relationships and if we meet our suited Japanese host at Tokyo airport while dressed in a tank top and high cut shorts we are going to be in trouble. Or if wander around Dubai in the same gear, it will not be conducive to building trust and respect.
Journeywoman, an organization dedicated to networking women around the world, has a section on its website from women for women travelling to various countries. It works by alphabetical order.
WATCH OUT FOR:
A few examples in the "A country´ list include :
Lori from the USA advises that: "Argentina: Here are my two personal basic rules of dress. Stick with tailored suits with above-the-knee skirts or pant suits. Add one more accessory than you normally would in the US. For example, in the US you might only wear a pin on a blazer. In Argentina wear a pin and a necklace."
Jessica from Singapore traveled in Australia and advises women "to wear a bra under t-shirts or any other thin fabrics." While the editor notes that: "Roots sweatshirts and T-shirts"?¦so popular in Canada, are a no-no as women’s wear in Australia. There, the term “rooting” is slang for “sexual intercourse.”
And finally, I will definitely keep this one in mind from Sharon in Montreal: "In Mali, West Africa, most women use only short pants for sports and play. These are tolerated for casual wear, but sometimes not appreciated. Exposing your breasts is generally more accepted than exposing your thighs."
Check it all out at www.journeywoman.com/ccc/ccc-a.html