How To Dress

The Dutch are casual dressers. Looking the part is important, though most Dutch people prefer not to draw too much attention with their outfits.

In the business world, for executive positions or positions that require regular business to business contact, men will usually wear a suit and tie, and women tend to wear a (ladies’) suit. There are major differences in how people dress in various business settings. The nature of an organisation is a determining factor when it comes to dress code. Banks are known for a ‘suit culture’, whereas casual clothing is usually the standard for organisations in the cultural sector.

Examples of typically Dutch (clothes) shops are: Hema, Bijenkorf, C&A and Hunkemöller (lingerie). The number of Dutch high fashion clothing brands is ever increasing. Visit our shopping page to find out more about shopping in the Leiden region.