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proper attire?

while in paris i am planning on eating in a few different types of restaurants and i am at a loss as to what is considered proper attire. I know that one night we will be at Le Coupe Chou. I also think we might end up at Le Dome or Le Train Bleu or something along those lines. The other nights i would like to spend in small, hole-in-the wall type of places where you get great food and house wine and a casual atmosphere without paying over 100 Euro for it. If anyone knows the proper male attire in the above situations i would appreciate it.

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1. Re: proper attire?

Men in France tend to wear something like this: dark pair of pants (can be dark denim) with a jacket and a nice collared shirt. Good leather shoes. Scarf around neck if cold.

That should get you through most of these places!

Have fun!

Les

USA
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2. Re: proper attire?

Assuming you're an adult male, who's been around a bit; how would you ordinarily dress for these types of restaurants at home??...Well then, dress the same way for the same types of restaurants in Paris. It's that simple.

Brooklyn, New York
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3. Re: proper attire?

I am a male and I wore in Paris what I wear in NYC - Black blazer w/black or dark grey trousers and a fine shirt (solid black, stripes, etc). No tie ever, anywhere.

At Coupe Chou I was almost over-dressed - it's a very casual place. At Les Bouquinistes and other such restaurants I was just right.

SFpeninsula
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4. Re: proper attire?

Ditto !

Boston MA
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5. Re: proper attire?

I agree with all that has been said except I would add, if you are really clueless - don't wear sneakers. Anywhere!

San Francisco, CA
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6. Re: proper attire?

You expect him to jog in wingtips? Jk

Are you going with your wife or girlfriend? If so, to be honest, you can wear anything respectable that doesn't clash with her. The woman is the lead, and her escort is an accessory which does not have to match perfectly, but should never overpower her ensemble.

San Diego...
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7. Re: proper attire?

Can I ask an additional question? What do you consider sneakers? My boys wear black suede skateboard shoes. Are those appropriate for most restaurants? We're not planning on going to the upscale restaurants, not with 5 of us.

Thank you.

~Elizabeth

USA
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8. Re: proper attire?

>>>Can I ask an additional question? What do you consider sneakers? My boys wear black suede skateboard shoes. Are those appropriate for most restaurants? We're not planning on going to the upscale restaurants, not with 5 of us<<<

The original question of proper attire was intended for ostebsibly adult males. Where children and adolescents are concerned, almost all questions of '..proper attire..' (whether for tourist or local resident children) are moot. If you're not overly embarrassed by what your kids are wearing, to be seen out in public with them (even by total strangers), then that's probably what will have to do. But black skateboarding shoes / sneakers sounds almost '..GQ..' for most adolescents....but it still might be a good idea to run your eye over them before you go out to make sure that there are no obscene tattoos visible and that their body piercings don't clash with your own jewelery.

Brooklyn, New York
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KDK - as usual, thanks for a daily dose of wit ;-)