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post #16 of 26
Depends on the restaurant. Fancy not necessarily means conservative. If you insist on doing something somewhat unnatural for a specific environment and you are the first to feel out of place, the whole situation is gonna be rather forced and, worst thing, you'd make your partner feel uncomfortable.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by plei89 View Post

I agree with what has been said, IF the location is appropriate.
I just hope you're not wearing a suit into a casual restaurant. You'd look VERY out of place. I've once seen a guy in full suit and a woman in a cocktail dress eating in a local family-run restaurant. Needless to say, everyone was staring at them.
ETA: nvm, just realized you wrote "fancy" restaurant.

I could not disagree more. You wear what you are comfortable with and let people stare. I travel a lot to the sticks in the midwest and Texas and Oklahoma and I make absolutely no point to dress like the yocals. In addition, I like the tradition from "How I Met Your Mother" where they have tux night (simply hanging out at the local bars as they always do, just in a tux. It gives the impression that you are going/coming somewhere important and chances are good you will end up somewhere interesting. There is nothing wrong with wearing proper evening wear in a casual setting.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Stavebomb View Post

I have reservations at a "fancy" restaurant tonight for valentines day. I wear a suit to work every day, but am still young enough to not be comfortable with the etiquette. Am I supposed to wear my suit jacket while eating, or should I take it off?

Keep the suit jacket and blazer on, leave the coat aside

even a student would know this, besides you wear suits everyday, so why would you be uncomfortable with it?
post #19 of 26
BTW

It will be nice if someone can correct me, I am going to Gordon Ramsey in Hospital Road tomorrow for lunch. I believe I should wear a suit and tie since it is a 3 M-stars place. Am I correct?

Thank you
post #20 of 26
If you are self-conscious about wearing a jacket at dinner, take it off and tie the arms around your neck, like Italians do with sweaters.

Then, order food in a mysterious accent.
post #21 of 26

If you are not planning on being properly attired for any possible occasion or event that you might attend, then it's best to call ahead and confirm any possible dress code.

 

The good news is that since so many do not dress properly, many of the better places do have loaner jackets and ties to help keep their standards in place and in action. But, if you do not plan ahead, non-admission is always a possible outcome.

 

A suit and tie with proper shirt and shoes is sure to get you past all but the most restrictive dress code. Not to mention, the effect it they will have on your companion and all the possible positive outcomes that your companion might offer you in return for being properly attired which is in fact, a measure of the respect and affection which you maintain for them.

 

If you want to do something trivial, then do it with something other than the way you dress. Do something trivial like deliver them a flower or more.

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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

BTW
It will be nice if someone can correct me, I am going to Gordon Ramsey in Hospital Road tomorrow for lunch. I believe I should wear a suit and tie since it is a 3 M-stars place. Am I correct?
Thank you


 

post #22 of 26

I say keep it on.

post #23 of 26

It depends.  Is the jacket single or double breasted?  If the temperature of the restaurant is comfortable, single breasted jackets should be worn and left unbuttoned.  Double breasted jackets should be worn and buttoned.  If the restaurant is unusually hot, the most senior person, which might be your Mum or g/f or client, etc, might invite gentlemen to remove jackets if they wish. In which case, get the waiter to hang it up in preference to hanging it on the back of your chair.  If you're not invited, don't remove your jacket even if it is unbearably warm.  Just my $0.02 worth.

post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Twonko View Post

It depends.  Is the jacket single or double breasted?  If the temperature of the restaurant is comfortable, single breasted jackets should be worn and left unbuttoned.  Double breasted jackets should be worn and buttoned.  If the restaurant is unusually hot, the most senior person, which might be your Mum or g/f or client, etc, might invite gentlemen to remove jackets if they wish. In which case, get the waiter to hang it up in preference to hanging it on the back of your chair.  If you're not invited, don't remove your jacket even if it is unbearably warm.  Just my $0.02 worth.


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post #25 of 26
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post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Stavebomb View Post

I have reservations at a "fancy" restaurant tonight for valentines day. I wear a suit to work every day, but am still young enough to not be comfortable with the etiquette. Am I supposed to wear my suit jacket while eating, or should I take it off?

I would definitely wear the jacket and wear it with confidence.
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