Wearing a hat to the dining room shows the person has no manners, as for having a medical condition, even though he had lost all his hair to cancer treatments my husband did not wear a hat to the dining room at any meal. Yes he was bald but so were a couple of very famous film stars.
On a HAL very long cruise earlier this year, I saw the ultimate in bad manners. It was formal night, she wore a heavily beaded gown, he wore a regular tux and a Very Battered Dirty Baseball cap! There was hair stiicking out from under it so he did have hair. Only wish the Maitre D had done something.
I was looking at the grade 12 catalouge of formal wear for Grad 2006 (I am a teacher) and I came across a very interesting design it was a western cut tux with jacket, vest, formal shirt and a modified western tie that are to be worn with blue jeans. Would that meet the dress code?
My personal view of this is I have better things to do on a cruise than worry about what other people are wearing nor do I really care. I rent my tux I look good thats all that matters to me.
Maybe it's just me, but I did not assume the OP's final comment (it was a wonderful cruise) was necessarily related to the gentleman not returning to the table.
As for ladies' hats, I'm known at our church as "the hat lady" because of my proclivity for wearing hats - love 'em. I don't cruise with them because it's too bulky and since I always do all carry on it just won't work.
But it is a societal norm that ladies are permitted to wear hats indoors. Small consolation for all that we gave up in the name of equality!
You have to keep the lid down, so the snakes that get into the sewer system don't come up and into your bathroom!
Maybe it's time for men to demand equality and be allowed to wear hats while dining! If it's OK for women, it's OK for men too.
Then we'll move to a debate about the swimming pool. If men don't have to wear tops, then women shouldn't have to.
As far as a person with a "medical condition," if that were the case, the person owes no one an explanation. It's a private matter.
Haaa--- but even with everyone dining naked in order to avoid dress codes fuss, would those with scars be denied entry, as some scars would, no doubt, be offensive to some. Hairy chested people, especially ladies with hairy chests, might be considered offensive to some as they slurp their soup.
Do you want everyone to go blind? As much as I enjoyed my dinner companions, I sooooo don't want to see them naked.
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