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Leave the flip-flops behind

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:24 am
by Stevenloan
"The nouveau riche gather at Chill Sky Bar, where cocktails conceived by the mixologist Le Thanh Tung are shaken at an illuminated outdoor bar, while 23rd-floor Shri is stylishly subdued. Intimate tables on the terrace are surrounded by potted frangipanis and the occasional songbird. Book ahead and leave the flip-flops behind."

- Hi everyone! I guess "leave the flip-flops behind" has a figurative meaning in this situation, is it correct? If yes, please let me know what the phrase means in this case.

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan

Re: Leave the flip-flops behind

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:42 am
by Erik_Kowal
It means "dress smartly, not casually".

In the West, flip-flops are generally associated with use in the home or on the beach, and with people who can't afford better footwear. The nouveaux riches tend not to like to be reminded of their humble social origins, so I presume that many of them prefer to avoid mixing with anyone whose appearance of poverty might reduce their self-perceived social status in their own or other people's eyes. The Chill Sky Bar might even be operating a restrictive dress code in order to pander to this form of customer snobbery.

Re: Leave the flip-flops behind

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:04 am
by Stevenloan
Erik : Thanks a lot for your very detailed answer. It really helps.

StevenLoan