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May 25, 2012 09:52 AM

customary to wear a blazer to michel bras @ dinner?

Just curious what the typical clothing protocol is here. The husband wants to know if he should bring a blazer on our trip. We appreciate your advice.

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    1. I have several blazers with special security pockets, they work great. Nice shoes and a tie will also affect where you are seated, IMO.

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      1. re: Oakglen

        Absolutely. Imagine you're the MaƮtre D. Do you want to seat a walking eyesore in the middle of the room, or do you want to seat Oakglen in the middle of the room?

        1. re: Parigi

          I remember waiting in line at a hot-spot in Florence. My husband and early teen-age son both had on jackets. The maitre d' scanned the line and motioned us forward to be seated. Our son was confused, and asked, "What just happened." I answered him, "You wore your blazer."

          In fact, you can get by in good jeans if your above-the-table attire is smart enough.

          1. re: Parigi

            Thank you all. A blazer will be brought, and hopefully we'll be well-seated!

            1. re: johannabanana

              Most restaurants in France don't require a blazer. You must wear that in which you feel comfortable. Clean & smart casual is fine & if in doubt, check with the restaurant in advance.

              1. re: condor

                Good point. If someone cares enough to ask about proper dress, they will probably pass muster without much effort. It is the arrogant ------- who makes no attempt to fit the venue who is usually the blight in the dining room.

        2. A blazer is not out of place. When I had dinner there in September (2006), men were a mix of blazer/no tie and kkakis/shirt/sweater. Also couple of tables in dark jeans and nice tops. I wore a blazer because I had packed for Paris. I would not have packed one if was it just Bras. Personally, I don't think a blazer is really necessary for any of the Michelin 3 stars outside of Paris, except maybe Louis XV in Monaco. Couple years ago at at Eugenie les Bains, no one wore a blazer.

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          1. re: PBSF

            I think there is a problem with the OP's wording in the posttitle and the post content. I agree blazer would not be out of place, au contraire.
            Whether a blazer is "customary", as though one would see a room full of blazers when one enters the restaurant, is another matter.

            1. re: Parigi

              As you say Parigi, blazers weren't exactly customary (some diners were in jeans) but not altogether out of place. We were well-seated, by the window each time, so perhaps the blazer etc. helped!