The dress code for young people in Portugal is very casual. But then if you go to the theater or if you’re going to a formal dinner, then the dress code is quite dressed up. The Portuguese are very conscious of hair and makeup but then on the other hand, they are very casual. So dress code is quite important here, although going more to the casual side.
If you’re working in an office in England, there is a far more formal dress code than it is here unless you work in the bank. If you’re a manager in the bank or with lawyers then the dress code in Portugal is a little bit more formal.
The dress code in Portugal tends to change with the political situation. For example, the dress code in Portugal used to be very formal until the revolution in ’75, when it became very informal because the Communists took over. After the Communists were out of power, it became more formal again. But I don’t know how it will be now since we have two Communist parties who are part of the government.
(Portugal model and actress Soraia Chaves, pictured.)