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*14 real-life looks & tips 2023!* What to wear to French Laundry?

*14 real-life looks & tips 2023!* What to wear to French Laundry?

As known as one of the toughest reservations in America, securing a table in French laundry is no easy feat…at all. 

So you’ve done all the right thing, set the alarm clock at 10 am, and keep refreshing their reservation page like crazy until new timeslots pop up.

When the clock turns to 10, you clicked the 6 pm button as fast as you possibly can.

Oops, it’s taken.

You end up taking the noon timeslot – well, still not bad!

So congrats! You are now heading to this three-starred Michelin and have a fabulous time there!

And that leads to the question: What to wear to French Laundry? Is there any dress code?

No worries, I’ve gathered 14 real-life French Laundry guest outfits from Instagram along with some pro tips so you can get inspired! Enjoy!

1. What to wear to french laundry?

As an upscale restaurant, French Laundry has a dress code that requires jackets for men and no T-shirts and sneakers are allowed.

As a safe bet, I’d say suit for men and dress and heels for ladies. When in doubt, dress comfy and polished.

2. A floral dress as a failproof

For ladies, you don’t have many restrictions on what to wear as long as you dress decent.

Despite its rich French cuisine and high culinary culture, French Laundry is known for its cottage core aesthetic.

The dining room is surrounded by all kinds of plants, which elevate your dining experience to a whole new level.

When in doubt, a refreshing floral dress is perfect for a relaxing long lunch there.

Such a day

3. What to wear to french laundry dinner?

If you want to wear something classic, an LBD is a universally flattering choice for a dinner night.

Their night menu is super long (with around 11-12 courses and also desserts) and a high chance you will be super bloated after a good three hours.

So yes, you just can’t go wrong with a forgiving black dress.

4. Asymmetrical dress for french laundry dinner

If you want to dress slimmer, go for the dress with an asymmetrical hemline. It just draws eyes vertically and makes your legs appear to be longer.

I love loving this asymmetrical dress below on Amazon. It looks sleek and forgiving at the same time (Ruching details to cover the belly). BIG LOVE

5. What to wear to French Laundry daytime

Want to look high-class? Go for shimmering fabric like satin and silk just add a distinctive dash of lush to your get-up.

Together with a dainty clutch and nice pumps, this look is a 10/10.

6. What to wear to French Laundry in winter

For the ladies who gravitate toward pants, lean into it!

Believe it or not, the dress code of French Laundry is not as strict as you thought. For the daytime, a sweater top and culotte pants are certainly doable.

To play safe, I’ll suggest you add a belt to polish up the look.

7. French laundry dress code

For the cool girl out there, a biker jacket and a forest green dress just scream the vibes!

Simple yet edgy.

8. Go extra fancy if you’re the birthday star

While wearing a tie is optional, if you are the birthday boy, it’s such a great opportunity to pump up the look!

Don’t forget to take photos with your birthday cake! They are literally ON FIRE.

9. Go preppy southern for a French Laundry restaurant

Who said wearing a suit has to look boring?

This gentleman just rocks southern preppy style in the best possible way.

Love that blue checkered blazer.

10. What NOT to wear to French Laundry

What NOT to wear to French Laundry
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I know ladies, it’s so tempting to look the best for a fine dining date. However, a bodycon dress and restrictive clothing like a corset belt is a big no-no.

Trust me, you will be incredibly full and that sexy bodycon will suffocate you so badly.

Making sure your dress has some wiggle room is the best tip I can give you.

11. Bring a shrug with you

While Napa in summer can be baking hot, the dining room is air-conditioned so you better bring a light jacket with you.

If you are dressing in a fancy dress, this super cute shrug just looks perfect on any outfit!

I found this gem on Amazon and surprisingly the fabric look really nice and expensive-looking.

It comes in so many colors, check out more reviews on Amazon!

12. Spice up the look with velvet

Go big or go home.

A velvet blazer just you look polished instantly. Definitely perfect for a 3-star Michelin night!

13. Casual monochromatic look to French Laundry

If you want to dress down a bit, here’s the sweet mash-up for you: A lace top, boot-cut beige jeans, and an oversized cardigan for an effortlessly chic look.

As a petite girl, I love monochromatic outfits like this.

Wearing in a similar shade just elongate my figure and make me look taller and slimmer visually. LOVE

This is so random… BUT

hey ladies, why not quickly do an affirmation and feel instantly better?

This new year, I’m trying not only to share fashion tips but come up with ways to instill body positivity in all women who are reading my articles – aka YOU!

Instead of just reading it, say it loud or murmur the quotes (if you are in public) to maximize the effect.

Ready? Here we go.

I love my body. She is my forever home and sanctuary.

Sassy isn’t a shape, it’s an attitude.

Work out because I love my body – not because I hate it.

I can love myself and change my body at the same time. No guilt about that.

It is completely normal to have tummy rolls. I come to realize that social media isn’t showing the reality… at all.

My happiest moments in life had nothing to do with the way my body looked.

I don’t have to be pretty like her, I can be pretty like …ME.

I AM perfect imperfection.

What are your thoughts on that? I hope that makes you feel better (as you deserved).

Please help me pass the body positivity message in your community. #womenhelpwomen

Alright, now keep on reading!

14. T-shirt and blazer as a casual combo

When the restaurant says you can’t wear a T-shirt, it should be acceptable if you team it up with a jacket for daytime dining.

That said, their dress code may change. When in doubt, make sure to email them to double confirm.


So there you go – the 14 outfit ideas if you wonder what to wear to the French laundry.

What are your thoughts on that? I hope you get inspired and now it’s time to pin down your final look and spoil your tummy with fine French cuisine!

For related outfit ideas, feel free to check out the article below. See you there loves!

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