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Maybe I am getting really, really old - but anyone else wondering what happened to dress codes at nice restaurants? Back in the day, we pulled out special occasion garb and guys always wore a sports coat. If your date forgot his jacket, the maitre d' would provide a polyester relic from his secret closet. I have had three recent occasions when I dined at pricey, white-tablecloth establishments, only to be seated next to patrons who looked like they were on their way to the beach! Hats, ripped jeans and -I kid you not- an AC/DC t-shirt. Way too many outfits that were best left in a gym locker. And what self-respecting man wears a baseball cap to an elegant restaurant? Maybe If he just won the World Series. Curious as to current restaurant policy, I decided to question the hostesses as well as a friendly waiter. One high-dollar steakhouse gal told me they did not have a dress code, as they wanted their guests to be "comfortable." Another hostess at a posh eatery said "business casual," but no shorts or hats. She then explained that business casual included jeans. We noticed two ladies wearing faded mom jeans with tucked in logo t-shirts. Business casual? You must work at Facebook. Yet another sweet young employee said her elegant restaurant actually did have a dress code, but management never enforced it. My friendly waiter admitted it did bother him when diners wore sweat pants, but at least he said they make cowboys remove their Stetsons. Really. Am I out of touch? Anyone else feel a bit miffed when they are wearing their best duds and the person next to them looks like a slob? Feel free to agree or disagree! ~ Pat.