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Dress code for Prospect?

butteredsunshine Mar 26, 2011 12:21 AM

I'm going to San Francisco for a weekend vacation, and I have reservations at Prospect on a Friday night.

I've been trying to find out what is most appropriate (and not merely just acceptable) to wear.

This thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733225) says to dress casually, but Yelp and its reviewers seem to suggest that a dressier appearance is more fitting.

Are jeans the norm? Should most ladies be wearing dresses and skirts? Are heels necessary? How about collared shirts for men, or will the majority be attired in t-shirts?

Essentially, what will MOST people be wearing?

Thank you very much for any input. :)

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    butteredsunshine Mar 26, 2011 11:37 AM

    Thank you so much for all your answers. As a Californian myself (southern, though) I know exactly what you mean by the whole casual dress thing.

    I think I'll wear a skirt with tights, flats, and a nice top with a jacket.

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    1. re: butteredsunshine
      wolfe Mar 26, 2011 11:40 AM

      You are a woman then, I believe. ;-)

      1. re: wolfe
        bbulkow Mar 26, 2011 02:09 PM

        Likely. Only women call them 'flats'.

      2. re: butteredsunshine
        Ruth Lafler Mar 26, 2011 01:06 PM

        That will be fine. Have a great time and please report back!

      3. Ruth Lafler Mar 26, 2011 10:53 AM

        I think "business casual" is the most appropriate. You'll feel out of place in jeans and t-shirts. It's at the edge of the financial district and in the ground floor of a elegant condo building -- especially on a Friday, a lot of people will still be dressed from work. San Francisco is not generally a dressy city, so suits, ties, etc. would be overkill.

        1. Robert Lauriston Mar 26, 2011 10:47 AM

          There are very few places in SF where people really dress up. There's a picture on this blog where you can see what people were wearing:


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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            bbulkow Mar 26, 2011 11:01 AM

            The guy in the picture wearing the schlumpy baseball cap epitomizes san francisco. And not in a good way - but do notice that he's comfortable and seems to be having a good time. I'm going soon, and will likely put on a nice vintage jacket, or possibly my cool microfiber one, and one of my shirts with french cuffs. And, I'll be better dressed than most people there, and enjoying it. That's what I usually wear on a night out. I would recommend jacket, no tie. If you go jeans, just go with a decent designer, put a lot of product in your hair, and wear a turtleneck like Steve Jobs. Not to say that Steve uses product in his hair.

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            DandySF Mar 26, 2011 10:41 AM

            I've seen some great style at Prospect, especially among the women. It's casual but definitely polished and urbane. Of course you'll find wonderfully chic people next to a scattering of people who make no effort at all.

            I'm intrigued by how much more sophisticated looking the Prospect patrons are than those at Epic Roasthouse, just a block away. Epic costs more but attracts a much more stylish crowd.


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              budnball Mar 26, 2011 09:21 AM

              This is California so as long as you are clean and covered you will be fine. However I would consider a bit more dressy casual, a jacket over jeans, a button down shirt or pullover sweater. Dress as you would for a fun Fri nite out.. Be smartly comfortable.

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