Partying at the club is always a big deal. But there’s no denying that figuring out what to wear to a club is tricky. Although a lot of people will tell you to “just express yourself,” it’s pretty obvious that there’s a specific (often unnamed) dress code that everyone follows.
A nightclub is a social nest where everyone is expected to look their best. No sloppy attires, sweats, and slippers allowed. However, there’s also the unsaid dress code that you need to be aware of. In this article, we’ll introduce you to with pieces, outfits, and tips that can guide you in dressing sleek and sexy while following current trends.
Let’s hop in!
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Night Club Dress Codes & Tips:
1. Go Upscale
When dressing for a night at the club, an upscaled fit is your best bet. Never wear anything that makes you look like you just got out of bed. Depending on the club’s formality, super short skirts may not even be allowed, so it’s best to check the dress code ahead of time.
A tip to look upscaled is picking clothes that fit you really well. If you plan on borrowing or buying at the thrift, adjusting the size to your own fit can make it look tailored, sleek, and classy. At the same time, you definitely don’t want to be too “buttoned up” since club outfits are meant to be a little risky.
2. Dress To Turn Heads
Dressing with the intention of drawing heads in your direction doesn’t mean you have to wear a completely over-the-top outfit. In fact, you should minimize flashy elements – minimal but bold is best.
To do this, first, find a dress or nightclub outfit that perfectly fits your body. Then, find a bit of a spark by adding in accessories or choosing a dress/top with gleaming silk fabric. Adding color that matches your skin tone can also help. When in doubt, you can always go black.
3. Show Your Curves
If there’s a perfect time to flaunt your body, it’s when you’re heading to a nightclub. Silky LBDs, mini pencil skirts, and bum-complimenting leather pants are all great club outfit options.
A tip when wearing curve-complimenting outfits is to balance it out with the total skin exposure. So if you’re wearing a tight dress, you can balance it out by lengthening your dress choice or wearing long sleeves.
What To Wear To A Club:
Here are some of our favorite pieces and club outfits.
LBD (Black Mini Dress)
A black mini dress or an LBD is a versatile piece that you MUST have in your wardrobe for club outfits. You can dress it down, dress it up, or wear it on its own. There are thousands of possibilities for this dress, especially when you’re wondering what to wear to a club. You can never go wrong!
When wearing an LBD to the club, choose something that shows your curves. So, generally, you would want to avoid peplum dresses or oversized shirt-style dresses. You can dress it up by adding a neckpiece and a bit of ear jewelry. If it’s cold, you can bring (or wear) a black leather jacket or blazer (we recommend against cardigans).
Silk Black Mini Dress + High Strappy Sandals + Leather Jacket
Black Mini Dress + Ankle Boots + Glitter Sequin Sling Purse
Long-Sleeved Black Mini Dress + Stilettos + Leather Sling Purse
Who says you can’t wear a button-down shirt to the club? If you’re traveling and you get spontaneously invited to a club, knowing how to dress up a button-down is very helpful.
For starters, you can simply unbutton the bottom part of the shirt and tie it as you would tie a shirt into a crop top. If you want to give it a new character, you can unbutton a few more on the upper part of the shirt and stretch it to your shoulders. Tie the bottom part as mentioned earlier. Now you have an off-shoulder top!
Another way you can play with a button-down shirt is by turning it into a cover-up for a tube top and a skirt ensemble. You can also use it as a dress (if it’s oversized) and cinch it with a belt.
White Button-Down (Tied crop style) + Mini Skirt + Strappy Sandals
Black Button-Down (Off-shoulder style) + Bodycon Dress + Strappy Sandals
Black Button Down + HW Black Leather Pants + Ankle Boots
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High-waisted jeans can be very versatile and flexible. A pair can save you tons of time and effort to mix and match because it looks good with just about any top.
There are a lot of types that you can choose from, but I suggest sticking with these three fabric types when dressing up for a nightclub: leather, denim, and stretchy cotton/cotton twill (trouser-like fabric). Keep in mind that some clubs won’t allow denim, but most will allow leather (my personal favorite).
Leather high-waisted jeans can be paired with a black tube top or a glitter halter top. Since leather is already upscaled, you can either choose to wear a simple top (tube or plain top) or match the leather’s dressy element.
