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Old November 16th, 2006, 04:26 PM
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On formal nights onboard, once dinner is over, do you go and change clothes, or do you stay formally dressed and enjoy the ambiance? If you do change, do you completely dress down, in shorts, dockers, capri's and the like?

Ladies, if you are wearing 4 inch Manolo's, are you crippled at the end of the night. or still strutting proudly? Can you dance in high heels?

How many ladies can wear those high heels? Me....NO!
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Old November 16th, 2006, 04:55 PM
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It depends ...
Sometime I eyeball the crowd in the casino and see if the people have dressed down.

HAL asks that you stay in the dress code of the evening in public places, but a lot of people don't.

I don't wear really high heels, so my feet don't complain!
Most of the time I would say I stay in my dressy clothes till bedtime.
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Old November 16th, 2006, 06:21 PM
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I enjoy staying in my dressy clothes all evening. My highest shoes are about 3 inches, but they are actually pretty comfortable. On our one and only family cruise my 16 y/o daughter kept her dressy clothes on all evening but my 13 y/o daughter changed into jeans before the show. Actually she changed out of her dinner clothes every night before the show. I was fine with that since she doesn't really like to dress up and I got her into a skirt four nights in a row for dinner!
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Old November 16th, 2006, 06:57 PM
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Whatever the dress code is for the evening, I maintain it til I retire for the night.

For me, Manalo's are to be admired like art. But I couldn't afford them or wear them. My evening shoes have about an inch-and-a-half heel, so that's not a problem, but my feet will complain anyway.

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On formal nights onboard, once dinner is over, do you go and change clothes, or do you stay formally dressed and enjoy the ambiance? If you do change, do you completely dress down, in shorts, dockers, capri's and the like?
In keeping with proper social etiquette, do whatever the cruise line prescribes.

>> If the cruise line says that the prescribed evening attire applies throughout the ship for the entire evening, I stay dressed in the prescribed evening attire until I retire to my cabin. To do otherwise is extremely gauche.

>> If the cruise line says that the prescribed evening attire applies only in the dining room and the show room, I'll change after the show (if the show is after dinner) or after dinner (if the show is before dinner).

>> If the cruise line says that the prescribed evening attire applies only in the dining room, I'll change after dinner.

But I have yet to cruise on a line that made the latter staement....

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We also stay in the formal wear for the entire evening--why go to that much work for just dinner?
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Since we usually do late seating dinner, we usually stay in our formal clothes to go to a show, lounge or casino. If we just plan on relaxing on deck, or going for a swim or hitting the hot tub then of course we will change our clothes
As for the shoes, Manolos, Jimmy Choos, are dreaming of shoes. I have worn 3" Stilletos on a cruise, danced the night away with no problem, as a matter of fact, those shoes are very comfortable, they are well made and fit my foot properly.
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We stay dressed - kind of makes the whole evening feel elegant - and quite "James Bondish" in the casino. As for high heels - I quite wearing them 10 years ago when I turned 50!
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Well, this is my first cruise, and I have worried about the formal night wear. I am really over the worry now, and I have already purchased my new dresses. They aren't $300 dresses, but I do have excellent taste, and I am confident that I have picked out two knock-em-dead formal night dresses

As for the 4" heels, I, like CruisinK n J, admire Manolo's, but can't afford them But, I ALWAYS wear the hightest heels that I can get my hands on. To me, there is no better feeling that stepping out in jeans, a nice shirt, and some stilletto sandals. My feet never hurt, and I have yet to fall, but then again, I'm only 25, maybe in 10 years I'll be singing a new tune....

Hope your cruise goes great, and your feet don't hate you...
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Old November 20th, 2006, 11:15 PM
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I like staying in formal clothes, but the men in my family don't! My dh will do whatever I ask (at least on a cruise....), but I usually let him off the hook after the show.

Since there are so many people that seem to eat on the Lido deck on formal night, you run into lots of folks in more casual wear.

As for heels - I love 'em, but they have to be a good pair that fit well, or else I end up kicking them off everytime I sit down!

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I tend to see how the evening goes before deciding whether to change or not. It also depends on what I'm wearing and how cold the ship is. As for high heels.....LOVE THEM!!!!! My highest heels are 4" and I don't have a bit of problem dancing the night away in them. I think it really depends on how well the shoe is made, there are some shoes out there with only a one inch heel and they hurt my feet.
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It also depends on how well your feet are made. And, how old they are!
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It also depends on how well your feet are made. And, how old they are!
And, more than anything else, on how accustomed you are to walking in shoes with heels of a give height.

Seriously, ladies who are not accustomed to wearing high heels do well to buy "pumps" or other dress shoes with a heel that's comfortable. There's not much that's less graceful than somebody trying to walk in heels that are much higher than she -- or, for that matter, he -- can handle.

I should add that the shoes that one normally wears play a major role in the shaping of one's foot and ankle. Thus, people who wear "flats" all the time and want to wear "spikes" really need to start with "kitten heels" and move to progressively higher heels in modest steps when one attains a good sense of balance and walks gracefully, with confidence and without having to concentrate on one's walking, on the heel that one has.

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Yes, our feet are like any other body area in that what we do on a regular basis affects the actual configuration of tendons, etc. Not a good idea to go from flats to spikes or even the reverse. I used to love the "higher the better" shoes for dressing up and wore a more modest heel height for work. But, arthritis and other medical problems prohibit anything more than a 1 inch heel now. I would be a sorry site in anything else!
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Norm makes a very vaild point. If you are used to wearing loafers or other casual shoes everyday and you want to make the jump to high heels, you can do it, but make sure they fit well and practice walking in them at home, also scuff up the bottoms on your asphalt driveway, it will give you some grip and traction. Seriously practice walking in your high heels at home.
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We always do the late seating so we can stay in our "nines" longer, yet shorter. Now if we were to go dance, then we would change into something more appropriate.
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We always do the late seating so we can stay in our "nines" longer, yet shorter. Now if we were to go dance, then we would change into something more appropriate.
Hunh???

What's more appropriate than a tuxedo and a full length dress with heels for a waltz, or a tango, or even a foxtrot?

Or are you planning to don the white tie and tails and put your wife into a ball gown for the occasion???

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I enjoy staying in my formal attire for the entire evening. There are not too many opportunities like that any more... so when I get the chance to dress up, I do!

As for heels, I wear them quite frequently and I've found that if you buy quality shoes (which does not necessarily equal expensive), they will not kill you. I can dance in my 4" heels all night and still be smiling at the end.

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