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Dressing Up For a Night Out (5 Style Rules to Follow)


In the dark environment of a club, nobody is going to pay much attention to your outfit- unless you’ve made the wrong choices. There are a few general rules to dressing for clubs, and people will notice if you don’t follow them.

Dress appropriately

Come correct to the club!

The number one rule for club dressing is to dress for the club you’re going to. If it’s a laidback affair, a T-shirt and jeans will do. Somewhere more upmarket, you should be wearing a shirt and maybe even a tie. You don’t want to stand out for all the wrong reasons.

Work the lighting situation

It helps to know about the lights the club uses before you get dressed. If your nightspot of choice uses UV lights, wear white! You’ll get plenty of attention even in something as simple as a white shirt or belt- but not pants. Nobody should wear white pants.

Nightclubs are not the best place to show off your favorite, most expensive outfit. The lights are too low for anyone to appreciate it, and throughout the night it will be subjected to sweat, spilled drinks and the stench of cigarette smoke. Wear something which is passable, but not so precious to you that you care if it gets covered in beer.

Speaking of lighting in clubs, all clubs have low lighting levels, but some more so than others. If you are lacking in the looks department or are currently suffering from a bout of bad skin, consider going to a venue with poorer lighting than usual.

No sneakers

Even in casual clubs, running shoes are never a good choice. In particular, white sneakers are to be avoided, in case there are UV lights to illuminate your faux pas footwear. A pair of dark colored dress shoes should be your go-to footwear. Brogues are snappier choice for the more adventurous dresser. They should also be comfortable- you can’t hit the dance floor for long in uncomfortable shoes.

Dress lightly

You’re bound to get a little sweaty during the night as you work the dance floor. Wear breathable materials such as cotton, and if you wear a jacket to ward off the cold on your way there, make it one that you’re prepared to check in to the cloakroom.

When it comes to pants, you don’t have much choice: either jeans, or dress pants. Both are long, and there’s no getting around that- shorts are not a good look even at the most casual of venues.

Wear a statement piece

There are countless guys in clubs who are wearing the button-down shirt, tight jeans outfit. Which is great because it’s a look which is flattering on anyone and suits the situation, but you need a little something to set you apart from the pack. Wear something a little quirky, such as a bow tie, a necklace or a distinctive belt. It will add to your outfit and make you memorable against the backdrop of identically outfitted men.

About Natasha Abrahams

Natasha Abrahams is a writer and journalism student from Melbourne, Australia. When she is not busy with being a principal writer on Weekendnotes or skipping lectures, she can be found emptying her wallet at the nearest shopping centre. You can read more from Natasha at:

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