The DOs and DON’Ts of Restaurant Dress Code

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There are many factors to keep in mind when dining in restaurants; a dress code is one of them. Each restaurant has its own dress code that you’ll have to follow. But first, you have to know what each dress code means. This is both so you would fit the scene and have fun while you’re doing it.

Let’s see some of the types of restaurant dress codes you’ll come across, what you should do, and what you should avoid. 



  • Underestimate Casual: If a restaurant has labeled their dress code as casual, then dress casual. But their casual may not mean what you usually wear at home or to run errands. Don’t wear any wrinkly clothes you might have laying around, or anything you’ve worn before during that week.


  • Be Comfortable: Casual means comfortable, yet polished. A Polo shirt or a simple t-shirt will do just fine. Some jeans or chino pants, along with your favorite shoes will complete the look. Keep in mind that wearing black, dark blue, or gray is always a good idea.

Business Casual


  • Overdress: Business Casual can be a very ambiguous category. It is fancier than casual but more relaxed than your formal settings. One of the most embarrassing things you’ll experience is if you’re wearing a tuxedo in a place where everyone is dressing in a more relaxed way.


  • Dress Professional: If you’re dining with clients or coworkers, or just meeting someone in general, you want to look a certain way that is a bit impressive. You still have to be comfortable, yet fancy. A collared shirt, a blazer, pants or trousers, and some black shoes (sneakers are off the table) would do the job.

Casual Elegant


  • Be Shiny: While this type of atmosphere requires you to stand out a little, you shouldn’t wear anything that is too eye-catching. A yellow suit is strictly off the menu, and should stay that way if you care about how you look at all!


  • Dress Up: This environment requires you to be in a dressed-up version of your casual attire. A dark suit, an over coat, and some trousers will have you looking neat. You can be extra elegant if you pick a fancy tie and some cufflinks. Keep in mind that darker suits are more advisable than lighter ones.



  • Underdress: This dress code requires you to wear your best attire. Don’t think that wearing a casual shirt or Polo shirt is okay. You can never overdress for this occasion, unless you wear something out of this world, of course!


  • Dress Your Best: The formal standard is quite straightforward. It requires you to wear your best Tuxedo, along with some shiny black shoes, and I can’t stress this enough, a TIE! Not only does this dress code demand you to be preppy, but if you’re going to RSVP, then you must follow the dress code. If it is a white tie invitation, then you might have to wear a full dress, a white tie, a shirt, and a vest. A black tie invitation requires less elegance but is formal nonetheless.


If you’ve made a reservation at the restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, then it’s crucial you know what their dress code is, as well as know what you should do to make sure you’re dressed for the occasion.


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