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Gary De Spiegelaere of Celestun Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Wedding in Yucatan, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI have not worn closed shoes for 13 years. I go to weddings here in Mexico wearing sandals. I recently went to a tuxedo wedding in Merida (the largest city in the state of Yucatan in the Yucatan Peninsula) wearing sandals. I wear cut-offs 99% of the time, with short-sleeved shirts.
 
The only time where you should wear long pants is if you’re going to a government meeting, where, out of respect, you should wear long pants. Otherwise, you can wear cut-offs, t-shirts, and baseball caps all the time.
 
The dress code here I very casual. We go to Merida all the time and I usually wear my cut-offs or short-sleeved shirts. You can go into expensive 5-star restaurants wearing the same. You can also wear the same if you are going to a business meeting, depending on what the business meeting was about. If it was a meeting with notaries or a new lawyer who I’ve never met before or somebody from the government, I would definitely wear long pants. I would never wear a long-sleeved shirt, though.
 
Locals dress differently. Most of them wear long pants all the time, which I find rather odd because it is so hot here, but that is their tradition. A lot of Mexican males wear long-sleeved cotton shirts even if it’s hot outside. 
 
Female expats and female locals wear anything they want as long as their main bodily parts are covered up. It is frowned upon to go around in a string bikini unless you’re at the beach. If you are going to a restaurant in Merida, you can’t wear that.
 
(Wedding dance in Yucatan, Mexico, pictured.)
Wade Yarchan of Yucatan Beach Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
tropical cumberbund and bow tie set from Ebay – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhen we lived in Florida, we have lived a pretty amazing life. I sat on several boards and we did a lot of charity work, so having a tuxedo was a must, even though in Florida, the typical dress code was also flip flops, t-shirts, and shorts. When we came down here to Mexico we decided we were not going to be doing the social things that we did in the States, so we got rid of our tuxes and we got rid of our suits. I didn’t even bring a sports coat with me. But we brought cummerbunds and ties for some reason and that was just the strangest thing because we were asking ourselves, “Why are we bringing this?” We thought we would rent a tuxedo.
 
Here in Yucatan, when I have to put on shoes, it had better be really important. I live in t-shirts, shorts and flip flops 99% of the time. If I go to Merida at night, I will put on my slacks once in a great while although most of the time you could still go to Merida at night and get to restaurants in just flip flops and shorts.
 
We are living in a tropical place here. You are not going to wear sports coats. Get rid of all that stuff and just re-do your entire wardrobe. Wherever you go, irrespective of whether it is a government building or anything else, you would have the same dress code. I have been in government buildings and attorney’s offices in denim shorts or cargo shorts. I rarely every wear pants. The only time you ever wear pants here in Yucatan is when you need to such as when it is cold outside. You won’t see anybody wearing pants here. Even the locals have the same dress code.
 
(Tropical cummerbund and bow tie set from Ebay, pictured.)

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