Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dress Codes Decoded - “What is the difference between Casual & Casual Elegance?

So you the countdown is on…..vacation is right around the corner and now it’s time to pack up your suitcase.  Here’s a short guide to ensuring you don’t get turned away by the maître D because you didn’t pack accordingly.  

Casual versus Causal Elegance, what’s the difference?

Casual generally means that you will be dining nearby a pool, beach or tike bar enjoying your cheeseburger in Paradise.  With this casual environment, most dress codes are out the window with the exception of a few: no visible swimwear, no bare feet and no wet clothing. That’s about it!  Think: swimsuit cover up and flip flops.

Casual Elegance is generally referring to your attire for dinner.  Ladies, as long as you aren’t still wearing your swimsuit cover-up and flip flops, you are probably good to go.  Think sundress, strappy heels and don’t forget a light sweater as it tends to cool off in the evenings or if you are lucky enough to get a table by the sea, the ocean breeze can be soothing, yet cooling.  Guys, I’m sorry to say, your dress code is a little stricter.  For the most part, long pants (not shorts, not even dress shorts) are required along with a collared shirt and shoes (no flip flops).  Before you throw an adult temper tantrum, let me assure you that you will NOT need to bring a sport coat and tie unless you want to.  Think khakis, a polo or button down with shoes.  That’s not so bad is it?

If you absolutely don’t want to pack any clothes that resemble any sense of civilian ship, then you will need to keep in mind that there will be limitations as to where you can dine while on vacation.  I know this grates on most men’s nerves, but it is what it is.  It’s one thing to see it all hang out at the beach and something entirely different during the dinner hour.  TMI is not just a shortened slang, it’s a real threat when rules aren’t in place or enforced.  Your appetite will thank me later.

For any questions on this or any other travel topics please contact me.

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