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'Casual Elegant' Attire on New Year's?

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I will be going out with friends on New Year's Eve, and the establishment in question has a dress code of 'Casual Elegant'. I'm not too familiar with Casual Elegant, any suggestions as to what would be appropriate? I'd really like to dress it up for New Year's Eve, but the 'casual' in the term is throwing me for a loop.
 

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I'm guessing that just means no sneakers, no khaki's, no jeans?

Dress shirt + dress pants + leather shoes should do. Sweater optional.

I've never heard you can be "too dressed up" to be allowed into an establishment...
 

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Originally Posted by EriQ009
I will be going out with friends on New Year's Eve, and the establishment in question has a dress code of 'Casual Elegant'. I'm not too familiar with Casual Elegant...

That's OK...no one is. It's something someone made up and it doesn't mean anything. Wear what you want.
 

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I would say you are probably good as long as you wear a jacket of some sort.
 

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Whoever made that up probably meant it to be a sport jacket, dress shirt/trendy tee shirt, and trendy jeans. That's my take on it.
 

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I'm wondering if the fact that it will be New Year's Eve will throw more weight to the 'Elegant' side of 'Casual Elegant' attire?
 

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This is a real idiosynchrasi for me. Dress codes should be a polite way of giving the people you invite guidance about what to wear.

"Casual elegant" is no help at all, it leaves the invitees confused. So why do people put something like that on the invitation?
 

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It's just business casual, in my opinion. But since it's not a "business" event, they didn't want to say it. Slacks and a collared shirt.
 

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It seems the responses so far run the gamut from t-shirt and jeans, to slacks and a dress shirt, to a suit. I'm leaning toward a collared shirt and some nice pants. On the other hand, a New Year's evening out, to me, calls for something more special. Perhaps a tuxedo, peak lapel, with a black shirt, no tie? Or would this be exceed the 'Casual Elegant' code?
 

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They wanted to say elegant, but they didn't want people showing up in dinner jackets so they threw a casual modifier on there to soften it.

I would think a jacket would be required (you could call and ask if a jacket is required), but there will probably be people there with just shirt and slacks. I would also say tie is optional. No jeans.

I think they are also trying to ask the women to wear a dress. So many women today think they can pull off wearing jeans everywhere, and they can't.
 

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Definitely a jacket, you could probably get away with jeans, but I wouldn't recommend it. Any sort of tuxedo, even without a tie, would be too formal.
 

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Originally Posted by Agnacious
They wanted to say elegant, but they didn't want people showing up in dinner jackets so they threw a casual modifier on there to soften it.

I would think a jacket would be required (you could call and ask if a jacket is required), but there will probably be people there with just shirt and slacks. I would also say tie is optional. No jeans.

I think they are also trying to ask the women to wear a dress. So many women today think they can pull off wearing jeans everywhere, and they can't.


If the women are going to be wearing dresses, a jacket is definitely required at a minimum. No Jeans. Tie Optional. PS A MUST
 

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