In Portugal appearances matter. People are fashion conscious, and looks are important, particularly in cities. Clothing can
be considered as a mark of social standing and success. Emphasis is placed on wearing quality clothes made of good fabrics:
the most expensive that you can afford.
Clothing, formal and otherwise, in Portugal is just about the same as in places like Washington DC or New York City. Suits
and dresses are worn. All attire is nearly the same as it is here.