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Men vs. Manners

Dining etiquettes for MenDon’t we all dread committing faux pas at social dos? What if your fork accidently drops or you use the wrong dessert spoon? What should be a conversation starter when you are seated next to a total stranger? More often than not we all confront etiquette dilemmas such as sending RSVPs, timings, plus-one, table manners and other social graces.

So when invited to a social do – a high tea, a fine dining restaurant or a black tie affair, take a bit of time to mull over a few details that will make you look good.

Best dress bets for
High tea: Linen trousers / shirt in pastel shades, a neat pair of loafers.

Fine dining evening: Full sleeved evening shirt with trousers, leather footwear and accessories.

Black tie affair: Exactly that – white dress shirt, black tie and fine accessories and footwear!

DO

  • Acknowledge the invitation, find out if it is a special event and accordingly indicate your attendance.
  • Inquire about the dress code and time.
  • Be timely, meet the host, socialise, and partake of only the food / beverage that is being served (never order off the pre-decided fare!).
  • Pull the chair out for the ladies.
  • Use cutlery. Place it on your plate in between bites.

DO NOT

  • Take a plus one unless indicated.
  • Cite prices on the menu.
  • Eat open mouthed.
  • Make slurping sounds.
  • Click and snap fingers at service staff.

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