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appropriate attire in napa

Ok, for the women out there who have been to napa, what is the typical attire worn when touring wineries, eating out, etc.?

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    1. You'll be on your feet a lot, so comfortable shoes. Other than that, I usually wear jeans with a nice shirt. Have fun

      1. We go to Napa at least once a month, sometimes twice. My wife always dresses nicely, pants (not jeans) nice blouse or light sweater (this time of the year) and she happens to like to wear heels. She actually has outfits that she has purchased just for Napa, bright colors, light weight (again for the summer time, we have a convertible so the top is down much of the time.) Then again, she is a VP with a large bank and is use to dressing up almost daily so feels more confortable than she would in jeans and tee shirts.

        But, you see all kinds there, especially during the summer. She just thinks when we are going to nice wineries she wants to look nice and I certainly don't disagree with here. I almost always were dockers (or other slacks) and a good golf type shirt or a Tommy Bahama type shirt.

        As far as eating out, there are "fancy" places (French Laundry, Auberg, etc) and casual places so it's hard to say about dinner dressing.

        I will say that the valley is probably more casual than dressy but you will see dressy.

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        1. re: rtmonty

          At wineries you also see people wearing what they might wear to the gym or to do yard work.

        2. Dressy casual at many places with comfortable shoes and hats. What my husband calls the "rich suburbnite Nordstrom" look. Lots of dockers and nice polos/golf shirts on the men. Dressier but casual looks on the women including long linen dresses and skirts, golf wear, crisp shorts with belts, etc. Some more casual clothing or high fashion LA folks.

          1. I like to wear a sundress, a hat, and a linen or light knit jacket -- this outfit takes me anywhere from a walk to a nice dinner. Other people seem to wear anything they please.

            Edited to add: I think it's fine that folks wear whatever they please!

            1. I know that people who live in Napa and Sonoma Counties are less likely to dress up for wine tasting than tourists are. Being a former Sonoma County resident and wine touring taster myself. ( I would never wear gym clothes or yard-working clothes to taste wine...that is just wrong).
              I will say that I have seen famous vitners eating lunch out and about in their jeans and workboots! You'd never know by looking....so be careful who you judge by their attire. These people are hardworking farmers.

              1. I agree, you can wear anything you want...although I think the most common for women is probably along the lines of khakis, a nice but casual top, and comfortable sandals. Lots of women wear shorts and tank tops, but lots also wear skirts or dresses. Just wear whatever you are comfortable in.

                1. Whatever you wear, remember to wear sunblock and sunglasses as well. I know, stating the obvious.

                  1. In regards to visiting wineries, you'll want to be comfortable and wear something you know you can get wine out of in case you spill or get spilled on. A handy bottle of Wine Away (a stain remover)in the purse or car is great for this, and they sell it at many tasting rooms.

                    Are you going to tour a working winery during harvest, with hoses running every which way and wet cellar floors? Or hoping to stroll through a hot, dusty vineyard? Then you may not want those strappy heels. But you may want a hat and sunglasses.

                    This may go without saying, but if you plan on eating yourself silly, then wear something you'll still fit into after the meal is done! In most restaurants (with a few aforementioned upscale exceptions) you can dine in jeans and a nice shirt. I still laugh over the wealthy client from Texas who came here to get married and was shocked that her sequins were a bit out of place in the more upscale restaurants.