Nightclub fashion guidelines for men
Learn what to avoid when dressing up to go out dancing.
Most men are comfortable in a worn t-shirt and a good pair of jeans. But while this outfit may be fine for around the house or for hanging out with friends, it may not cut the mustard at a trendy nightclub or bar. So check out this quick guide for what not to wear to a nightclub, you may find these tips can get you looking trendy and fashionable in no time at all.
First, make sure whatever you end up wearing is properly clean and ironed. Unless you are wearing one of those trendy wrinkle shirts, you should make sure to pass an iron over your shirts at least once before leaving. Bright lights may accent the wrinkles in an un-ironed shirt, making you look much less trendy than you would have expected. Of course, for darkened dance clubs, the problem is somewhat alleviated. But for a general rule, try to avoid wearing something that has massive wrinkles or looks like it was picked up off the floor. Even if it was, a quick press can get it back to looking like new.
Next, check that there are no stains or spots on your shirt that might show up during the night. A blotch may not seem like much, but when picked out with a black light it may become much more noticeable. Clean clothing make all the difference, so do not wear a dirty shirt. This also applies to pants, but to a lesser degree. White clothing in general should be kept very clean, make use of bleach if you have to to get tough stains out. With black clothes the issue is less important, but of course make sure the shirt isn't smelly or stained.
Your undershirt is a part of your outfit, and you should take pride in it. Not only will an undershirt protect you from sweat stains, it will also peek out of the collar of your shirt.
So unless it matches with the outfit, you should not wear a colored undershirt. Instead, plain black or white goes with most outfits.
Dress comfortably, but look your best. Don't wear clothes that make you uncomfortable, since that may prevent you from having a good time. Nowadays, clubs have a range of acceptable dress codes, and casual is in. If you are uncomfortable wearing a nice shirt and tie, dress down with a plain black long-sleeved shirt and nice pants. A casual sweater can also go a long way, while still being comfortable and not too dressy. Don't wear a tie if you don't have to, unless you want to.
Avoid wearing different patterns together. Stripes and plaids, dots and prints, any combination of two or more patterns will clash if not done with the proper taste and judgment. Often, simple is best, a plain white shirt or pinstripe pants is much better than a compilation of several busy patterns. You shoes should match your outfit, and if you have any doubts, stick to black or brown shoes.
Don't wear a tie unless you have to. Contrary to popular belief, dressing up does not always mean putting on a tie and slacks. In fact, when going out to a nightclub, a tie is the last thing you want to wear. Instead, be cool and wear something nice that lets you breathe in the hot and stifling atmosphere of a steamy dance club. Unless the event you are going to is a formal affair, you should be fine without a tie.
Never wear shorts. Even if it's hot outside and you've been wearing shorts all day long, if you want to look good in a nightclub, shorts are out. Thin and breathable slacks should cut the heat just as effectively, but will also keep you looking fashionable. Shorts belong on tourists and kids, not dancers. The one possible exception to this rule is if you are going to a beach front night club or if you are on a tiny island in some South Pacific ocean. Of course, if that's the case, then Hawaiian shirts and shorts may be the dress code.