If you will be dining at a five-star restaurant, it's best call for the restaurant's dress code; if there is none, err on the side of dressing up. Today, some five-star restaurants have a more relaxed dress policy than in years past, but guests should recognize that fine dining is meant to be rare and elevated. Your chosen attire should befit the experience.
"Jacket-required" is a common five-star dress code that dictates that men arrive at the restaurant with a certain degree of formality. Many men will choose to wear a suit, but absent of that, a blazer or sports coat with a shirt and slacks are typically acceptable. One should never appear sloppily dressed -- sandals, athletic wear and t-shirts should be left at home, even if the dress code is not explicitly expressed.
Make It Special
For women, it is appropriate to show deference to the idea of the five-star restaurant and come dressed elegantly. A cocktail dress, heels and a jacket or wrap are standard elements of a five-star dining ensemble. Add a touch of sparkle with jewelry or a clutch to denote that your visit is a special occasion for you. Like men, women should never appear haphazardly dressed or wear athletic clothing, no matter how trendy or fashionable it is.
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