The traditional dress of Nicaragua is fairly simple in style and design, but European-influenced
in style. For men the traditional dress was a loose-fitting white shirt and long
pants with perhaps a sun hat. For the women the traditional dress was a long skirt
or dress, but instead of white the dress tended to be very colorful, generally in
yellow, orange, or blue, sometimes also with simple embroidery on them.
Today the Nicaraguans rarely wear this traditional dress, although it is somewhat
common for certain events and occasions. More commonly, the Nicaraguans wear modern
western-styled clothing, but they tend to dress somewhat conservatively as long
pants and long-sleeved shirts are common in most locations, but on weekends and
along the beaches, shorts and short-sleeve shirts are popular. As a visitor to Nicaragua
you are welcome to wear multiple different clothes, but in business and religious
settings you are expected to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. If in doubt, dress
on the more conservative side and remember sunbathing naked or women sunbathing
topless is often restricted so check with locals before doing so.