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Cathie Smith LoCicero of Cathie Smith Insurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Cathie LoCiero in her signature hat, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAs an elegant lady who loves to get all dolled up, the way they dress in Los Cabos – La Paz is a frustration for me because I do like to get dressed up for events, but the dress code is very casual. If you're going to hang out, you can wear shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops and just go do your thing. If you're going to go to a nicer restaurant, you can get by with some khaki slacks. You don't need a shirt and tie and the traditional blue blazer and gray slacks. Put on your khaki pants, some shoes that actually close and not flip-flops, and a nice short-sleeved cotton shirt. 
 
For ladies running errands in Los Cabos, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable.  In La Paz, it's a little more formal. Even today, I would not be running around the streets of La Paz and would not go inside some of the nice stores dressed super casually. I would wear some nice shorts, a nice short-sleeved cotton blouse, and pretty sandals. Sun dresses are fun for us ladies to wear. I'm known for wearing hats all the time because with all that sunshine, it's good for our skin to wear hats to protect our skin from the sunburn. 
 
Americans and Canadians in Los Cabos and other parts of Mexico are very conscientious about their community, raising funds for the fire department, kids' scholarships, old people's homes, and animals. There are a lot of fun charity events going on where we have a chance to get dressed up.
 
It would be frustrating for me to go to these charity events because I would go in and have on a nice cocktail dress, heels, and fancy earrings, but all the guys would still try to get away with khaki pants and sometimes they even show up in shorts. 
 
It's a very casual way of living and dressing in Los Cabos and La Paz. You could leave your tux at home. You probably would want to donate all those nice silk ties, but maybe save one.  
 
(Cathie LoCiero in one of her signature hat, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, pictured.)
Jimena Malagamba of La Ventana Bay Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Balandro Beach outside of La Paz, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Cabo San Lucas is casual elegant dining out at night and flip-flops and the shorts and your swimsuit that you could wear walking in the streets, which is no problem. La Paz is a little bit more casual. The dress code is not so serious. You will be able to get into every restaurant that you want. Nobody’s going to kick you out if you don’t have shoes or a tie. In our little town of El Sargento, the dress code is sandals and shorts; something comfortable.  The only opportunities for you to be fashionista in these three places is if you focus on your bikini or swimsuit. 
 
However, if you’re invited to a party in our little town, you are expected to look good and dress up for special occasions like weddings, quinceañera (the traditional “coming of age” for a 15 year old girl), baptisms, and if you are invited particularly to a house to have dinner, they expect you to look nice.  Don’t show up in a tank top with sandals on. 
 
The expats usually dress in a way more relaxed way than the locals. As an example, the local men would very rarely be caught in shorts, unless it’s Saturday or Sunday. A Mexican man may wear a tank top, but they like buttoned shirts or polo shirts, even the workers.  Mexicans like to look good. They like their brands. They dress up.
 
(Balandra Beach outside of La Paz, Mexico, pictured.)
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Mónica Sors  fashion blogger from Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingRelative to the dress code in Los Cabos and La Paz, I’ve seen people in thong bikinis and flip-flops walking down the main street but it is not really that acceptable. Surprisingly, what people do not realize is that Mexico is a conservative country, even though the tourists and especially the young kids at Spring break do not dress that way.
 
However, Los Cabos is definitely a casual area. Even if you go to a nice restaurant, you will see people wearing blue jeans and a button down shirt or a pair of nice shorts and a button down shirt. That is acceptable. I personally like to dress up for dinner if I am going out to a regular restaurant but the fashion is all over the place and thank God we don’t have fashion police down here because a lot of people would be in fashion jail! 
 
You would regularly see people in flip flops or in tennis shoes; it’s pretty casual. All I say is, when you’re in a restaurant and you are a big man, please wear a shirt and if you are a big woman, please don’t wear belly tops.
 
You will see some people here will really be dressed up at night regardless of where they are going. The locals usually dress nicely because they are in uniforms and they are used to dressing nicely. That is just their custom. People who are in a business setting always have business attire on and that is not unusual to see. If a family is going to church, they are dressed to the nines. You will see the men in slacks and button down shirts and the women are in dresses.
 
We Los Cabos is a “beachy” tourist town and many times we look like a beachy tourist town but then we also have very nice places that are upscale and exclusive to go to and in these places you’re going to see men and women really dressed up nicely. Do you have to pack a suit to come to Cabo? No, because that is not one of those things that is required but overall, fashion here in Cabo is not standard. My point is, dress appropriately for where you are. Yes, you are in Mexico but if your children say, “Oooh, mom, dad, what the heck did you do?” you know that what you’re wearing is not good enough for the street. That would be the barometer.
 
(Mónica Sors  fashion blogger from Mexico, pictured.)

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