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I know my DH is very happy to not feel obligated to wear a tux like he did on our first cruise 20 years ago 🙂.  He still usually brings a sports coat, tie, etc for formal nights, since I like to take a few nice pictures 🙂

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On 11/15/2018 at 6:40 PM, cruisinrealtor said:

Hubby and son will be wearing nice pants, dress shirt with tie no jacket and still debating about them wear sneakers or pack dress shoes. We fly into port so the less and lighter we can pack the better.  I’m pack 2 nice long dresses.  

 

I'd suggest trying on the sneakers with the pants.  Usually sneakers don't look quite right and you would want some type of non-athletic shoe.

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On 11/16/2018 at 8:58 PM, kochleffel said:

 

In Curacao, a guayabera shirt is considered formal (depending, somewhat, on the quality of the embroidery).

 

Guayabera shirt FTW, especially for Caribbean cruises.

 

 

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On 11/17/2018 at 9:48 AM, BND said:

Not necessarily, but when the occasion called for it, they did.  I went to school with middle, upper middle and wealthy kids in the 70's.  One particular neighborhood that attended my HS was very well off and I have been to many of the homes there.  They did not dress up daily, but they did take very nice vacations and dressed up accordingly.  In their daily lives, unless they had an event, they dressed casually.  But, when an event stated "formal attire requested" you better believe they did so.  And, I agree with a pp, "suggested" means more than a lot think it does.  Suggested means, this is the attire we think you should wear and is appropriate for the occasion.  It doesn't mean wear what you want.  Do we dress to the "nines"?  No, but we do dress up.  Formal doesn't mean ball gowns and tuxes.  Black tie does, but formal doesn't.

 

You should watch 'Meet me in St Louis' this holiday season.

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Funny I got a notice of a new post here tonight since I am just completed the last touches on my formal wear “haul’! This is a great time of year to do that for warmer weather formal dresses and shoes (....Caribbean.... 💃🏼). Six new dresses and 4 new pair of shoes, all at great prices 💅🏼   I don’t miss my younger days when we cruised with my parents and everyone “dressed” for dinner (heck, I love sandals and flip flops and relaxing as much as the next person!). 😎. But to me it is also fun to see people in their formal wear, it is interesting to see what people come up with. Plus, we LOVE having our photos made as (as I have said before...) they are some of the best we have made since we are happy and relaxed. 🌸🌼🌹

 

Lynn

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On 12/1/2018 at 12:03 AM, 2Beeze said:

Funny I got a notice of a new post here tonight since I am just completed the last touches on my formal wear “haul’! This is a great time of year to do that for warmer weather formal dresses and shoes (....Caribbean.... 💃🏼). Six new dresses and 4 new pair of shoes, all at great prices 💅🏼   I don’t miss my younger days when we cruised with my parents and everyone “dressed” for dinner (heck, I love sandals and flip flops and relaxing as much as the next person!). 😎. But to me it is also fun to see people in their formal wear, it is interesting to see what people come up with. Plus, we LOVE having our photos made as (as I have said before...) they are some of the best we have made since we are happy and relaxed. 🌸🌼🌹

 

Lynn

 

Congratulations on your haul - I hope you enjoy all your fancy duds 🙂 

 

Sorry to be off topic, but your phrasing for photos struck me.  Is that a southern expression (or is mine a northern?)?  I'm used to having my picture/photo taken rather than made.  Either way, I'm sure they will be lovely.

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5 hours ago, pacruise804 said:

 

Congratulations on your haul - I hope you enjoy all your fancy duds 🙂 

 

Sorry to be off topic, but your phrasing for photos struck me.  Is that a southern expression (or is mine a northern?)?  I'm used to having my picture/photo taken rather than made.  Either way, I'm sure they will be lovely.

Hi 😊. Not sure it’s geographically determined, but more tomato/tomaaato 😉 My husband is from Chicago and he says the same (I’m from Atlanta). But he does say he is going to “jump” into the shower and I tell him to please not get hurt 😂🤣😂🤣 I blame that more on years in the USMC of Y chromosome than on the Midwest though ✌🏼

 

Lynn

 

P.S. Thanks on the congrats, I intend to do my best to pull of “cute” if nothing else!

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I laughed out loud when you said your husband says he’s going to jump in the shower. I grew up in Missouri and I say that as well. Although sometimes I “hop in the shower” to “get cleaned up.”  The latter of which many of my southern friends say they have never heard from anyone but me. 

 

 

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On 11/15/2018 at 4:12 AM, BirdTravels said:

We're just off the Symphony of the Seas. I'll be the first to fully acknowledge the fact that there are only "suggestions" for dinner attire. From our table in the Main Dining Room, we could see 1/4 to 1/3 of the tables and did a quick survey. It is a lot easier to pick out men's clothes, so here's what we observed on Formal Night:

 

0% Tuxes (surprising)

25% Coats (could be coat and tie, or just coats in general)

65%-70% Casual shirts (polo shirts (many), dress shirts (many),  Hawaiian shirts (some))

5%-10% Shorts and Polo shirts/T-Shirts

 

We have contributed to the downturn in formal attire. We have not packed gowns/tuxes in several years. One less bulky item and shoes to pack.  We do still pack dinner dresses / suits. But, after three cruises on RCI in the past year where the "formal night" attire is getting more casual, maybe we can leave those behind too. 

It is not just cruises but society overall.  The Catholic Church on my street I swear they have installed a pool because everyone is in sundresses, t-shirts, shorts and flip flops.  I remember the days of dressing in suits to go to church.  Theater, even here in Los Angeles, is down to jeans and collard shirts.  I remember the days of dressing for the theater.

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20 hours ago, cindivan said:

I laughed out loud when you said your husband says he’s going to jump in the shower. I grew up in Missouri and I say that as well. Although sometimes I “hop in the shower” to “get cleaned up.”  The latter of which many of my southern friends say they have never heard from anyone but me. 

 

 

FYI, from MN, born and raised (with brief stints in Michigan, PA, and IA), and I say “jump in the shower” 🙂

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I pack a dress shirt for each day of the cruise along with 2 pairs of black pants. On formal nights I put on a tie. The other nights I go with no tie and the top button undone. Living crazy baby! 

 

This is way I only have to pack one pair of dress shoes. 

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On 11/17/2018 at 8:51 AM, BND said:

And men in Bermuda wear shorts with jackets.  So, you dress the way the locals do on a cruise?  Really?  Think of all the places cruise ships go and look at what they consider formal wear and let me know if you still feel that way.

If people are trying to dress as the locals do on each cruise, then some of it makes sense to me now: there's a Walmart in almost every port. 😂

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23 hours ago, cindivan said:

I laughed out loud when you said your husband says he’s going to jump in the shower. I grew up in Missouri and I say that as well. Although sometimes I “hop in the shower” to “get cleaned up.”  The latter of which many of my southern friends say they have never heard from anyone but me. 

 

 

And @pacruise804  

 

The “get cleaned up” one isn’t something we say for sure, not that I ever hear anyway 😂 - but now if my husband says he is going to hop in the shower I am going to give him a hard look and tell him that I had no idea that Marines hop 😱😬

 

@vacationlover_mn  as long as you don’t live in an upstairs apartment you should be fine with all that jumping 🤣

 

What is even funnier is when my husband’s Hawaiian family mixes English, Native Hawaiian, and Hawaiian slang into the same sentence! 

 

Lynn 

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