What to Wear to a Club – 53 Outfit Ideas for Men & Women
Club-goers everywhere know: what you wear to the party is just as important as the party itself. Not only are clubs usually the perfect place for photo opportunities, but they are also where you go to see and be seen.
Both of these factors combine to prove that it’s very important to be well-dressed. Furthermore, clubs are often incubators for new fashion styles and evolutions, so if you play it right, you may just become the forerunner of the newest trend!
Club Outfits for Women
1. See-Through Top Outfits
Not all see-through tops are the same — while some show peeks of skin on the chest or midriff, some show off the arms or shoulders. Also called a mesh top or a sheer top, these are a suggestive and alluring choice for club wear, regardless of the individual style. One of the best things about see-through tops is their layering potential, as they finally give an opportunity to show off stylish undergarments that are usually seldom seen. This is the perfect choice for somebody with a bralette or undershirt that they have been dying to show off. For something different altogether, choose a sheer long-sleeved top with a pattern or texture.
2. Little Black Dress Outfits
The LBD requires no introduction, but while we’re here, we’ll give it one anyway. Although many may be most familiar with it thanks to Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, this dress type has been a wardrobe essential since at least the early 1920s when it was worn by fashion icons such as Jean Patou. Mostly thanks to its versatility, the Little Black dress seemed to to rise to every challenge that the decades brought with them. Throughout the Great Depression, the dress was popular due to its press-sensitivity. Through the following decades, in the early age of Hollywood technicolor movies, the LBD was the beloved fashion choice among starlets because dresses of more vibrant colors did not show up well on the television screen.
Today, the dress’s popularity continues, although modern versions tend to be shorter and to come in more diverse styles than they were when they were first imagined. We especially love it when the LBD comes in an unconventional fabric type like satin, or when it has a unique neckline such as the halter style.
3. Leather Skirt Outfits
Leather skirts work best when they are skin-tight and paired with a shirt that is equally form-fitting. It’s rare for one item of clothing to camouflage through different styles, like goth, preppy, and hipster, but the leather skirt looks great across all style profiles. These skirts look especially great when paired with pointy high heels. For those who are not looking to spend a fortune, faux-leather options look just as great as the authentic ones.
4. Animal Print Outfits
You don’t have to be a Spice Girl to appreciate a good faux animal print, although it helps if you grew up familiar with the style thanks to the famous British girl group. Like many of the most compelling patterns in the fashion world, faux animal prints take their inspiration from the most influential force on Earth — nature. The most popular faux animal prints are inspired by cheetahs and leopards, but in recent years less conventional styles like giraffe spots, reptile skin, and even cow patterns have started to break into the scene.
5. Ripped Jeans Outfits
There are many types of denim that we must have in our possession in order to boast a fully-stocked wardrobe, from boyfriend jeans to high-waisted jeans to low-rise hip huggers. One pair that is often overlooked but great for the club is ripped jeans. Many workplaces do not allow for ripped jeans in their dress code, so we don’t always get the opportunity to wear this popular pants style. The club is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that.
6. Dress Shorts Outfits
Shorts may not seem like the most club-ready clothing item, but don’t write them off just yet. We’re not asking you to show up with bermuda shorts or even cuffed denim shorts, but there are various styles of classy short styles that come off as surprisingly dressy. This rings especially true for cotton or polyester shorts with elastic waist and ties in the front, or for rompers. Shorts are a functional choice for those who find themselves surrounded by people in a warm climate, where the temperature can remain quite high, even at night.
7. Sparkly Outfits
As humans, we love shiny things — it’s basically a fact. Who says that glitter and sparkles are only for beauty pageant contestants or young girls? There is a particular sense of glam that comes along with sequins and other similarly shiny materials. This type of outfit piece also works well in nearly every possible color, and as a top, dress, and skirt.
8. Knee High Boots Outfits
Knee-high boots are not for the faint of heart. However, whoever chooses to venture down this path is opening themselves up for an extra level of club high-fashion. Although this type of boat is traditionally made of leather, today they often come in a variety of synthetic materials. This type of boat pairs well with short skirts.
9. Boho Chic Outfits
Many of the outfits that have been covered so far have a sense of a ravishing quality, but what if glitz and glamour just isn’t your style? For those who prefer a more down-to-earth approach to fashion, boho chic outfits might be a style to consider. This type of club attire incorporates trends from different realms, predominantly from various countercultures such as hippies, flappers, and Bohemians.
10. Jumpsuit Outfits
Jumpsuits have been gaining popularity in recent years, which makes sense considering how flattering they can be for a variety of body types. A jumpsuit refers to a one-piece garment that is sleeveless or sleeved. They can be form-fitting or loose, and can come in a variety of colors of fabric-types, which makes them a unique (and comfortable) choice for clubbing.
