It’s 2017. Stop going into places with defined dress codes dressed inappropriately.
Today, I had lunch at a country club. The invitation stated that the dress code was club casual. Though I had a good idea of what that meant, do you know what I did? I Googled “Club casual” to make sure my understanding of that term was correct. Additionally, I went to the country club’s website to add a level of certainty to my decision for the day (different dress codes mean different things in different regions).
With all of the resources available to you, stop making yourself and those you represent look bad when, with a quick search, you could firm up your understanding of what is and isn’t appropriate in a given setting.
Make professional development a priority.