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Walking in Casco Viejo, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Casco Viejo would be light clothing and comfortable shoes. It is better to wear light clothes and sports shoes because you would be walking a lot in Casco Viejo. The buildings are old and if you want to go inside the ruins, it would be dusty and dirty. Panama is a hot country so wearing light clothing is preferable.
 
If you are going to church, there might be some churches that will not allow you to get in wearing shorts as a matter of respect for the place.
 
Most tourists where shorts in Casco Viejo; they wear Bermuda shorts. Locals dress a little differently from tourists. When I go to work, I do not wear open-toed shoes. Sometimes I wear flats or platforms. I use skirts or pants but they are all relaxed clothing. I sometimes wear dresses but they are still all made of light fabric. It is important to wear clothes that are not going to be uncomfortable to wear in a hot climate. 
 
During the evenings, you might see some people dressed up for dinners in the restaurants here in Casco Viejo. Some restaurants here in Casco Viejo have dress codes. As an example, Grapes, which is a restaurant here, will not let you in if you are wearing shorts or sports shoes. Panamanians dress up when they go to dinners here in Casco Viejo. 
 
The dress code also depends on where you are going. Some young people who are going out at night to party could wear shorts and open shoes and the bars let them in. There are several different dress codes here in Casco Viejo if you are coming here for nightlife and entertainment.  
 
(Walking in Casco Viejo, Panama, pictured.)
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Tito Puente Jr. at the Panama Jazz Festival – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Casco Antiguo / Casco Viejo varies. This area is known to be a place where you can go and have a good time, so you will see a lot of local people and expats who have been around for a while who will go out “dressed up to the nines.” You will see them walking down the streets of Casco Antiguo / Casco Viejo in the latest fashion and expensive clothing, but that is mostly the scene during the evening.
 
We also have backpackers and / or people who stay at the hostels.  They usually wear t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, and flip flops, and that is fine as well. You will typically see people dressed that way during the day when it is really hot and you don’t want to wear much.
 
This is the general mix of clothing styles you will find in Casco Viejo.  The dress code could be really fancy, fashion forward, or very casual with a lot of the “I just came from the beach”
look.
 
(Tito Puente Jr. performing at the Panama Jazz Festival, pictured.)
Rey Bazán of Activentas, S.A. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
(Casco Viejo and Casco Antiguo are different names for the same place.)
 
The dress code in Casco Viejo is casual; lots of Bermuda shorts, tee shirts or linen shirts, and khaki jeans.  But, if you go to a restaurant or to a theater, you may want to put on a blazer or a jacket or something similar.
 
It is not true that Panamanians will not wear shorts under any circumstances.  (During work, however, I only wear long pants, regardless of how hot it is.)
 
There isn’t much of a difference in dress code in Casco Viejo between the expats and the locals; they tend to wear the same thing.  A growing trend seems to be flip-flops and tank tops.  Still, more people will wear Bermuda shorts and penny loafers or topsiders.
 
We have a good amount of lawyers and architects here in Casco Viejo, who will tend to dress casually as well.  But then you have people working for government agencies, who wear a coat and tie, or a guayabera.  A guayabera is a more traditional shirt like a safari shirt, usually made of linen or cotton; very appealing. 
 
Businesswomen will wear suits; a skirt and jacket, or a dress.   Women who are not in business will wear slacks with Polo-type shirts.  
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I "second" Patrizia's comments about Casco Viejo.  I would also note that Panamanians, in Panama City, Panama wear long pants--both men and women.  Some wear REALLY tight jeans (not sure how they do that; but then, again, we sweat and they don't even glisten.)  To stay cool but be respectful of local dress conventions (only tourists wear shorts), I wear long shorts, capris, and cotton shift dresses for daily wear, e.g. dog walking.  (Evening is a different matter).  Besides having a bit of modesty and decorum, the key is dressing COOL--natural fibers e.g. cotton, linen, rayon.  That and really comfortable shoes for walking (except at night, when you can bring the 4"+  heels out, as the Panamanians do...but then, most use valet parking.)
Patrizia Pinzon of Arco Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dressing in Casco Viejo, an enclave of Panama City, Panama! I could be tempted to say casual, but I think at some point we started to refer to it as "cosmotropical wear".  Depending on where you are coming from, Panama and Casco Viejo are either "hot" or "very hot". Summers are "Not so hot" because we have fresh breeze coming from the ocean. Evenings are definitely the best time! My recommendation is always to wear sunblock during the day. Light fabrics like linen and others are a delight to wear here. Casco Viejo calls for low shoes, free yourself from the claws of high heels! There are some cool brands like Melissa shoes that have all the glam and none of the back pain.  If you are going to an event where most likely the place is a/c, then you can wear something a bit heavier. I always carry with me a chal of some sort for evening events, that way I`m covered!

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