Singapore does not have a dress code, so we have an ExpatWoman guide for what to wear as the heat increases
3 February 2014| Last updated on 31 July 2019
Is there an official dress code in Singapore?
There is no official dress code in Singapore, and while getting hot and heavy with your boyfriend is a no-no and walking around your apartment naked is an offence that can incur a fine, what you wear in and around the city is totally up to you.
Weather in Singapore
The weather in Singapore is constant and temperatures range from 30 - 35°C degrees (86 - 95°F) during the day and around 25°C (77°F) at night. The humidity is high and if you are outside for long periods of time you will sweat so make sure that you carry antiperspirant and an extra t-shirt.
The problem with what you wear comes in when you are going in and out.
Dressing in public places
Singaporeans love their air conditioning and sometimes the malls, offices and the metro are quite cold, so cold in fact that you can see people wearing scarves and jackets indoors.
Hence the best way to dress for a day out is to always have a small scarf and cardigan with you when you go to malls, restaurants and generally anywhere indoors. These items of clothing are light and thin so can easily be kept in your handbag. Similarly, the cinema is cold too so plan to cover up in there as well.
If you are, however, spending the day at the park… wear as few clothes as possible and ensure that your clothing is made of; cotton, linen or silk. It’s warm and humid, so it’s good to be prepared.
Office environment in Singapore
The office environment in Singapore is quite formal hence wearing blazers and warm cardigans will be easy to tie into your office wardrobe. It is also good to have a poncho or pashmina at your desk, you can cover up if the air conditioning is quite chilly, but it’s easy to leave behind at the desk when you have to go to meetings.
Clothing in public transport
If you are taking public transport, whether it’s the taxi or the Metro, be warned – it’s well cooled, so plan your wardrobe accordingly.
Dressing for evening events in Singapore
Finally whatever the evening occasion, you cannot go wrong by dressing up for it. Wear your cute cocktail dresses to a fancy bar or a party dress to a night club. Singaporeans know how to have a good time and karaoke bars are especially popular. Dressing up for any occasion is a must, just keep that air conditioning in mind.