It’s been a long week, and you’re ready to wash away all of your workweek stress. You’ve made plans with your friends or date, but there’s one last detail to cover… what do you wear? A night out means that everyone will be looking their best, and you want to belong without blending in.
Not surprisingly, your night out outfit’s appropriateness depends on where you are going.
If you’re going to a Night Club there will always be a dress code and it will vary based on region and even the club itself. Do some research into what is appropriate. Nightclubs mean lots of hot, sweaty bodies and spilling drinks. Navy and grey are dark enough to flatter and they disguise sweat and spills in UV nightclub lighting, black and light colored fabrics do not.
Keep in mind that your shoes will probably take a beating from the club scene. Resist the temptation to sport your most expensive pair. A leather that you can clean and polish up like new the next day are ideal. Keep it classic with a black, plain toed shoe like the Eddy from Nunn Bush, with a slip-resistant rubber sole and padded collar to prevent blisters. If you need to keep it casual, take it down a few notches in something trendy from Cole Haan. Take it a step further and stand out with a pair of chukkas with a pop of color like the Lunargrand Chukka.
Meanwhile, for Date Night, you should avoid expecting the mess and dress to impress instead. What is appropriate always depends on the venue, so call or stop by before the date to see what kind of outfit will fit in. If you are short on time, you can always look the restaurant up online on sites like CitySearch and Google for photos and suggestions. Go-tos include sharply tailored silhouettes and darker or subtle neutral shades.
Most importantly, be sure to tell your date what you’re wearing so that you don’t out-dress her. Then, pay attention to your shoes–because she will, too. A well-kept black slip-on like the Vellum from Mezlan appears classic and effortless. At a more casual venue or during a day date, the soft deerskin Wimbley from Alan Payne will keep you looking cool and at ease. For a more rugged look, put on a pair of lace-up boots like the Alden Indy boot.
Whatever you choose, remember that your best accessory for a night out is confidence. Keep a good attitude and you’re sure to have a good time, regardless.