We have a tropical climate in Nicaragua so people mostly love to go out in jeans and t-shirts or any cotton clothing because you need to stay cool. Polo shirts and formal cotton t-shirts are very common, too.
You will only see people in formal clothes if they go to offices. That is where you will see men wearing neckties but obviously, there is air-conditioning in their offices. A person like me, whose work is to go around and show people some properties or meet with clients in different places, would wear jeans and sneakers on any normal day.
How people dress here in Nicaragua is different from how people dress in the United States. Grown men here in Nicaragua do not wear shorts unless they are at the beach. Even if it is 110 degrees, which it often is in Granada, they wear long pants or jeans paired with button down shirts, collared shirts, or any kind of polo shirt. There were a few times in the past when I have worn shorts and tee shirts in town, and people said to me, ‘Oh you just came back from the beach!’ or ‘Are you going to the beach today?’
Nicaraguans are a little more formal in their attire. When you are in the city, you dress for the city. In the first five or six years that I lived in Granada, I always wore long pants. I have started to break from that and now I wear cargo shorts. I always dress nicely and I never wear tee shirts. I always wear collared shirts, which are usually linen. Therefore, I am dressed up from waist up and casual from waist down. It is a cultural taboo to be dressed the way I am in a city. Gringos do that all the time and it is OK if you are on vacation but as a businessperson, I am not dressed appropriately and I have not been dressed appropriately for quite some time. I look as if I am on vacation. It is generally OK to wear shorts in the city if you are a vacationer but not a businessperson - you have to wear long pants. I always wear long pants when I go to Managua to see my attorney or to go to the mall.
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