What to wear to a fancy restaurant? It's a perennial style dilemma that can catch out even the most confident of dressers. If we're honest, though, fancy dinners are just one (more) big excuse to get dressed up. So, where on the earth do you start? Dresses, trousers, skirts? Let's begin by ruling things out.
Different restaurants will have different rules, but generally speaking, trainers are a no-go at posh establishments. The same goes for casual sweatshirts and anything branded with a sports logo. "Smart casual" or "elegant casual" are preferred by many restaurants, but that certainly doesn't mean "casual" in the sense we know it. Michelin-star eateries care not for trends such as athleisure or ripped denim. In hospitality language, "casual" means "comfortable."
It might sound daunting, but in our experience, we've found that just about anything can be elevated to make the dress-code cut. Erring on the side of caution, we've decided to steer clear of jeans (while some restaurants are more lenient, others will turn away patrons because of them). However, there are plenty of other delights to be had that will guarantee you a table in a prime spot, as opposed to near the door or the loos.
Keep scrolling and you'll soon discover choosing what to wear to a fancy restaurant isn't so difficult after all.
Suits will never look out of place in grand surroundings, but you needn't opt for a dark hue. Instead, make like Freddie Harrel and try a light shade. Then, inject some fun into your ensemble with colour-pop accessories.
For those of you who always feel the chill, try pairing a cashmere sweater with a glossy midi skirt. While other jumpers are borderline too casual, close-fitting cashmere is as luxe as knitwear comes. Just add elegant heels.
That's right—miniskirts can still work with fancier surroundings. Go for styles where the hem sits below your fingers, and then style it with a crisp white shirt and sleek accessories for an elegant spin.