11. Vintage Clubbing Outfits
Although millennials and Gen-Z’ers have embraced the art of club-going, these generations did not invite the culture altogether. Many consider dance clubs and disco clubs to have had their golden age in the 1970s and 1980s, so why not play tribute to this time by including some of its best fashion trends into your wardrobe?
70s and 80s fashion generally includes vibrant colors not commonly seen in today’s club fashion, such as bright pinks and oranges. It’s not for everyone, but if it is for you, you are sure to turn heads.
Club Outfits for Men
1. Blazer with Sneakers Outfits
When men show up at the club, they want to look poised, too — one of the best ways to do this is by deploying some of the more formal pieces that you likely already have in your wardrobe. If you have a blazer that you already use for the office, it can seamlessly be used as a club outfit as well. This handy fact means that you have to do very little to transition from work time to party time in the span of one day. Just take a pair of stylish sneakers to change into from your work shoes, and you’re all set.
2. Blazer with Boots Outfits
While we’re on the blazer topic, we would be remiss to mention this particular fashion style without also pointing out how well it goes with a pair of boots. This is a viable option for those who live in cooler climates that experience snow, or for those who have a pair of ankle boots that they have been waiting to have the opportunity to wear.
3. Plaid Top with Boots Outfits
If you’re not much into blazers, it is also popular to dress up the classic flannel shirt by matching it with a pair of ankle boots. To really pull your outfit together, try to strategically accessorize with a watch or bracelet.
4. Plaid Jacket with Sneakers Outfits
Sneakerheads rejoice — it is very much acceptable to wear your favorite footwear to the club. Match your favorite pair with a plaid jacket to achieve a casual look that is dancefloor-ready.
5. Plaid Jacket with Boots Outfits
Your plaid jacket may not be the first thing you go for when preparing for the club, but trust us when we say that it can look surprisingly in-place on the dancefloor. To dress it up, add a pair of sleek boots to your outfit. As for your pants, the plaid jacket/boot combination fits particularly well with a pair of blue denim or black denim.
6. Denim Jacket with Boots Outfits
If plaid isn’t your style, the denim jacket can make a surprisingly appropriate outfit for clubbing. Although a classic light or dark denim piece will do the trick, for something different try incorporating black or tan denim. This type of denim can look great either as a heavy jacket type wardrobe piece or a light denim shirt.
If you don’t want to hit the club in your sneakers, denim jackets also look attractive paired with ankle boots. The fact that this type of outerwear looks so good with a variety of shoe types is a testament to how dynamic it is as a fashion piece.
6. Denim Jacket with Sneakers Outfits
Another shout-out for the sneaker fans out there — here’s more proof that it’s totally possible to wear your sneakers to the club if done strategically. Pairing them with a denim jacket is a great way to pull off a casual look in style. This is a great option for those of us who aren’t habitual club goers, and who need to pull a passable outfit together with the essentials that we always have in our closets.
7. Button-Down Shirt with Sneakers Outfits
Wearing your button down shirt to the club is another easy way to get yourself club-ready without having to buy an entire new extension of your wardrobe. This is an effective way to prove that you aren’t at the club to impress anybody — except you probably will do exactly that anyway by virtue of the carefree vibe that you’re giving off being impressive in and of itself.
8. Button-Down Shirt with Boots Outfits
A button-down shirt with boots? At the club? It may seem counterintuitive, but if paired correctly these two business casual wardrobe staples can hold up on the d-floor. This outfit can easily be dressed down with a pair of your favorite denim jeans or khakis.
9. Leather Jacket with Oxford Shoes Outfit
Aside from denim, another type of jacket that works well at the club is the leather jacket. If you’re the kind of guy who has a pair of oxford shoes in the closet, they clash in the best kind of ways when worn with a leather jacket. It may seem strange in theory, but we promise that this is an unexpectedly satisfying match — the end result is less college English professor and more young, urban sophistication.
10. Leather Jacket with Sneakers Outfits
The leather jacket and sneaker combination is the perfect choice for the James Dean, rebel-without-a-cause kind of vibe. Okay, so it’s possible that James Dean wouldn’t have worn sneakers to go dancing — but it’s also possible that he would have grabbed at the opportunity to make such a daring fashion statement that blends two different fashion worlds together.
11. Leather Jacket with Boots Outfits
Just because you are matching a leather jacket with leather boots, it doesn’t mean that you have to overdo it. Adding a different type of pants fabric into the mix is a great way to ensure that your leather outfit doesn’t cross into motorcyclist territory — unless, of course, that is the vibe that you’re going for.
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