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Scored Reservation @ Alinea in 3 Weeks - What to Wear?! (female)

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tara3056 Mar 9, 2011 03:37 PM

I had a baby a few months ago, and have yet to reach my pre-pregnancy size, so nothing in my closet fits. I've been needing to shop for a dressy outfit anyhow, but getting this reservation at Alinea is a huge impetus to get off my butt, try to accept that I can't wear my old clothes just yet, and actually go shopping for something new.

I've never been to a place as high-end as Alinea, though, and I have no idea what to wear. Obviously a dress would be nice, but I don't usually feel comfortable in dresses or skirts. Would a pair of black dress slacks with a silky-type top be okay, or should I try to go the skirt-or-dress route? My husband will be in a suit and tie, so I guess there's some concern that I wouldn't match him in terms of formality... not really sure what to do.

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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    tzurriz Mar 9, 2011 03:46 PM

    If you just had a baby recently, I'm going to make two large assumptions here (don't worry, I'm a mother myself with a 3 and 2 year old).

    Assumption 1 - you are nursing.

    Assumption 2 - you want something you can wear again, when you are with the baby but need to dress more formally than the mama uniform or jeans or yoga pants and spit up covered tee shirts. ;)

    If these are correct, go to motherwear.com and take a look at their nursing dressed. I bought 3 of them, and even now after not nursing for nearly 10 months, I still occasionally wear one. They don't look like nursing wear, are comfortable and stretch as needed for a body that changes with the hour (you know what I mean), and they look really really nice.

    I've been asked by strangers, repeatedly, where I got the cute dresses and they never believe me when I say they are nursing dresses unless they saw me actually feeding a child.

    Good luck, and enjoy Alinea, I'm so jealous!

    http://www.motherwear.com/cat.cfm/cid/20

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    Alinea
    1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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      gregb Mar 10, 2011 06:21 AM

      Where's the Chowhound Team when you need them!

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        tzurriz Mar 10, 2011 11:25 AM

        because my response wasn't food related but answered a direct query? I'm not advertising for the clothing company, but giving a personal recommendation. I'm a regular commenter and participant on the boards too. I'm sorry if my response upset you. I was trying to answer tara's question.

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          nsxtasy Mar 10, 2011 12:44 PM

          tzurriz, I thought your answer was perfect, and very helpful, and entirely appropriate for Chowhound.

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            tzurriz Mar 10, 2011 01:53 PM

            thank you. :)

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            pauliface Mar 10, 2011 02:48 PM

            That couldn't be it, because gregb himself has initiated topics only about the dress code, and not about food:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764006

            So gregb what was it?

      2. chicgail Mar 9, 2011 04:34 PM

        The black pants and silky top will be perfect. Add a nice pair of shoes. They'll make you feel prettier and sexier. Have a wonderful evening.

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          ferret Mar 10, 2011 12:37 PM

          I'm going to jump in with teh obvious answer - anything with an elastic waist.

          1. lynnlato Mar 10, 2011 12:48 PM

            For what it's worth, I went to Thomas Keller's Per Se in NYC and wore black dress slacks and a cream & black silk blouse, great heels and jazzed it all up with some great gold jewelry pieces and it was completely appropriate. I'm like you, not terribly comfortable in dresses and skirts - especially when it's winter and I'm eating for 3+ hours. I have reservations for Alinea next week and I plan on wearing a similiar outfit as I have described.

            Congrats to you and enjoy your awesome food experience!

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