While D.C. defies many of its stereotypes, do keep in mind that this is still a conservative town when business, politics and diplomacy are involved. Office dress codes, compared to other cities, are decidedly more formal.
- Dark-colored suits are the norm for men, paired with solid pressed shirts and discreet silk ties.
- Suits are also commonplace for women. Keep your heels at modest height (and closed-toe).
- Remember, this is not the place to experiment with trends, bright patterns or flashy jewelry.