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What clothing is typically worn in Panama?

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Natives of the Republic of Panama see dressing well as a sign of respect, so men typically wear long pants or jeans and a collared shirt, while women often wear sundresses or pants and a trendy blouse. Notably, it is illegal to go shirtless in Panama.

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Panama enjoys a tropical climate with average temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, shorts are not typically worn; visitors generally wear long pants made from a light material. Traditional garb for women includes a pollera, which is a ruffled blouse that is worn off the shoulders, and a ruffled skirt. There are ornate versions worn in parades and cultural events that take up to a year of sewing to complete, and there are versions for everyday wear, called pollera montuna.

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