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#1 Aug 11th, 2008, 18:42
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I've read a few posts on the site on what to wear, but I have a couple of specific questions that I figure is best posted here - I imagine clothing customs vary considerably between regions?

1/ Mrs GCB wants to know what she should pack for work; I.E. is western business-wear acceptable, or should skirts be below the knee, shirts be loose fitting, and how formal is it likely to be? She's in I.T.

(My first attempt at the above sentence said 'should skirts be below the waist, shits be loose fitting' - I'm glad I re-read before posting!)


2/ Are we likely to need any form of warm clothing whatsoever? Does it ever get cool in the evenings? Any hill country nearby that we're likely to visit that requires extra layers, for example? Ferocious air conditioning in restaurants?

3/ Should we put all our jeans into storage?

Thanks

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Originally Posted by Greasy Chip Butty View Post Are we likely to need any form of warm clothing whatsoever? Does it ever get cool in the evenings? Any hill country nearby that we're likely to visit that requires extra layers, for example? Ferocious air conditioning in restaurants?

3/ Should we put all our jeans into storage?
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We'll be arriving late September / early October, should be there for a minumum of 6 months, maybe a couple of years.
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Best for your fellow countrymen to answer the 'cool' or not question. I was in shorts & t-shirt during off days - even in winter .... while our Aussie colleagues were all bundled up in 'jumpers' etc.

It really depends on what temps you're used to.
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I thought Chennai was hot and I was there in the winter - December. The thought of jeans would be unbearable.. but if you go to some hill station area e.g. Ooty, then you might want them.
Not so long ago there was a thread re what to wear to work - many posters said what you would wear normally for a business outfit - western- but I think the skirt would be below the knee.
Some also wore salwar kameez or kurta with pants. Is there any way Mrs GCB could contact the company and ask them?
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I think the dress code thing has been well covered in other threads. (see the bottom of the page for pointers; they system is quite good at finding out other alike threads)

They say that Chennai has three seasons: hot, hotter and hottest... but of course it depends where you come from. It's easier to live here than somewhere that hits the 40s in summer and freezes in the winter. We never get within 15 or 20 degrees of 'freeze'.

The problem with our climate, for most people, including those who have lived all their lives here, is the humidity. It is always humid. I say that I don't mind the climate, because I quite enjoy simmering!
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hot ,hotter,hottest -best words as described earlier.three seasons-mar-jul(hottest above 35 touching 40 sometimes particularly apr,may)aug-sept(ok below 35 30-33 c) oct-nov(rain) jan-mar(winter ie.least hot months we dont have a winter here lol).jeans and t-shirts are perfect for any season for outside wear..
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hey dress ummm most of women who frequent (short visits from usa and aus) our office(IT same DLF complex) are in skirts and loose shirts.but since its a six month stay i would recommend salwar kameez.thats more indian type and suits the weather . And it would not attract people as like any other dress like skirts upto knee might .
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Jeans... too hot for the non-native-born. Loose, fine cottons is much more comfortable.

I remember being amazed at a local friend of mine turning up in corduroy trousers one day... like I wear in UK winter!
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Thanks guys.

I hadn't scrolled all the way down to the bottom & noticed the 'similar threads' section. Good call.

So as regards weekends or day trips to 'hill station areas' - would that require just a sweatshirt, or should we consider actually bringing coats?

Clearly, if we end up living in Chennai for a few years we'd hope to travel all round India and would presumably need coats for the far north, but I'm thinking in the short to medium term before we get our stuff shipped in.

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I think I'm in danger of disappearing up my own behind with this.
Thinking logically, I'm absolutely not going to take up valuable suitcase space with bulky clothing.

I may just be asking questions for the sake of it - a product of my excitement at coming to Chennai?

Apologies, everyone, but I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas Eve.

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GCB - for the cold, don't bring coats taking up a lot of room. If you have a lightweight polar fleece type jacket that's good. If you end up going somewhere where there is snow, you can easily buy extra warm stuff here in India. Woollen shawls are also cheap and good.
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Originally Posted by Greasy Chip Butty View Post I think I'm in danger of disappearing up my own behind with this.
Thinking logically, I'm absolutely not going to take up valuable suitcase space with bulky clothing.
If you'd feel happier knowing you had something warm, don't forget that airlines let you carry on a coat. I carried my fleece with me into India, not for my trip there but for my return! When flying budget (which means carryon only) I carry my goretex jacket with my fleece tucked inside like a lining - and fill the pockets with heavy stuff. They never weigh coats.
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I may just be asking questions for the sake of it - a product of my excitement at coming to Chennai?

Apologies, everyone, but I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas Eve.
Don't worry about it, I went through exactly the same stage, this post has reminded me about how nervous but thrilled I was before my recent visit. I also asked strings of questions!
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Clothing for IT

I've found that a nice pair of pants and nice shirt (long-sleeved because the a/c is cold on my floor)is sufficient. You do need to have a nice blazer/outfit when clients come acalling, but they tend to dress casual due to the hot weather.

My co. makes Monday "professional" clothing day, so the men do wear a tie, but I just wear a white shirt and black pants.

There is not as much western clothing here to buy as in Mumbai, for example--the trick is to find the stores that carry the overstocking of clothes that were to be exported abroad, because the pants and shirts in the stores tend to fit slim Indian women. On the other hand, if you bring your favorite clothing, tailors here will copy it.

You will need some warmer clothing if you plan to travel in North India in Nov.-Dec.

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