Perfecting The NYC Clubgoer’s Look

April 8th, 2005 // 4 Comments

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]

By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. ella

    Is that the same person in the picture above?

  2. Jon

    Confession: I hate club kids. I hate the clothes too. Thanks for listening, I fell better now. :)

  3. It figures that NYT featured Frederick’s. Euro trash unleashed. Make sure to wear a knock-off Gucci tank top and a Chinese made Chanel bag. And keep an eye on your cell phone and wallet. They might get lifted.

  4. Funny. Although I’ve lived in NYC for awhile, I haven’t really got the club fashion thing down. But it’s all about perspective. I went down to visit my married/babied friends in Phila. last weekend and they told me I was the “coolest dressing friend” they had. Maybe I should move there. Perhaps my look would work out better!

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