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Dress Codes - what is female equivalent of "jacket required?"

ldkelley Oct 4, 2010 01:41 PM

Hello from Florida, NYC hounds!

We will be heading to NYC for an early December trip, and as part of a birthday foodie extravaganza, we are planning a pilgrimage to Le Bernardin. We, being Floridians, are casually-dressed folk. I don't think there is a single restaurant I can think of in South Florida you can't go into in jeans with a nice shirt and nice shoes.

I've noted that jackets are required for men, which is a lot of extra packing for one night, but we are okay with that. However, I have no idea what the female half of the equation should be wearing.

Can someone enlighten me? Is a cocktail dress expected? Pant suit? Would pants, a blouse/sweater and dress boots be okay or are dressier heels expected? I am sorry for sounding so ignorant, but we just don't have any reference points and would prefer to blend in easily.



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  1. princeofpork RE: ldkelley Oct 4, 2010 02:02 PM

    All the things you mentioned would work at LB. However dress boots better not mean Timberlands for you.

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      pbjluver RE: princeofpork Oct 5, 2010 07:41 PM

      or UGGs

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        pikawicca RE: pbjluver Oct 5, 2010 07:49 PM

        I would be very surprised to find anyone in south Florida wearing UGGs.

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          buttertart RE: pikawicca Oct 11, 2010 04:23 PM

          I've seen young women in NYC wearing them in the SUMMER. How? Why?

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            Up With Olives RE: buttertart Oct 12, 2010 01:12 PM

            <I've seen young women in NYC wearing them in the SUMMER. How? Why?>

            It goes with the summer wooly hat?

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              buttertart RE: Up With Olives Oct 12, 2010 01:38 PM

              And scarf. Seriously.

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                Up With Olives RE: buttertart Oct 14, 2010 12:35 PM

                Confuses me just like a down jacket with flip flops.

    2. Quine RE: ldkelley Oct 4, 2010 02:03 PM

      Business professional.

      1. pikawicca RE: ldkelley Oct 4, 2010 02:06 PM

        You have Chico's down where you are. Any of their dressier pants and tops would be fine.

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          Jane A. RE: pikawicca Oct 4, 2010 02:29 PM

          Skip the glitzier stuff at Chico's. Simple darkish (especially in winter) pants (or skirt) suit with a dressy top/blouse would be perfect. If you're not accustomed to the cold, you could go for a nice turtleneck with that suit and a great necklace. "Business professional" means you were city-dressed for work and came straight to dinner. If the weather is bad, you can wear appropriate boots to the restaurant, carrying your heels in a bag, change into your heels and put the boots into the bag and check them with your coat. Do the boots/heels thing all the time in the winter - tend to bring an extra dry plastic (grocery) bag so that after dinner when I change back, I don't put the heels into a bag that's all wet from the boots. It's City Survival 101 for women!

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          cambridgedoctpr RE: ldkelley Oct 4, 2010 04:15 PM

          le bernadin is a pretty fancy place, but times have changed, and really, if a woman wants to dress as a pirate; she will be seated.

          I go to Jean Georges which is also a 3 star-Michelin-4 star-NYTimes restaurant and people come in blue jeans.

          Almost whatever a woman wears is acceptable.

          Jean Georges
          1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

          1. Up With Olives RE: ldkelley Oct 5, 2010 10:40 AM

            You'll need that jacket in December so it's not extra packing at all!

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              ldkelley RE: ldkelley Oct 6, 2010 07:02 AM

              Thank you to you all for the tips. Based on your comments below, I am thinking a nice pair of dressy black pants, a cashmere sweater and low-heeled (1") black leather boots. Plus outerwear, of course.

              Thanks for the tip on switching out shoes. That would have not even occurred to me. :)

              I appreciate everyone taking the time - we are really looking forward to this trip and a lot of good food (but mostly smaller, less well-known places I already love).


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                bronwen RE: ldkelley Oct 6, 2010 07:27 AM

                Good black pants are a must when travelling and will take you anywhere in New York. Wearing a stylish bracelet or necklace gussies up an outfit for the evening.

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