We all know that smart-casual can mean a lot of things, but let's not try and use it as an excuse for some questionable outfit choices.
Enter Paul Bruton, who was questioned on his choice of clothing when he entered a steakhouse in Gloucester. You might be wondering what the 29-year-old was wearing that didn't class as smart-casual?
According to the Mirror, he visited the Miller & Carter restaurant in Quedgeley with his fiancee while wearing a Los Angeles Lakers jersey and a pair of shorts.
He claims the steakhouse's duty manager told him: "We do have a dress code of smart-casual but we are not busy, so we will serve you."
But as you can probably tell by how this story is going, Paul was not one happy chappy.
"I was wearing shorts and a sleeveless T-shirt," he said. "That surely counts as casual. And my clothes were not dirty, ripped or covered in crap, so surely I met the smart bit, too.
"So, I can only think it was a personal remark against me for my tattoos showing. If I had gone in there wearing a skirt or a dress, they couldn't have said anything. This is 2018.
"It is quite expensive, but I thought I would treat the missus to something nice.
"To be honest, the only reason I went was because my bank had a 10 percent cashback special there.
"My fiancée was wearing jeans and a hoodie. We wore exactly the same clothes as last time, when no one told us anything about a dress code. We walked in and the duty manager looked us up and down.
"When she told us about the dress code, she looked at me like I was not posh enough to eat there."
To be fair to Miller & Carter, it has since issued an apology to poor-old Paul.
"We do have a smart-casual dress code in place at our steakhouse, which includes no sleeveless T-shirts," a spokesperson said.
"However, the manager did let the guest dine at the restaurant regardless of this."
Unless you're Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, it's probably best to leave the basketball top and shorts at home next time, Paul.
Words by Adnan Riaz
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