Perfecting The NYC Clubgoer’s Look

New York is the mother ship of possibility, a city where dreams are expected to come true. You need only look at the fashion show that goes on after dark, when getting dressed for a night out at a club means dressing for the dream.

Wow. While clubbing can be fun, calling it a dream come true is a little far-reaching. Thank God we have The New York Times as our wardrobe consultants.
However, if you go to the wrong club, your dream could end up being a nightmare.

Frederick’s: For women that means tend to your hair, and dress as though you already have the money, not as though you’re looking for it. The key look for men – expensive blazer, dress shirt, elegant shoes and jeans – suggests David Beckham and his “far too rich and good-looking to worry about anything” style.

Marquee: (I’m going to say this once again, I don’t know why the Marquee is popular? Can’t stand the place. Done venting.) “For men, no warm-up suits, sweat pants or gold chains unless you are a chart-topping rap star,” he said. “For women I like to call it the Rule of Three: never show more than two of your areas. You can tastefully show some midriff and some leg, but hide your chest.”

Hiro: Crowds dressed in any combination of fishnets, bow ties, S-and-M leather, taffeta gowns, white briefs and platform shoes are certainly looking for attention, but not – to hear them tell it – of the sexual variety.

The Boys Room and Opaline: There’s an appeal to the 50’s greaser’s worn-out T-shirt, tight jeans and slicked-back hair now favored by gay Manhattanites. “Abercrombie & Fitch meets ‘Leave it to Beaver.’ ” You might think you’d seen Richie Cunningham cruising Fonzie.

That all being said, don’t wear an outfit that is out of your league. The doorman will see right through you. Be yourself to the extreme.

The Clubgoer’s Guide to Looking the Look [NYT]