Black denim can be paired with almost anything but you are freer to go a little extra for the top. Cotton-twill or trouser-like fabric can be worn with a cut-out top and strappy sandals. Because this fabric is a bit formal, you can go a little more dramatic with your top and your shoes. If you want a splash of color, you can go with colored high-waisted pants as a base to a color block outfit.
Black Leather + Glitter Top + Strappy Sandals
Black Washed Denim + Cami Top + Ankle Boots
Pink High-Waisted Trouser + White Cut-out top + Strappy Sandals
Strappy Cami Top
A silky strappy cami-top is one of my favorite go-to clubbing pieces. It’s stylish, versatile, and sexy. Plus, it can be repeated as many times as you want without being noticed at all. A bit of mix-and-match can give it a thousand lives!
I love wearing my cami top with mini skorts or with a pencil skirt. But apart from that, there are a lot more ways to style a cami top. Just like an LBD, you should have a monochrome set of cami tops in your wardrobe. Why? Because you can wear them off the club or wear them as it is! Versatile and chic.
If you’re wondering what to wear to a club and are choosing a pants outfit, I definitely recommend looking for a strappy cami.
Cami Top + High-waisted Leather Pants + Strappy Sandals
Silk Cami Top + Pencil Skirt + Stilettos
Whenever I’m wondering what to wear to a club on a specific night, I always look to my bodysuit. A V-neck bodysuit is both stylish and easy to style. Bodysuits are also usually body-hugging, which is a plus! A little chest exposure can balance your skin to fabric ratio, but you can always switch it up to a tube if that’s more your preference.
A bodysuit can be paired with stilettos for a sleek look. If you want to cover up, a matching crop blazer can give it a little “oomph” and make your club outfit super unique. Plus, a bodysuit is motion-friendly, so trust that it will never come off on the dance floor no matter how hard you dance!
V-neck Bodysuit + Black Skorts + Strappy Sandals
Bodysuit Onesie + Black Belt Bag Purse + Stiletto Heels
Lace Bodysuit + Leather Pants + Strappy Heels
A tube top is super versatile. You can pair it with high-waisted pants, shorts, a skirt — anything and everything under the sun. You can also flaunt it with a blazer for a sleek club outfit.
My favorite look with a black tube top is composed of cycling shorts, a black belt purse, and a gold glitter blazer. Apart from that, I love wearing it with high-waisted pants and stiletto heels. So easy!
Tube top + Washed Denim Jeans + Open-toed Heels
Tube Top + Cycling Shorts + Black Belt Purse + White Sneakers
Tube Top + Black Pencil Skirt + Stiletto Heels
Mini Pencil Skirt
A mini pencil skirt is a helpful deciding piece that you can blend with any dressy top. It is curve-defining and sexy, which makes it a nice addition to your nightclub outfit capsule wardrobe. A knee-length type works well too – especially if your top already exposes a lot of skin. This balances the elements in your outfit.
I usually pair a black pencil skirt with a silky cami top or a tube top, but there are hundreds of options that you can pair with this piece. Another favorite is a mini beige leather pencil skirt, which I love pairing with white leather knee-high boots or tie-up sandals. Whenever I’m wondering what to wear to a club, the mini pencil skirt is always one of my go-to options!
Burgundy Tube Top + Beige Mini Pencil Skirt + Strappy Sandals
Black Silk Cami Top + Knee-length Pencil Skirt + Strappy Sandals
Black V-neck Body Suit + Black Pencil Skirt + Knee-high Boots
The “skort” is a shorts-skirt hybrid inspired by the first culottes invented in the 1930s. Culottes were initially invented for practical purposes, particularly for women in dresses to be able to ride the bicycle. Wearing skorts at a club makes everything easy – from dancing to spontaneous after-party events. And you just don’t have to worry about anything slipping, which is a huge plus in my book.
Skorts are usually made to look like a wrap mini skirt which makes it fairly easy to dress them up with any top. I like wearing mine with a fitted crop top or halter top. During the day, I also like to wear them with crop blazers.
Skorts are one of my favorite nightclub outfit pieces because they’re so comfy and sleek!
Sequined Halter Top + Black Skorts + Ankle Boots
Crop Blazer + Tube Crop Top + Skorts + Strappy Sandals
V-neck Body Suit + Skorts + Ankle Boots/Strappy Stilettos
A bodycon dress is the type of piece that you can throw on just as it is for nightclub outfits. Add a few accessories, like a necklace or hoop earrings and you’re ready to go! A bodycon dress is just as beautiful as an LBD but only extra sexy!
