“Private club.” The phrase just reeks of stuffiness. We rarely hear people call the Club at Wingtip stuffy, and if we did, it would break our hearts. Usually, and certainly on our best days, the words “accessible” and “comfy” are used to describe the environment upstairs. Certainly, when it comes to a dress code, amongst private clubs, we have one of the more lax dress codes around: all we really ask is no shorts, no sandals, and no sweats.
That said, as someone that prefers to wear a suit, and whose dream is to have a club filled with members and guests in formalwear (we come close twice a year during the Bond party and the Sinatra party!), I feel it’s my responsibility to at least try to influence the way a guest might dress for a visit to the Club.
Introducing the Best Dressed Guest
Beginning August 3rd, willing guests* to the Club may be asked for their photo to be taken which could win him/her a $250 gift certificate to the store**. Some of the Club’s staff will go through a month-long boot camp to recognize well-dressed guests, and upon taking a photo of him/her in the Club, we’ll post it to our Instagram page with the hashtags #wingtipsf and #bestdressedguest. A savvy Best Dressed Guest candidate will have their friends like the photo, maybe comment on it — you know, “lobby” in the worst sense of the word.
But this contest is not a democracy, so the popularity of a guest’s photo will be considered, with the final decision made by Wingtip’s Sartorial College. The winner will be contacted, and will be presented with a $250 gift certificate to spend in the store. Then we’ll do it again the next month!
* The guest can absolutely refuse to have their photo taken, or participate. Members, employees of Wingtip, and vendors, are not eligible to win. Guests can only win once in a calendar year although they should dress well all year round.
** In the spirit of a prize for dressing best, the gift certificate is not redeemable in the fly fishing or liquor department.