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Collection of dress codes in Poland - what to wear?

pgtx 30 | 3,156
19 Jul 2010 #61
What is the dress code at these private english language schools? If there is no dress code, then what do male esl teachers most commonly wear to class?

the school should provide this kind of information...
Englishman 2 | 278
21 Jul 2012 #62
Merged:Polish girls/women: prefer wearing skirts/dresses or trousers?

I have another question for Polish women and girls. In general, do you prefer wearing skirts and dresses, or trousers? What is the reason for this preference?
Madzia22 - | 72
21 Jul 2012 #63
We prefer to wear trousers so we look more independant.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
21 Jul 2012 #64
according to the weather, that is.
Englishman 2 | 278
21 Jul 2012 #65
Madzia22: We prefer to wear trousers so we look more independent.

So you see trousers as a symbol of feminism? Is this the view of most Polish women? And are Polish women mainly feminists?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
21 Jul 2012 #66
So you see trousers as a symbol of feminism?

please be serious. it's about what's practical and what's in fashion. and it's jeans not trousers
PolkaTagAlong 10 | 186
21 Jul 2012 #67
Personally, I like skirts better, but jeans or pants are more appropriate for work and school. I like skirts and dresses better, because when I wear one, it's my fun day. I'm kind of unconventional about fashion. I just like what I like, and what looks good on me, I don't necessarily follow the trends.
kondzior 12 | 1,221
22 Jul 2012 #68
I prefere women that wear trousers. Especially when thay bend over, to pick something from the floor.
WielkiPolak 58 | 1,024
22 Jul 2012 #69
Following trends is strange to me. I have never followed a trend. Sometimes I like to use/wear stuff that lots of other people also like so I am similar in that way but I never go, oh, lots of people are doing this or wearing this so have to as well. I had a haircut recently but it was because I was sick of my hair falling in to my eyes [had not cut it for about 10 months] and just said, short back and sides with a bit more on the top but generally short. I did not cut it due to thinking it would make girls like it or because I want to fit in to a certain type of sub culture. There is making an effort and that is fine but then there is also doing what you think others want from you and makes them accept you. That is where it goes wrong.
Englishman 2 | 278
22 Jul 2012 #70
I'm interested that you consider jeans or pants more appropriate for work and school; a lot of people would regard skirts as smarter and more professional attire. But I think it's nice that you prefer wearing skirts and dresses, and also that you like wearing what looks good on you, rather than pursuing the latest trends.
beckski 12 | 1,617
23 Jul 2012 #71
I tend to wear business-like dresses for work. Dresses are also more comfortable, when the weather is hot & sticky! Been wearing summer attire dresses and capri pants lately. During winter months, I wear jeans for warmth.
Barney 15 | 1,508
23 Jul 2012 #72
and also that you like wearing what looks good on you, rather than pursuing the latest trends.

Yeah I do that as well T shirt, jeans and DMs tried and tested since 1978 no reason to change now.
adamsmith3450 - | 1
20 Mar 2013 #73
Hi all...
Skirts and trousers are two different outfits. To look stylish and fashionable these two outfits plays a very important role. For looking good these two outfits are really amazing and every girl/women love to wear skirts as well as trousers. Trousers and skirts both can be wear as formal/professional wear by women. With these outfits girls can also wear other outfits too that can make them more stylish and add a new look in their fashion. Women can also wear other outfits like, women leather jackets, leather coats, women leather pants, biker jackets, bombers etc. to look smarty and fashionable. You can buy all these leather outfits online from at reasonable prices.

ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
20 Mar 2013 #74
Polish boys/men prefer wearing skirts/dresses or trousers?

....just thought I'd ask.
28 Jun 2013 #75
Hi i'm not polish, but in wsrsaw at the moment.
Upon arriving, i was wearing quite a short jersy skirt, you know, the basic kind feom h&m that ends half-way down the thigh. I felt stared at in quite a offensive way, which has never happened to me before, neither in germany, swedwn or in the uk. Then i noticedevery woman around was either wearing trousers or a knee-length or longer skirt.

Do polish women generally not show their legs?
smurf 39 | 1,981
28 Jun 2013 #76
they sure do, maybe you had some toilet paper stuck to your shoe :P
WielkiPolak 58 | 1,024
28 Jun 2013 #77
Probably depends on the area. It could be that you were in an area where it would be considered less appropriate. If nobody was wearing anything like you, then I would assume that was the case. It actually surprises me that got stares in Warsaw. I have always seen it as a more liberal, mix and match type of moral-less area city, when compared with other Polish cities at least.
Englishman 2 | 278
29 Jun 2013 #78
@ Tourist, I wonder if there was a reason why other women were more covered up? For instance, was it a cold day, or perhaps a Sunday when many of the women were going to or from Church?

