Historically, the people of the Federated
States of Micronesia wore simple and limited clothing. Women generally wore
grass skirts that reached at least to their knee and on some islands they would
also wear a wrap of sorts on their top, called a lava lava/laba laba,
but on most islands nothing was worn above the waist. Men wore nothing but loin
cloths, known as a thus, which is often blue, red, or white.
Today western-styled clothing has taken hold in the
Federated States of Micronesia as shorts or skirts are common as are t-shirts
and the traditional lava lava/laba laba. For women skirts are
very common as they come in numerous styles and patterns, which can reflect the
region they are from. No matter the clothing, women always make sure their skirts
reach to their knees if not longer.
As a visitor to the Federated States of Micronesia
there are essentially two dress codes to follow. In resorts and on beaches catered
to tourists swimwear of nearly all types is acceptable (although nudity is not),
while outside these resorts the dress should be more modest. Women should not expose
any skin above the knees and covering your shoulders is also recommended. For men,
wearing shorts and a t-shirt is perfectly acceptable. If you want to fit in better,
buy a lava lava/laba laba upon arrival and wear that over your
shorts or skirt.