Do's and Don'ts : How to Dress For a Night Out

by Noella Wynter
07.22.2012


Going out is never just about going out and having a good time, it’s about going out and impressing people.  And if you want to get in the club to impress people, you have to look the part. Ladies, you don’t want to wait in line, right? And fellas – well, you want to get in, right? By dressing the part, your wishes will come true. We at Clubplanet don’t want you to suffer – we want you to party. Here are some do’s and don’ts for dressing yourself for any club scene. Abide by them and get in, don’t and, well, you’ll be a nightclub fashion don’t.

First things first: DO show skin if you’re a girl. Even if it’s cold, that’s no excuse as you can wear a jacket and then check it. Skin definitely gets attention. But DON’T show all your assets at once, unless you want to look like you’re a good time girl ready for more. Choose one body part you really want to flaunt (legs, boobs, or belly) and show the other body parts in moderation. Remember – leaving something to the imagination never hurt.

Guys, DO rock a button-down, collared shirt. It’s pretty much in the man’s code that this is, in fact, what you should wear when going out. It’s simple, classic and looks good, so it’ll get you in. If you want to take some fashion risks and stand out from the pack, you can even rock a suit, just DON’T wear anything metallic on your torso. That’s right, no metallic shirts, shiny blazers or T-shirts. Disco is long dead, brotha.

When it comes to shoes, DO wear higher-than-high heels. Not only will they get you noticed, you can scan the crowd for cute ballers in the VIP section. And once you get invited to a table, you don’t have to stand in your heels all night. DON’T wear stripper shoes though, that’s a bit much – unless, of course, you are a stripper.

DON’T wear athletic shoes, guys. When all the clubs worth going to have nice dress codes, Nikes just won’t cut it. DO rock a nice pair of loafers or oxfords.

Skinny jeans, albeit hip, are unflattering on most body types. Unless you’ve got a twiggy figure, DON’T wear skinny jeans out to the club. If you’re aware they don’t look the greatest, you won’t be comfortable, and that’ll show through when you’re trying to have fun. DO wear a tight pair of bootleg jeans or even the “now” wide leg trouser jean. Sure ,they’ve got wide legs, but a good pair will be tight around your rear, emphasizing your behind. And that’s what the guys should be looking at – like, a good stare, not a bad stare – when they watch you dance.

DON’T wear layers upon layers of necklaces and bracelets – it’ll look too much like a costume. If you must layer, pick one form of jewelry to bulk up on. Necklaces if you’re wearing a cleavage-bearing top, bracelets if you’re trying to emphasize your legs.  DO match long layered necklaces or several bangles with a nice pair of sparkly chandelier earrings to catch the light, and you’re set.

Bags: Once you’re inside, you’re going to want to dance, schmooze and move. DON’T let a bag that can fit quintuplets drag you down as you meander about the club. DO bring a clutch that’s big enough to fit your wallet, lip-gloss and camera. No annoying purse strap to tug on throughout the night, and best of all, they’re so chic!

Dresses are such a cinch when it comes to clubbing – as long as it’s short and strappy, you’re good to go! DO stand out from all the other LBDs and wear a fun printed dress – try zebra or cheetah prints on for size, and keep the dress ultra-short without too much cleavage for maximum check-me-out potential. DON’T worry about standing out too much. You came to the club to get noticed and have fun – what happens here stays here, so don’t worry about those photogs taking your picture. Oh, and just in case, DO wear underwear.

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