Everybody likes a night on the sauce every now and then; spending time with your mates, collecting excellent banter for the following day, busting out your very best moves on the dance floor – because it’s a proven fact that what you think is an absolutely cracking robot is definitely not a way to embarrass yourself in front of everyone.
An evening on the razzle can be great fun, but it is also an activity that can involve a certain amount of peacocking for everyone involved. Girls like to wear as little as decently possible; as do some men for that matter; other men like to walk around all night with their guns tensed – and a consistent 90% of these men will also be dressed in exactly the same clothes.
Despite this, such a competitive environment makes looking your best, dressing well and standing out a great deal more difficult than usual (made even harder when you consider all the other issues clubbing entails). Everyone has made an effort (with varying degrees of success), so it’s important to think carefully about what we wear. So how do you look whilst good on the lash?
FashionBeans of course encourages you to drink responsibly.
Now, I don’t profess to be a huge club fan but I have been known to lay down some moves on the odd occasion, so I do understand what things we need to consider. Below are some of the key things you should be thinking of when putting your outfits together.
Local club? Razzle with your mates? No special occasion? There really isn’t any need to go overboard, particularly when you consider the issues that I have raised above.
Keep things clean, simple and easy with a look that works for everyone but isn’t actually worn by that many. This is a look that is lightweight enough to handle the warmer summer temperatures, is inexpensive, can cope with any wayward liquids and can easily be made more individual with the use of a Henley, patterned tee or some unique jewellery pieces.
Using a style of footwear that is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but is seemingly on the decline (at least in my experience), this outfit makes use of lighter weight cottons and the current pattern trend to make a statement.
A pair of navy chinos will be much better able to deal with stains than anything in a lighter stone or mustard, and you could easily bring the colours up a notch with a roll of the hem and some loud socks.
Short or Long sleeved shirt is your choice, tucked or untucked it’s all fair game.
Of course, we aren’t all going to the grotty student club behind Asda. Some of us might be looking to attend some higher class establishments where the aforementioned stricter dress codes come into force. In this instance you have to up your game ever so slightly, pulling out some more refined, tailored pieces and a nice (but relatively inexpensive) pair of shoes.
In this instance I would suggest you still aim for lighter layers and keep the colours muted; there is still the risk of flying beer. An unstructured blazer is a great way to mix in some smart/casual elements and gives you lots of versatility with the under layer (white is safe here because you have the outer protection of a jacket). Keep it more casual with a tee or dress things up with a shirt.
Another clean, simple, easy yet refined look, this is perfect for any degree of club.
A pair of white leather pumps gives you a casual edge and wipe clean practicality. Some tailored trousers are a very subtle way of adding some individuality to an outfit and will formalise almost anything from a polo shirt to a tee.
With your upper half keep things a little more casual and play with patterns and stripes to make the outfit more interesting. Once again your accessories could really help you take your outfit to another level.
What to wear on a night out can often be a rather daunting affair; it is actually quite a pressured environment where everyone, without exception (well maybe one or two) has taken time out of their day to make themselves look presentable. It requires a lot more thought and preparation than you might have at first appreciated and the wrong decisions could result in some disastrous consequences.
Intelligent fabric and colour choice could mean the difference between being able to wear your favourite top and trousers again, whilst also stopping you being the sweaty one banished to the corner.
Whether you like to dress up or down on your nights out, I hope this lookbook has helped some of you. Maybe we will one day be lucky enough to meet in person. We can have a robot contest.
Let me know your thoughts and how YOU dress on a night out in the comments down below. Also make sure you tell us WHERE you like to go out, and what the dress code/environment is like.