Whether you have made an appointment yourself or you have been invited for a business lunch or a date, a fine-dining restaurant and its dress codes often put you in a dilemma. We help you decode those dress codes and help you have an experience of it in style.
1. Formals: Although 'formal' as a dress code is a rarity, when it is mentioned it must be strictly followed. If your taste echoes long-established norms, we suggest you wear a finely tailored suit. You want to avoid your suit and be experimental? Well, don’t. For women, those long gowns and elegant saris are just perfect until you wear one with a lot of embellishments. Your fine-dining ensemble should be subtle and classy; do not think of wearing the gown or lehenga that you wore to a wedding. Accessorize with a classy clutch and strappy sandals to look perfect.
(Photograph: Daniel Craig in a tailored grey suit)
What do they mean by 'Business Casuals' ? Click next to know.
2. Business Casuals: This dress code is often the most difficult to understand. By business casuals. we mean dressing as a professional, looking hassle-free yet neat and pulled together. You should also stick to this dress code for business meetings with clients or colleagues. For women, business casuals would include suits, collared shirts, knee-length skirts and even formal dresses. Saris and a smart churidaar suit are also acceptable. While choosing an outfit, avoid ones that reveal too much skin. Men may stick to their neat trousers, buttoned-up collar shirts and blazers. Tucked-in shirts, a proper watch and clean tied-up shoes are absolutely essential.
(Photograph: Shah Rukh Khan in a restaurant wearing a blazer over a white shirt)
Up next, 'Smart Casuals'.
3. Smart Casuals: When a fine-dining restaurant means casual, it isn’t giving an affirmation to walk in with your sweats and tees. This dress code invites you to wear outfits that are comfortable yet smart and elegant. For men, a polo tee is a great option. While going for a polo tee, opt for a light shade as these appear more casual than your dark and black ones. Pair them with trousers or fitted jeans. It is absolutely a must to wear good shoes. Mocassins and derby shoes would serve the purpose. For women, pencil skirts are a great option. Or go for an Indo-western outfit such a tunic or kurta with pants. Colour blocking them in bright shades works wonders. Avoid blingy details such as heavy embroidery or gold accessories. Wear this with ankle strap sandals or classy flats.
(Photograph: A model in a busy printed shirt)
The dress code called 'Jacket Required' on the next slide
4. Jacket Required: This dress code seems to have faded away with time and is only retained by a few restaurants. Just in case you happen to fall in love with one of them, wear your pants with tucked-in complementing shirts. As it clearly states, wear a dinner jacket. A linen jacket is your best bet for the summer. If your meeting is slightly informal, you may even choose to wear a contrasting blazer. Women may stick to their elegant outfits that range from tasteful separates to refined saris.
(Photograph: Micheal Douglas in an easy fitted linen suit)
What do you prefer to wear to a fine-dining restaurant ? Comment and tell us.