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    dressing for dinner

    over the last few years, dinner in aruba, with few exceptions, has become very casusal for us.

    most evenings when we are out for dinner, we are at places where shorts (for him and me), and a collared golf shirt for paul and a nice tee or tank top for me are not out of place.

    if we step it up a notch and are at a place like madam janettes or barefoot, i will wear a nicer top or maybe a sundress and he will still wear his docker shorts and his golf shirt.

    remember the days when dressing up was the norm? (pre 1998)
    i remember it was a sun dress every night for dinner AND dressing up a bit for the casino.

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    I just love my personal 'no long pants' rule......! We follow the same dress code that you do.

    And even tho I wore business suits way back for airline travel for work.... I can't imagine that now!

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    '98 was our first visit and I really don't remember what we brought or wore, except that I forgot to pack shorts & had to wear Rich's one pair that sorta, kinda fit, but not really!

    I think 2005 was our next visit and the only place I remember having an issue was LeDome, where we were not allowed in the restaurant, but were offered a table on the porch!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    When we go out to a nicer place I prefer to wear casual slacks and a polo shirt rather than shorts. DW will wear a similar outfit of casual slacks and a blouse. If it's a special night, dressing for it enhances the experience.

    I realize that's not the norm but it's what we're comfortable with. I guess it's a sign of having lived in a bygone era. My first airplane ride was cross country in a propeller driven plane. My mom made me wear a shirt, tie and sport coat for the trip.

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    In 1996 our first trip I brought several pairs of dress pants and always a nice dress shirt to go with it. Our second trip in 2001 was the same, our last 18 trips the only longs pants I bring are the ones I wear from home and those are sweat pants. I no longer feel the need to get "dressed up" to dine nice. I wear a nice pair of shorts and a shirt with a collar, and call it a day.

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    On our first trip a couple weeks ago I only packed shirts and t-shirts, no polo's. You do get a look or two at the airport at home when you are wearing shorts and it is only 10 outside. Anyway, we never had a problem but I am not sure if we were in high end restaurants. We ate at Passions, The Chophouse, Ricardo's and Matthews.

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    We're casual as well. Tom follows the no long pants rule. It's just too hot for dress pants! It's shorts or capris for me and a dressier top.

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    No long pants is one of the reasons we love Aruba. For the most part we are casual shorts and tees, especially of we are dining early. I pack a collared shirt for Jon, he never thinks he will need one, but always wears it when we go to a nicer place. He will usually wear the same shirt twice because it literally only has it on for the restaurant.
    For me it's sundresses for the nicer places, shorts and tees for the most part.

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    The only long pants I take now are the yoga pants I wear on the plane. I take one dress for places like Chalet Suisse or Las Ramblas. The other dinners are at more casual places, so Bermuda shorts and a nice top work for me...

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    Lol, going to Aruba without shorts is kind of like going to Canada in the winter without a jacket A table on the porch? Wow, a good reason never to visit them again and wish them nothing but "success." And since I don't remember reading about them in years....I am thinking your "wish" may have come true, lol. Funny story about the shorts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    '98 was our first visit and I really don't remember what we brought or wore, except that I forgot to pack shorts & had to wear Rich's one pair that sorta, kinda fit, but not really!

    I think 2005 was our next visit and the only place I remember having an issue was LeDome, where we were not allowed in the restaurant, but were offered a table on the porch!

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