8 Fashion Tips for Dressing up at Michelin-Starred Restaurants

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A Michelin-starred restaurant means it is a prestigious dining place.

Michelin Guide started as a guide for motorists in the 1900s to find good food on their long trips. A Michelin-starred restaurant can have up to three stars. The 2023 Michelin Guide lists 152 restaurants worldwide that have the honor of holding 3 stars. Nowadays, a Michelin-star restaurant is known for its exquisite food and service.

As such, dressing up to visit a Michelin-star restaurant can be quite a task for anyone.

If you need help figuring out where to start, look at these tips.

1. The Dress Code Is Usually Formal

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Almost always, the dress code in Michelin-starred restaurants is formal. Leave casual pieces in your closet for another day. Things such as tracksuits, flip-flops, jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, shorts, hoodies, and baseball hats will suit better in less exquisite locations.

The dress code is usually between business formal and smart casual.

2. Things You Can Wear in a Michelin-Star Restaurant

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Since the dress code is usually formal, you can try elegant combinations that go well with the occasion, such as an elegant cocktail dress with heels, a suit combined with the right accessories, a mini skirt with a shirt, etc. 

Some of the clothing that would go well with dining in a Michelin-star restaurant are:

  • Silk dresses
  • Cocktail dresses
  • Suits
  • Blazers
  • Cashmere
  • Long pencil skirts
  • Formal heels
  • Formal flat shoes
  • Buttoned-up shirts

3. Be Overdressed Rather Than Underdressed

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When visiting a Michelin-star restaurant, it is always better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed. As these types of restaurants are usually very fancy, expect to see people looking elegant and dressy enough. If you want to fit in, looking overdressed would be better. 

However, we are talking about overdressing elegantly and not looking outrageous or too flashy. 

4. Always Feel Comfortable

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Remember to feel comfortable first, even though you should opt for a more elegant look.

If you will go overboard and feel uncomfortable, then nothing matters. So, first of all, choose something that you will feel comfortable with but will also suit the dress code of the location. 

5. Ask the Restaurant Beforehand About Their Dress Code

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If you are trying to decide what to dress or not to overdo it, you can always call the restaurant and ask about their dress code. They can give you a good idea of what is known as ‘acceptable’ when dining at their place or even for lunch. You would be surprised as some of these restaurants have a strict dress code, especially for gentlemen, as many require men to wear a jacket or a suit.

However, most restaurants now include their dress code when booking a table. If not, you may ask them directly. 

6. You Can Never Go Wrong With a Silk Dress

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If in doubt, then wear a silk dress. Silk dresses are elegant and can be combined with almost anything. You can wear a short or a long silk dress, and wear a pair of heels or sandals and you will look great. If it’s breezy, throw over a cashmere sweater or a high-quality-looking blazer.

Add some accessories for a final touch, and opt for elegant jewelry such as a tennis bracelet, tennis necklace, and some simple silver earrings.

7. A Suit for Lunch

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If you visit a Michelin-starred restaurant for lunch, you can wear a suit that looks very elegant. Choose a neutral color suit such as white, tan, black, or lighter tones like baby pink or blue.

Usually, Michelin-starred restaurants have a fancy interior, so you can check that online before visiting and decide on the color you would like to wear!

Pair your suit with heels and minimalist jewelry, making you feel comfortable and beautiful. 

8. Proper Shoes Are Equally Important

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When it comes to dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, attention to detail is key, and this includes paying close attention to your footwear. While your outfit may be impeccably styled, it is crucial not to overlook the importance of proper shoes. After all, your shoes can make or break your entire look and significantly impact your overall dining experience.

First and foremost, it’s essential to opt for stylish and comfortable shoes. Remember that dining in fancier places often involves several hours seated, enjoying a multi-course meal. Therefore, choose shoes that not only complement your outfit but also provide adequate support and cushioning for your feet. Opt for well-fitting shoes made from high-quality materials, such as leather, which look sophisticated and is durable and breathable.

While most upscale restaurants require closed-toe shoes, certain establishments may permit dressier sandals or heels. Ensure you know the dress code beforehand and select shoes that meet the restaurant’s expectations.

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