What to wear for dinner in the city?

Old Nov 10th, 2010, 04:32 PM
  #1  
pic
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What to wear for dinner in the city?

I'm trying to figure out what I need to wear for a nice dinner out in NYC. (ex.Le Bernardin, Le Cirque, Daniel) They said 'jacket' on the websites, but what about for women? I'm coming from Hawaii, I could probably figure it out during the summer, but we're visiting in December.
If anyone has advice, please share. Thanks!
pic is offline  
Old Nov 10th, 2010, 04:45 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 26,233
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If it were me, I'd wear wool slacks, boots and a nice sweater.
sf7307 is offline  
Old Nov 10th, 2010, 05:00 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 10,966
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Be alluring: http://www.allure.com/howtos/2008/10...for_dinner_out
happytrailstoyou is offline  
Old Nov 10th, 2010, 06:27 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You could do nice black wool slacks with a cashmere sweater, pretty jewelry and high heel boots. Or similar with a beautiful black pencil skirt. You can substitute a nice silk scarf for the jewelry. Or you could do a nice wool dress, perhaps topped with a cut leather jacket (lightweight). If you have a a really pretty pant or skirt suit in silk that would do as well - but in any case you will need a warm wool coat and boots with non-skid soles in case of snow or sleet.

If you're thinking a "dressy" cocktail dress - they're not worn much for going out to dinner - and in that case your husband wold need a dark suit - not just a jacket and tie.
nytraveler is offline  
Old Nov 10th, 2010, 08:12 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,178
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Usually when I go to that type of restaurant, it's for a special occasion and I'll wear a dressy pants suit (black), but the suggestions above are fine. You will see everything from tailored pants suits to dressy cocktail dresses, but most women do not wear dressy dresses. My point is that both are acceptable and depends on what's in your wardrobe and what you're comfortable wearing.
Centralparkgirl is offline  
Old Nov 10th, 2010, 08:22 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 26,417
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Know this is probably retro but we always wanted to eat at Club 21 so did. I wore nice black wool suit with a black silk shell and a pretty multi-colored scarf. DH wore a dark suit and burgundy tie.

Then we went to the opera. It was such a special night. Despite the fact that we were obviously from some small town, we were treated exquisitely. We fit right in dress-wise.
TDudette is offline  
Old Nov 11th, 2010, 07:52 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,715
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Agree that you can wear anything from nice slacks with a pretty top to a suit or dress. Concentrate of what's on top which is what will be seen when you sit at the table. Not sure I understand your comment about summer vs Dec. You won't have to worry about being cold inside. Most places are well heated.
mclaurie is offline  
Old Nov 11th, 2010, 09:46 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 26,233
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
mclaurie, I think the point is the OP is used to warm weather, including dressing up in warm weather, but probably has few, if any, clothes appropriate to NY in December.
sf7307 is offline  
Old Nov 11th, 2010, 11:08 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,169
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
TDudette, god bless you both. At a nice/fine restaurant, the staff has been working its collective butts off since before most people woke up in the morning to create a positively memorable experience for the diner. It is nice to respond to that commitment by dressing as if what you are doing and expecting is something special.
Ackislander is offline  
Old Nov 11th, 2010, 01:04 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 26,417
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks Ackslander. It goes both ways, eh?
TDudette is offline  
Old Nov 11th, 2010, 03:06 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3,832
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I always the perfect outfit for a woman in NY winter is a fur coat with a cotton dress under -covers the cold and the overheated stores , restaurants etc . hehe
northie is offline  
Old Nov 12th, 2010, 08:35 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,299
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm surprised at all the pants recommendations--my experience fine dining in NYC is that I don't see women in pants, period. It's all dresses, and usually black dresses at that (last time at Per Se I noticed that every single woman but one was wearing a black dress). But, we usually go in spring or fall. Is it really that different in December?
christy1 is offline  
Old Nov 12th, 2010, 09:04 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,715
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes.
mclaurie is offline  
Old Nov 12th, 2010, 09:36 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Manhattan in December can be cold to very cld. It is also often windy and damp. Pants make a lot of sense - and yes a lot of women will prefer over bar legs (even with boots/coat) in the winter.

Pants are absolutely OK as long as they are well-cut and stylish.
nytraveler is offline  
Old Nov 14th, 2010, 03:23 AM
  #15  
pic
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks to everyone who shared their advice. I'm going to try to find a nice pair of pants (or it will be on top of my NY shopping list).
pic is offline  
Old Nov 14th, 2010, 04:07 AM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 271
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Women wear dresses to those places no matter how cold it is, door to door taxis help. Pants suits are nice but with a dress or nice pants, it's all about the shoes!
K_brklyn is offline  
Old Nov 14th, 2010, 05:16 AM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Agree shoes are a big part - and 4" stilettos - boot or shoes, perhaps with platforms, are all that is trendy.
nytraveler is offline  
Old Nov 14th, 2010, 10:37 AM
  #18  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 26,233
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I would wear nice enough shoes, but your feet will be under the table! When I'm going out to dinner at a nice place, I pay most attention to the top I'm wearing and the bag I'm carrying --- the things people will see!
sf7307 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Mimar
Europe
186
Jun 29th, 2011 12:06 PM
ackcdesign
Europe
13
Nov 23rd, 2006 11:48 AM
fjs08
United States
10
Apr 9th, 2003 10:11 AM
N. Miller
United States
8
Dec 16th, 2002 05:14 AM
Julie
Canada
7
Sep 27th, 2002 06:56 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:35 PM.