- Formal. Going to see a classical music concert, the opera or theater carries an expectation of formal dress. It is not uncommon for students to dress quite formally for their oral exams at university, too. This means a suit, tie, dress pants and dress shoes for a guy and blouse or formal dress for a woman. It doesn’t have to be an evening dress, unless you’re going to a ball in which case it’s almost always the rule. One thing is for certain: denim is forbidden. A piece of formal clothing which you might want to avoid is anything with an argyle print. You won’t cause offense wearing it, but people might chuckle behind your back.
- Casual Wear. The fishing vest, at least amongst certain age groups, is not only worn when fishing. They can be seen in gardens, on the street and even in pubs. Another type of attire which is quite popular is military garb. This is particularly popular among the so-called tramp sub-culture: these are people fond of cottages, acoustic guitars and country and western music. Czechs seem to be less body conscious than most people from English speaking countries. When it’s hotter it’s not uncommon to see woman in swimsuits while they tend to their garden or men going shirtless. This same lack of reserve is not found in the cities or towns.
- Footwear. Older Czech men are also accused of the fashion crime of wearing socks with sandals. As for younger Czechs, they will often be kitted out in tights up to the age of five or six during the colder months.
- Hats and coats really should be hung up on hooks or hats stands or placed in the coat room. Some people are displeased with leaving jackets on the backs of chairs or neatly folded and placed on the coach. Of course, exceptions are made when there are a lot of visitors. You definitely shouldn’t wear your hats inside.