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Old 04-24-2013, 10:52 PM   #31
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I thought I didn't care what anyone other than my family and I wore to formal night or any other dinner...then, last week, I saw a shorts, baseball cap with sunglasses on brim and t-shirt with crocs ensemble heading into formal night.
That's when I realized that I'm not as "forgiving" as I thought I was.

(1) no wearing of crocs, anywhere, ever;
(2) I know I'm old and maybe now I just figured out that I'm old-fashioned but I wouldn't dress like that to go to Applebee's on a Tuesday.

It really kind of seemed like it was done purposely to offend.

Yes, I know, I need therapy
I too am pretty lax and decide I was just too tired to change out of my black, knee length shorts on Pirate night and really didn't feel out of place, especially since our tablemates also had shorts on.

But on Christmas night, which was (I think) semi-formal night, I wasn't happy when the entire table next to us was dressed in basketball shorts and shirts, and acting like they were in basketball clothing - shouting, jumping up and down, leaving the dining room and coming back to talk to their parents. Parents (at least the mother) was in 'proper' attire of jeans and a shirt, but looked very sloppy, like she was headed to play basketball too. It was Christmas. I thought they could have tried a little harder. But they got to eat, I got to eat, and it really wasn't the end of the world.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:53 PM   #32
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Formal night adventures

On previous cruises, we have done the full formal route just for the family pictures. My husband has a tux, and we rented one for our son on the ship. We got lots of pictures taken and picked the best, and these pictures became gifts for family and close friends, as well as displayed in our home.

We had our adventures with the rentals though. One cruise they gave my 5 year old son adult size 8 shoes instead of child 8, even though it was a mini size tux! My son wore his black tennis shoes instead to the envy of more than one man in uncomfortable dress shoes. One cruise we had to quickly hem sleeves and pants so he didn't look like he shrunk. The last time we attempted a rental, we forgot black socks, so he wore white socks with my black nylon knee highs over them.

We had so many compliments on our son in his tux, and the pictures are priceless.

It wasn't always easy, but it was worth it. We don't go quite to that extent anymore, but I'm glad we did it a few times.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:22 AM   #33
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yes, he will be fine there will be plenty of men wearing khakis and polo's.
thank you sooo much!!!
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:21 AM   #34
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You don't want to wear shorts and sandals, but as long as you dress up you will blend right in. Nothing fancy needed.
I agree. You do not have to wear a ball gown if you do not want to, but please do not wear, sandals, shorts, jeans or tank tops, that is the complete opposite of formal. It amazes me to see people in shorts, sandals and tshirts on formal night. I know some people are all about comfort especially on vacation, but their are nice comfy things that would look way better than shorts in a formal event.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:54 AM   #35
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It might if it turned out she was your table-mate, and you had to look at them all through dinner!

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #36
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I guess my idea of Formal and Semi-Formal are almost the same. I would take black dress pants and a sparkly sweater/blouse and still be comfortable.
This is exactly what I wear to formal and semi-formal nights. It's comfortable, looks nice, and I'm not using precious luggage space for a dress and heels that I'd only wear for a few hours on the cruise!
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:03 PM   #37
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When we talk about no sandals on formal night, do you primarily mean the rubber flip flop kind? I have some heel sandals that have a flip flop like front (thong) but they are white, leather. Would that not be appropriate on formal night? I'm not even sure what I'm wearing yet but those or my only white shoes! Now I am curious.

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Old 04-25-2013, 08:35 PM   #38
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When we talk about no sandals on formal night, do you primarily mean the rubber flip flop kind? I have some heel sandals that have a flip flop like front (thong) but they are white, leather. Would that not be appropriate on formal night? I'm not even sure what I'm wearing yet but those or my only white shoes! Now I am curious.
Leather sandals are great. You'll see a lot of them onboard, even at Palo and Remy.
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(1) no wearing of crocs, anywhere, ever.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:27 AM   #40
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OP here - just wanted to thank everyone for the replies. I've decided to just go with a knee length dressy dress with strappy sandals. I want to respect the dress code, but don't want to spend money on a dress I'll never wear again.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:57 AM   #41
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Bah, I wear crocs and it's hard to get my DD out of hers. I rarely do "pretty" shoes. I wear danskos for work (they start out pretty, but after a while get beat up). I have a hard time wearing anything but danskos for any length of time anymore. But my crocs are definitely my slipper shoes.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:27 AM   #42
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I just looked at our cruise documents, on page 4, under vacation checklist, it mentions attire. I don't dress up if I can help it, but on formal night, I do, if anything else so I can get some great pictures with the family!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #43
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I just ordered my formal night Crocs. Laugh all you want, I will be comfy http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Sanrah-...keywords=crocs
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I just ordered my formal night Crocs. Laugh all you want, I will be comfy http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Sanrah-...keywords=crocs
I have 3 pairs of crocs dressy shoes - 1 pair is purple and plain (crocs grace), 1 pair is red velour on the outside (snazzy - they are crocs Alice) and 1 pair is dark beige with brown trim and a bow (I don't know what their name is but they have a small heel/lift on them).

I used to love wearing just regular crocs but then I found these at big lots for $10 (and the red ones at Goodwill for $5) and now I love these other styles.
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I just ordered my formal night Crocs. Laugh all you want, I will be comfy http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Sanrah-...keywords=crocs
As much as I love going all out for Formal Night, shoes are not part of it, both for luggage issues and comfort issues. I pack the folding slippers that come in a pouch for all dress-up stuff onboard. Last year DH forgot his dress shoes and wore Birkenstocks every night, even with his tux. No one ever looks at feet. :D
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