Above in the photo are normal Dominicans in Puerto Plata, north on the island, present at the February Carnival in 2023. Apart from the folks that had dressed up, the general Dominican dress code strolling the carnival was pretty casual!
So, are there any special things to know about the dress code and clothing in the Dominican Republic in 2023?
Traditional Taino Dominican Dress In The Dominican Republic?
The dress code in the Dominican Republic in 2023 is pretty much what is appropriate for the climate and temperatures in the Caribbean.
Still, the Dominicans Republic are dressing a bit more conservatively than they do in Cuba.
I found the photo above on Istock Photos, saying this is a Dominican girl dressed as a Taino.
During my two months traveling the Dominican Republic in 2023 (where I did the cacao ceremony with Tainos), no one was dressed like that – I can say for sure.
The Taino traditional clothing has an Indian vibe, with cotton robes and simple jewelry, along with symbols in the hair and the clothes for gods and ancestors.
Defined Traditional Dress In The Dominican Republic!
In 2007, the National Council of Culture picked a cultural dress design by Carlos de Moya, which would be the official cultural clothing for the Dominican Republic.
Before this, the DR did not have a national garment or traditional outfit.
The new design was officially named “Cultivo de la Vida” and a resolution was passed to formally make it the national dress!
Dominican Dress Code In 2023
For the modern Dominicans, the dress code is pretty normal, and what you might expect on a Caribbean island where there is heat and humidity.
The exception might be in some parts of the nightlife where the dresses are short, tight, and bling-bling, and in areas that are close to the beach or on a boat trip.
Dominicans dress rather casually when not working or at a formal event!
Wrap-Up Traditional Dominican Dress 2023
Dress appropriately for the weather and temperature in the Dominican Republic, and stay on the conservative side of skirt tightness and length if you want to blend in!
Unlike Cuba, where a long t-shirt is considered equal to a formal dress for dinner, they are a bit more uptight in the Dominican Republic.
Although not in the fanciest nightclubs, or on the beach, in these two places, you can bling up and dress up as you wish!
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