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What Should I Wear as a Host?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LostnConfused, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. LostnConfused

    LostnConfused Member

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    Hi, I'm new to the forums but I've lurked around and found that the posters on this site are witty and highly fashionable so i've come here for help.

    Long story short, I got a job as a host at this high end sushi restaurant that becomes kinda cool and hip during late night happy hour. I don't know what to wear, what to buy or where to get the clothes I need. I was thinking along the lines of vests, gray or black dress pants, slim fit shirts, bow ties, ties, pocket squares, a watch, a necklace (too much?), suspenders, and shoes. My goal is to look good at and outside of work.

    Background: I'm 6 feet tall, slim/skinny, just graduated college this summer (i.e, pretty broke), and living in california where there's pretty much no seasons and it's warm out all the time.

    As I mentioned above, i lurked around and found that a lot of people here like CW and Brooks Brothers for shirts? I guess i'll start my search there.

    Thank you so much in advance. I look forward to all the advice and knowledge you guys have to offer [​IMG]


    EDIT: Wow guys, I didn't expect so many responses! Thank you so much, even the sarcastic posts were funny to read.

    So to answer a few questions, most clients/customers that come in are upper middle class and are dressed in nice casual clothes during dinner and often business casual during lunch. I think since we're in Southern California, people are often dressed in more relaxed attire when going out to eat.

    My manager told me to look good... no real details except to not wear jeans (though i think that wearing a nice button up with a blazer and dark fitted jeans would be okay).

    I also work in San Diego so it's always warm here, so I'm trying to avoid layering (even though I love it) because I don't want to look like a sweaty pig.

    And yes, I do martial arts and I am of mostly Asian descent [​IMG]

    I'll post up pictures of some of the clothes I got soon!
     
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  2. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Well-Known Member

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    The best choice would be to ask the employer what the dress code is. Other than the necklace and pocket square, the clothing ideas sound probably acceptable for work. For outside of work, not okay, unless the goal is to look like a guy who probably has a low-paying job and likes to go clubbing. Most people should avoid ties, suspenders (especially visible suspenders), and vests for casual wear.

    The shoes should be black leather and have rubber soles. Spend as much as you can afford on that. Southern California, right?
     
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  3. landshark

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    Smoking jacket with bow tie. Preferably with oriental patterns.
     
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  5. LostnConfused

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    They have no idea what the dress code is, as i'm the first male host they've ever hired. They just said to dress "nice".

    Yes, I'm from SoCal, originally from LA so I grew up very use to the casual look. I'm just starting out and you have no idea how helpful your advice is to me, it's very much appreciated. Do you have a place or brand you could recommend for shoes in Southern California? Maybe prices too so I don't feel like being ripped off.

    One of the things I learned from this site is that traditionally, suspenders shouldn't be visible. That was definitely the kid in me speaking because I always thought suspenders were so cool [​IMG]

    @landshark: ...R-really??
     
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  6. add911_11

    add911_11 Well-Known Member

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    Follow the causal mature men's look.

    Start with a caramel or navy blazer, smart chinos, business colour shirt, a couple of pocket square, two-three pairs of good shoes.

    Look around the WARWRN men's causal thread and get some idea.
     
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  7. MikeDT

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    A kimono, prefebly something really nice, you don't want to be mistaken for the waiting staff.... you did say "sushi restaurant"?
     
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  8. MikeDT

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    :nodding:
     
  9. dragon8

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    Why not just a suit with a nice tie, pocket square and polished shoes. I don't think you should stand out too much.
     
  10. LostnConfused

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    MikeDT, i took you advice, how does it look?

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. add911_11

    add911_11 Well-Known Member

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    Nice one mate.
     
  12. MikeDT

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    Yes. :nodding: This I like. That is what I would expect to see in a sushi restaurant. The hosts wear kimonos at my local sushi and Japanese restaurants, although I am in China.
     
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  13. Louis XIV

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    Win.

    I have no idea of the kimono tradition, but maybe you have a top in a more muted color?
     
  14. mensimageconsultant

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    DSW or Nordstrom, probably. If the budget is low, brands like Florsheim with circa $150 shoes probably will be the best option. It's possible to try on shoes there and then order online for less.

    Don't wear a jacket. It probably would be overkill. Japanese hosts aren't salarymen.
     
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  15. Despos

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    Dress a step up from the restaurants clientele. Consider the decor of the restaurant and gauge the formality/casualness of the setting. Dressing up is better than too casual and be mindful you are the face to the restaurant and the first impression that guests will have when they enter. Represent.
     
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    +1. Now is your opportunity to embrace all the SF taboos against 'looking like a waiter' since you are one, essentially. Foremost is wearing black. I'd get fitted black trousers and a black waistcoat, then maybe a solid black tie and white shirt. You'll instantly be recognized as the host and you'll have free range of motion in your arms since you aren't wearing a jacket. Inception had a lot of good waistcoat action going on if you want inspiration.
     
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  18. Despos

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    Don't wear black, you will look unimaginative and will give off a chain restaurant/service industry image.

    If you wear only shirt and trouser get a good fit. A good fit will enhance your image as much as what you wear. Try not to have a uniform look. Jacket might be good but is a bigger investment for your situation. Have you discussed your question with the owner?
     
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  19. dragon8

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    You look like you're a student of martial arts.
     
  20. LostnConfused

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    Wow guys, I didn't expect so many responses! Thank you so much, even the sarcastic posts were funny to read.

    So to answer a few questions, most clients/customers that come in are upper middle class and are dressed in nice casual clothes during dinner and often business casual during lunch. I think since we're in Southern California, people are often dressed in more relaxed attire when going out to eat.

    My manager told me to look good... no real details except to not wear jeans (though i think that wearing a nice button up with a blazer and dark fitted jeans would be okay).

    I also work in San Diego so it's always warm here, so I'm trying to avoid layering (even though I love it) because I don't want to look like a sweaty pig.

    And yes, I do martial arts and I am of mostly Asian descent [​IMG]

    I'll post up pictures of some of the clothes I got soon!
     

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