Just an attempt at humor, Grant. I really wouldn't go dressed in ripped jeans and a greasy tee-shirt to ANY congressman's dinner. To answer the original question, I'd go with a dress shirt, tie, and dress pants. For a 7:30 AM breakfast, I'm not sure I'd wear a tie, particularly for a younger man---that seems a little too formal. At the least, I'd remove my jacket at the table. But either way, it's important not to be too self-conscious---anything along the lines of "business casual" on up is appropriate, and won't cause anybody to notice the way one is dressed.
To the OP---congratulations on such a nice opportunity!
Or tell him that a restaurant ran out of food before he could get there
Oh, that wouldn't be a problem---any DECENT restaurant would, OF COURSE, see that they're running low and would prepare more food ahead of time (and I only eat in decent restaurants). Seriously, Shieldes, are YOU the one I had that conversation with once-upon-a-time? I didn't even remember who it was.
You guys are lame. Serveto's first attempt at humor in years, and you shit all over him.
Great responses! Thanks everyone! I am leaning towards a pressed chinos with blue blazer look. I am comfortable wearing ties as I frequently wear them at work so I will probably add that as well.
Something to keep in mind is you're likely to pass through at least a metal detector on your way into the building. When I was last in DC federal buildings, they had like super-powered metal detectors that didn't like the metal buttons on my suit and demagnetized my subway fare cards - so worse than I've experienced at airports.
So keep this in mind when choosing belt v. braces and other metal aspects of your attire. To be safe, buy one-way Metro cards. A hassle, but not as much of a hassle as dealing with a demagnetized card.
So, in other words, steel toed boots, a snap front shirt, and a giant trophy buckle.
Same as I wore when I visited the DoJ. ;)
I had one week in DC in law school pretending to be grown-up. I had only the one suit with the problematic buttons. The Metro card thing was super annoying until I mentioned it to a local who explained it was the metal detectors.
Worse than any American building was the Israeli embassy. You couldn't even take photos from the street, couldn't bring in a purse or briefcase or paper cup of coffee, and needed an escort to use the restroom (and the food was stale).
I still had a good time, of course, learned lots and all. Just wish I had these tips before my tour.
A blade made out of artificial sapphire can get past any metal detector, you just have to get close enough to your Congressman...if that's your aim...