Dress code is not the most popular topic that you will find on a blog about restaurants. Thankfully, most eateries do not have a dress code. Only a tiny minority of restaurants will try to enforce a dress code; even the most expensive establishments usually do not have a dress requirement.
That said, there are still a whole lot of people who wonder what to wear when going for a date at a restaurant. This especially so for young people who are going out to meet people they might actually date. This article is written in the interest of such people.
The Restaurant Environment
Usually, restaurant dates are informal. They are an easy way to meet up and/or get to know each other. Unless you are hitting the restaurant directly from work, it is always advisable to dress casually. You should preferably wear clothes you will feel comfortable eating in (ladies understand this only too well). It is a relaxed environment, so wear what makes you comfortable and at ease.
If you have to head for the date in your work clothes, do not feel odd either. It would help if you loosened up, and then you are good to go. Most restaurants have spacious restrooms where you (ladies) can freshen up.
Either way, you need to dress nicely. In the modern-day, most restaurant dates will have selfies involved; you don’t want to be caught off guard. A date out could be the opportunity to flaunt your Nike Shoes and a new wardrobe!
Again, it would be best if you considered what you will be doing after the dinner date. It is not unusual for a restaurant date to be followed up by a night out. You need to be set for both phases of the evening.
While most restaurants will not care how you dress, their set up might actually dictate it. If you are going to dine in an outdoor restaurant, you might want to dress warmly for the evening. The same consideration goes if you’ll be in a reasonably warm set up.
Again, the usual crowd at the restaurant might determine how you dress. Unless you are an attention lover who likes sticking out, it is advisable to fit in with the crowd. Moreover, you might be the type who is concerned with what your date thinks of your outfit.
Overall, however, dressing up for a restaurant date is a matter of personal preference. Some want to take their time getting ready while others will throw on the first shirt that comes in sight and get going. Whatever your choice, do not shy off from having a tasty bite!