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What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

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What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

I'm visiting with friends in a couple of weeks time and we've booked afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson whilst we're there. Would jeans and a smart top be okay? In England is can vary depending on where you go.

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11. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

Bucketlisters

That made me smile and just what my mum says :)

But I love my jeans and dress them up or down.

In August it's highly unlikely to be that hot, in fact all I have seen are photos of friends in jumpers, coats and scarves in Cape Town the last couple of weeks!

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12. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

I wore a dress when I had afternoon tea at The Savoy in London and jeans and a smart top when I had it at the Mandarin Oriental in NYC. I don't wear skirts. As usual when I go on holiday I expect I'll bring lots of clothes, some of which I won't wear but at least it gives me choices.

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Lisa - do you think that's just because it's cold to them? Where I've checked the weather it's saying it's 17/18 degrees which to me is top/light cardi or light top weather!

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14. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

The last 2 weeks have been particularly chilly, especially out of Cape Town in the winelands for example or other valleys, where temps have been ranging from 2 degs to 18 degs in a day. They even had snow on the mountains 2 weeks ago.

But yes, locals definitely class cold as warmer than us! I met a friend for lunch a couiple of years ago. It was 15 degs. I had a light jacket on and she had a wooly winter coat on :)

I have been in winter a few times and on warm days it can be 25 degs but on cold days it can be 12 degs and it is chilly at night.

I usually live in jeans, t shirts, cardi, light weight jacket and an umbrella in case it rains.

On a nice winter's day it is stunning. The sky is so blue and the sunsets are amazing.

Lisa

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15. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

Thanks Lisa. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions before the holiday :)

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16. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

I'm with you Bucket-Lister. Jeans don't go on holiday with me unless I'm "camping". Not on safari, not to cities and certainly not to high tea. Casual does not have to be dressed down.

I live in jeans and t's too. But there's a time and place. Not in my suitcase.

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17. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

CBIR ..... you are my BFF.....a long skirt if it's cool out....I also feel it's much easier in public restrooms,planes,etc to pull something up instead of pants,capris,jeans,etc. which hang to close to the floor for me!!l😭😭😭😭

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18. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

Jeans and a smart top would be marginal. Its a good excuse to wear something nice.

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19. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

I went with a group of friends, we wore jeans/chinos/shorts, tshirts and hoodies :) very casual.

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20. Re: What to wear for afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson

I agree with poster 19, I have seen guests wearing anything from hoodies to collar and tie on the 3 times I have had tea at the Nelson. Some of the guests came from the swimming pool with just kaftan type dresses over their swimwear.

It is a lovely place in a nice setting , so I do tend to dress up a bit more than when going to an ordinary restaurant but wouldn't bother to pack clothes for just that occasion .

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