What's your opinion on wearing a suit to nightclubs?

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  1. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior member

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    Whenever I go clubbing, I notice that the vast majority, roughly 80%, of the male goers are wearing either:

    -Button down shirt(RL Polo for example) and denim jeans or chinos. Maybe a SC if they're really pushing it.
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    -V-neck or crew-neck and jeans/chinos.

    The remaining 20% tend to be a good mix of guys in suits and other clothings.

    I'm thinking that wearing a good cut, slim-fitting (if you have the body, that is...) darker suit would look pretty decent, solid charcoal or navy. No tie, two buttons undone on shirt...so that you have a more relaxed/casual look.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    Wouldn't a lot depend on the prevailing sartorial ethos at the the nightclub?

    As a general matter, I am not fond of mixing an open-necked shirt with a "formal" suit such as you imply with "charcoal or navy." It just seems incongruous. I do like an open-necked shirt with a casual suit. In fact, I was so attired yesterday for a luncheon with some fine sartorial gentlemen, including Andy Gilchrist and OlSarge. However, I am probably not the best person to give counsel on contemporary nightclubbing attire, being one of the very oldest old farts in the whole forum!
     
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    Yes, make sure you go to grown up clubs
     
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    Been going to clubs in suits since I was able to get in. Went down a storm at the Brighton beach night at the cockpit in Leeds circa 1998.

    Context matters but I am sure you could wear a suit to the boom boom room in NYC quite nicely.
     
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    I think it all depends on the club, if a suit is appropriate or a good idea.

    Do you think you're likely to get covered in lager, vodka Red Bull or projectile vomit? Are you likely to be thrown into an ornamental lake? Do you think you might end up face-down on the street, waking up in a police station? Do you think you might do too much Ecstasy or Speed?
     
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    In some upmarket clubs, wearing a dark suit with an open shirt is fine..

    In some other ones ,it could be a problem..:D
     
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    I think it would be a bit much... Depends really I would say. Have you been to this one before and have yo useen the people dress up or down for it ;)
     
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    The good thing with a dark suit and a white shirt , it is very versatile...

    If you drop the jacket inside the club, you will lose the suit look anyway..
     
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    It certainly depends on the club. However, rocking a suit with a nice young cut would always be a nice and stylish presentation; keep in mind, first impressions are fundamental and good clothes which fit your personality help you stand out without looking vulgar.
     
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    I think nearly all those things have happened to me whilst wearing a suit in my university days.
     
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    Not necessary at most clubs but there are definitely some trendy and nice clubs where it will not look out of place at all.

    I have to go to a bachelor party at Foxwoods casino this weekend and have been trying to think of what I'll wear. The dress code says trendy/upscale with no jeans, hats, sneakers, baggy shirts, etc.

    I still feel like I'd be one of the only dudes with a suit or jacket on if I did it, though.
     
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    You should wear a tuxedo, like Bond.

    Only go with a notch lapel for a casual vibe.
     
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    Blend with your environment, so:


    • If everyone wears a tuxedo, then do so yourself
    • If every one wears shorts, then do so yourself
    • and every stage in between


    unless you wish to appear out of place.
     
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    It really depends on the club. When I used to live in Miami, I went to clubs often and I'd usually wear dark jeans, a sport shirt, and dress shoes. However, there were a few clubs where a sport coat or a suit made more sense. I remember at one Miami club in particular, most guys were wearing suits and sport coats. In the VIP section, I'd say 95-100% of the guys were wearing jackets.

    In my experience, dress shoes, dark jeans, and a sport shirt can work from the lowliest bar to some of the nicest clubs. It's a very versatile outfit. I love wearing suits, but I'd be afraid to wear a nice one to a club where people might spill on me. Plus, you're more likely to get hot and sweat in a club than be cold........wearing a jacket will only increase your discomfort.
     

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