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Old 08-01-2013, 07:49 AM   #76
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I've had dinner at Remy twice and have never seen a man there in a tux. A suit is fine.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:16 AM   #77
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I find it hugely interesting to read thru this and similar threads to see how different people interpret the concepts of 'formal' and 'semi-formal'. Not saying that there is a right and there is a wrong, just more of a 'hmmmm' reaction.

For me, PERSONALLY, formal = tux, semi formal = suit, cruise casual = khakis and a collared shirt (with or without a sweater or sport coat), and Friday casual = a nice pair of jeans and a sport coat.

My PERSONAL philosophy is that I prefer to be overdressed than underdressed. If it's the latter, I feel self-conscious, and if it's the former, people will just assume that I have somewhere better to go to afterwards.

That being said, what works for me, doesn't work for everyone. However, I will echo the comments made by a number of other posters that it makes absolutely zero difference if you are wearing a custom made suit, or an off the rack sport coat and slacks from Sears or Goodwill - what matters is that you make the effort to get in the spirit of what is intended to be an upscale dining experience.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:48 AM   #78
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For me, PERSONALLY, formal = tux, semi formal = suit, cruise casual = khakis and a collared shirt (with or without a sweater or sport coat), and Friday casual = a nice pair of jeans and a sport coat.

My PERSONAL philosophy is that I prefer to be overdressed than underdressed. If it's the latter, I feel self-conscious, and if it's the former, people will just assume that I have somewhere better to go to afterwards.

...what matters is that you make the effort to get in the spirit of what is intended to be an upscale dining experience.
This post pretty much sums up my feelings. Even though, as a woman, the wardrobe definitions are different, you are very unlikely to catch me in jeans for dinner on the ships. Even in the MDR. Think I've worn them once and it was a laundry/last night issue. It's a special time so I like to feel special. Part of that (for me) is at least being (my definition of) put together.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:43 PM   #79
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A lot of people dress up on formal night not to try to impress others with their wardrobe but because it is one of the few occasions when the whole family is dressed up and they can do group photos, especially when there are children who may normally have to be held down and forced into such clothing under duress. I love to get dressed up (as long as I don't have to wear the high heeled shoes for too long) and will typically have a new dress each cruise but that's just me - I don't get much chance to dress up normally because our lifestyle is pretty casual. If you are respecting the requested dress code, no one cares how much you paid or where you got it. Take the opportunity to get a photo while you are still dressed up; even better if you can get it with a character as it makes the photo much more fun.

And enjoy Remy's. We loved it (except for the wretched high heel shoes which I slipped off under the table - I only wear them on these occasions and while I like a new dress each time I refuse to buy new shoes. Completely illogical I know)
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I find it hugely interesting to read thru this and similar threads to see how different people interpret the concepts of 'formal' and 'semi-formal'. [...]

For me, PERSONALLY, formal = tux, semi formal = suit, cruise casual = khakis and a collared shirt (with or without a sweater or sport coat), and Friday casual = a nice pair of jeans and a sport coat.
For me Formal = white tie and a tailed dinner jacket; semi-formal = black tie and no waistcoat; informal = Suit and a patterned tie; business casual = slacks, shirt, and tie or a polo; casual = Jeans or cargo pants and a T-shirt

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My PERSONAL philosophy is that I prefer to be overdressed than underdressed. If it's the latter, I feel self-conscious, and if it's the former, people will just assume that I have somewhere better to go to afterwards.
Always overdress. Especially at work, so when you show up in a suit it's normal and no one wonders where you are interviewing on your lunch break that day. Rolling into a restaurant in full tophat and tails is an amazing experience. We plan to do this at V&A's on next trip.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:29 PM   #81
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I find it hugely interesting to read thru this and similar threads to see how different people interpret the concepts of 'formal' and 'semi-formal'. Not saying that there is a right and there is a wrong, just more of a 'hmmmm' reaction.

For me, PERSONALLY, formal = tux, semi formal = suit, cruise casual = khakis and a collared shirt (with or without a sweater or sport coat), and Friday casual = a nice pair of jeans and a sport coat.

My PERSONAL philosophy is that I prefer to be overdressed than underdressed.
If it's the latter, I feel self-conscious, and if it's the former, people will just assume that I have somewhere better to go to afterwards.

That being said, what works for me, doesn't work for everyone. However, I will echo the comments made by a number of other posters that it makes absolutely zero difference if you are wearing a custom made suit, or an off the rack sport coat and slacks from Sears or Goodwill - what matters is that you make the effort to get in the spirit of what is intended to be an upscale dining experience.
My philosophy too! Although Im probably a little too concerned with fashion sometimes.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:36 PM   #82
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Always overdress. Especially at work, so when you show up in a suit it's normal and no one wonders where you are interviewing on your lunch break that day. Rolling into a restaurant in full tophat and tails is an amazing experience. We plan to do this at V&A's on next trip.
You are a more daring man than I - I just can't envision myself being able to pull off a tophat and tails.

Putting on my tuxedo and pretending for an evening that "I'm Bond, James Bond" is about as far as I'm willing to take it - although I do keep trying to find a reason to purchase a dinner jacket...
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:24 PM   #83
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You are a more daring man than I - I just can't envision myself being able to pull off a tophat and tails.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:27 PM   #84
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Ooo nice! I'll bet your pirate gear rocks!

I totally get it (being a part time mermaid.) Dressing up is a big part of the fun. A guy at work was like "why?" And I'm like dude. "Why not? And I can swim so much better..."

No matter what your look, most important is to commit to it 200%!! If not, people can tell..if you rock it, it just about always works. (Anyone seen the chainmail dress photo worn to the MDR that has circulated around cruise critic? Yikes! )
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:43 PM   #85
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I've seen kilts, also. Or military dress uniforms.

DH usually wears a suit (jacket, dress shirt & tie) for formal nights, and dress shirt and tie (or jacket) for semi-formal. Same with both sons. And their suits were bought at JC Penney.

And we still have a Sears store in our mall.
Ooo! I would love to get my husband into a Kilt. Must book cruise!
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:10 PM   #86
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Not sure if this falls into your 'cheap suit' category, but I got a designer tux for under $150 at Macys. They've got some awesome sales. As a younger guy, a white shirt and a black tie and bam, red carpet ready.

I have no need for a tux, but heck, its pretty awesome having one and finding and excuse to bust it out.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #87
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You could roll in all Ashton Kutcher like with un-linked french cuffs, dirty hair old sneakers and no jacket.
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