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Old April 2nd, 2007, 10:46 PM
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Default Attire on Smart Casual Evening

I have checked princess.com and the cruise answer book and they do not make it clear on the attire. They say" Skirts/Dresses and sweaters for ladies" They also mention "evening dresses" What is an evening dress? I think its a black dress (cocktail dress) but I need that for the formal dinner. So are you able to wear summer dresses? Please help me out!!

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Dresses works just fine or pant suits. Cocktail dress would be a little to much for smart casual evenings.(unless you want to) They just frown on short and cutoff type tinings.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 12:53 PM
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I have checked princess.com and the cruise answer book and they do not make it clear on the attire. They say" Skirts/Dresses and sweaters for ladies" They also mention "evening dresses" What is an evening dress? I think its a black dress (cocktail dress) but I need that for the formal dinner. So are you able to wear summer dresses? Please help me out!!
Princess started using the term "smart casual" about six or seven years ago because a lot of passengers misconstrued the term "casual" to mean that jeans and "T" shirts were okay. The explanation of "smart casual" evening attire in Princess's revised "Cruise AnswerBook" is exactly the same as the explanation of "casual" evening attire in the previous edition. The new term seems to be an effort to get the attention of the clueless, which probably is an exercise in futility in any case. The adjective "smart" in this context has no meaning whatsoever in traditional social etiquette, though I have seen a contemporary manual of social etiquette that attempted to distinguish between various variations of "casual" ("smart casual," "business casual," "country club casual," etc.).

Anyway, an "evening dress" is a full length formal dress that would be way too dressy for a "casual" (or "smart casual") evening. And an evening dress need not be black.

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Smart casual is for men Dockers and a nice shirt, golf, polo or hawaiian. For a woman it will be a dress or pants and a top. Just the kind of clothing that you might wear to church. Really, just a little more "dressed" than jeans and teeshirts.
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