Merged: Intriguing question about Polish women and clothing

I've mentioned before that I've noticed how few Polish women and girls wear skirts and dresses, both here in the UK and when I've visited Poland. Even in the middle of summer they are much more likely to wear trousers than say English women. I've speculated whether this may be a feminist thing as I think that feminism is more important to Polish women than some other nationalities.

However I've also noticed some inconsistencies. I enjoy watching sports on TV, and in indoor volleyball, until a few years ago there was a really good Polish team called Winiary Kalisz. One of the most noticeable things about the team is that its players all wore bikini-type bottoms long after other teams switched to shorts, as shown here:

Poland sport

In 2012, just before the London Olympics, there was a lot of controversy in the sports media here because the governing body of women's boxing was trying to get the competitors at the Games to wear skirts, rather than shorts. The move was inspired by the Polish team, which dressed that way, as shown here:

Poland sport girl

Finally, I see that Poland has a new top volleyball team, replacing Winiary Kalisz. It's called Atom Trefl. Again it has a different uniform than all the other league teams: they wear short skirts, rather than shorts:

Poland sportswoman

These things make me think that femininity is a highly prized quality in Poland, and that Polish athletes prefer not to wear any kind of trousers if they can possibly avoid it. And yet, in normal daily life, Polish women hardly ever wear skirts or dresses - despite being, on average, very attractive.

Being a typical man, I realise that trying to understand how women think is a mug's game, but I can't help wondering whether I've missed something because of the apparent contradiction. Anyone here, especially female and Polish, able to explain the thinking?
Magdalena 3 | 1,837
17 Apr 2014 #79
Comfort is the key issue here. I love skirts and dresses myself, but most of my female friends prefer trousers because there's less hassle. I don't think there's a lot of pressure put on Polish girls to look or act particularly feminine, I can't remember any from when I was growing up, you just put on whatever felt right. If you're out and about, trousers are always an easier choice, and skirts are often associated with dressing up for a major event or party. Don't look for any ideology surrounding this - there isn't any.
Englishman 2 | 278
17 Apr 2014 #80
Thanks Magdalena. I wondered whether the obvious preference of the Polish female volleyballers and boxers for not wearing trousers meant that Polish women were generally inclined to be more feminine, whereas in everyday life it seems to me that while they are undoubtedly beautiful, they prefer practicality and comfort in their clothing choices. It seems a strange way round to me...
Magdalena 3 | 1,837
17 Apr 2014 #81
The sportswomen wear whatever they are told to wear by whoever manages their team / club. So I don't think it says anything about their personal choices in the matter. I think Polish women in general haven't got the weird hangups some western (or at least English and American women) seem to have about their appearance. I think Polish women in general know that clothes do not create personality, their function is to serve a personality, so personality comes first.
Englishman 2 | 278
17 Apr 2014 #82
I hadn't thought of that, maybe the sports uniforms are provided by managers or sponsors who know they'll get more fans if they look nicer.

I know what you mean about Polish women being less obsessed about their appearances. In particular, I think they are less attracted to wearing well-known brands. Some British people, both men and women, like to wear clothing with the brand names written all over them, which is something I haven't seen in Poland and have seen much less on Polish people living in the UK.
Levi_BR 6 | 219
17 Oct 2014 #83
Merged: Dress Code in Poland

What are the dress codes in Poland for the following situations:

- Go out to the supermarket

- Go for a mall to buy something

- Go to a good restaurant

- Go run at a park. (Is allowed to run shirtless in the summer?)

Thanks guys!
Cardno85 31 | 976
17 Oct 2014 #84
You will find most occaisions are pretty casual, and even in most workplaces the dress code is smart casual at the strictest. Wear whatever you are comfortable in because it will look much less forced and more natural.
#work it girl
18 Jan 2016 #85
The Polish church regulations are the same for a catholic church.

My great great grandmother was the daughter of a duch and duches, and was alive during the holicast. She had to pretend to be a lady in wating. Her mother and father were killed, but she survived longer.
jon357 71 | 20,799
18 Jan 2016 #86
duch and duche

A what?

If you mean Duke and Duchess, neither are Polish titles.
23 Jan 2023 #87
I will be attending a Polish wedding in June of 2023. What would be appropriate to wear? How formal of a dress? Thank you.
Joker 3 | 3,157
23 Jan 2023 #88
I will be attending a Polish wedding in June of 2023.

You better be careful at those Polish wedding parties, they can go for days. Its fun, but be prepared to drink lots of Wodka.

I wouldnt wear one of those old wool vests or hat. People will laugh at you if you do,except the Babcias of course.

Just dress like youre going out for a classy dinner.

pawian 200 | 21,490
23 Jan 2023 #89
How formal of a dress?

Jeans and T-shirts are excluded. Wear smart garb.

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