The secret to flaunting a bodycon is by wearing inner tummy support that can emphasize your curves. But if you prefer wearing one without a corset, feel free to do so. I love wearing mine with one-strap stilettos and a sling purse. This is definitely one of my go-to club outfits.
Rose Gold Silky Bodycon Dress + White Gold Earrings + Strappy Stilettos
Beige Bodycon Dress + Gold Hoop Earrings + Close-toed Heels
Black Lace Bodycon Dress + Sling Purse + Close-toed Heels
Stilettos are generally a great piece to have in your wardrobe because you can use them for both formal and clubbing events. Because you only have occasional chances to flaunt stilettos, it’s best to invest in a stylish and high-quality pair that will last you years.
If high-heeled stilettos do not make you comfortable, it’s best to choose lower-heeled pumps. And if possible, bring pocketable flats for emergencies. Blisters are highly possible especially if you’re in for a long night.
Bodycon Dress + Open-toed Stiletto Heels
Cami Top + Skorts + Close-toed Stiletto Heels
Bodysuit Onesie + Belt Purse + Close-toed Stiletto Heels
Knee-high boots (either laced-up or not) are trendy, chic, and stylish right now. I love pairing them with mini skirts and dresses because they balance out the whole look. Plus, it adds depth and layer to a very minimal ensemble.
While black knee-high boots can give a versatile, classic look, a white pair can inspire an 80s retro-punk trendy fit. I love wearing my white pair with color block items because it can easily make it cool without much effort!
White Halter Top + White Mini Skirt + White Leather Knee-high Boots
Bodysuit + Black Mini Skirt + Black Knee-high Boots
Mini Halter Bodycon Dress + Black Knee-high Boots
Close/Open Toed Flats
If there’s anything stopping you from wearing heels, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go to the party. Close or open-toed flats are as welcome to the party as stiletto heels are. So don’t fret, you’re still going to the party!
When picking out close-toed flats, I usually pick the pointy ones because they can easily replicate the look of fierce-looking stilettos for any nightclub outfits. Ballet flats are too dainty and conservative for a sexy fit, so you might want to cross that one off the list. For open-toed flats, choose the strappy types to add an extra “oomph” to your club outfits.
Bodycon Dress + Pointed Closed-toed Flats + Sling Purse
Cami Top + Skorts + Strappy Flats
Where To Buy Club Outfits:
Zara: Obviously, Zara has some generally awesome pieces for nightclub outfits. I especially love their bodysuits, jeans, purses, and shoes.
H&M: If you’re looking for budget outfit pieces when you’re wondering what to wear to a club, H&M is definitely your best option year-round.
Revolve: While Revolve’s pieces are a bit more expensive, they’re great club outfit options and are super trendy. I especially love their tops and leather pants.
Hello Molly: This site has some gorgeous pieces that are a bit more…girly? But still perfect for the classic club outfits. I especially love Hello Molly pieces in the summer. The LBDs are also great herel.
Other great options for what to wear to a club include Princess Polly, House Of CB, Oh Polly, Miss Lola, and Mehski. These all have great nightclub outfits, though you may need to mix and match (they’re smaller boutiques so they don’t all sell every piece you’ll need).
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Nightclub Outfits For Inspiration:
This is one of my favorite nightclub outfits as a go-to. It’s classic and works well for just about any club.
If you’re wondering what to wear to a club with pants, this outfit is a great option! It’s classy and sleek but still has a sexy side.
For younger gals who want to show off a bit, this is one of the best club outfit ideas. We especially love the shoes!
Here are some classic nightclub outfits that work for just about any venue.
These are some of my favorite nightclub outfits because they’re sleek and sexy.
Again, some classic club outfits for women that work in just about any club.
This is a great winter club outfit that’s super trendy right now!
As far as clubbing outfits go, this is an aggressive choice but it’s super fun. We recommend this look for an upscale club.
Hopefully, these ideas help you put together some gorgeous nightclub outfits! When you’re wondering what to wear to a nightclub, remember that the color black is always appropriate. Above all, your clubbing outfits should always be comfortable and easy to move in – don’t forget to test out your heels ahead of time. Enjoy!