The It Girl's Guide to Dressing Chic at the Club (Yes, It Can Be Done)


Don't judge me for what I'm about to tell you, but I am not the going-out type. I love the idea of getting all gussied up (I have an arsenal of special-occasion dresses, after all), but when it comes to being in a nightclub, it's not it for me. In part, that's because I'm picky as hell—the crowd, the clothes, and the cocktails need to be on point in order to get me to crawl out of my apartment. But with summer in swing and Beyoncé's Renisannce bumping in the back of my brain nonstop, one could say that I've embraced the idea of taking a short spin on the dance floor again. 

And if you clicked into this story, I'm guessing that you, too, feel called to a night out, which is justifiable considering how challenging the past few years have been. We all deserve a night to let our hair down, slip into some fun platform shoes, and bounce to the beat. But if you're anything like me, you don't play when it comes to planning a night out, especially when deciding what to wear to the club. No one wants to look like a carbon copy of every other person in the venue, so having a few outfits you can turn to that are chic but club friendly is a must.

Luckily for us, there are loads of looks from the fashion set that prove once and for all that dance moves aren't the only things that can be served on the floor. Ahead, you'll find 13 club outfit ideas along with key pieces to shop for your 'fit. 


Black Bodysuit + Jeans + Neon Heels + Sparkly Bag
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When it comes to dressing up for a night of dancing, sometimes turning to a simple outfit formula (e.g., a bodysuit and jeans) is the way to go. But if you want to stand out on the dance floor, pay attention to details. Opt for a bodysuit or jeans with unique details and standout sparkly or neon accessories for an effortless going-out look. 

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Rimless Sunglasses + Corset Top + Matching Pants + Clutch
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Corsets have become the cool-girl staple for a reason, as they work for every occasion—the club included. For your night out, I recommend opting for a corset with matching pants, a clutch and heels in contrasting hues, and a pair of rimless sunglasses to embrace the "in the club" energy.

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Skirt Set + Statement Heels
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Let's be honest. It gets hot on the dance floor, so the idea of wearing pants can seem cool until it's not. If you want to keep your outfit simple but don't want to sweat, then I recommend wearing a cute skirt set and a fun pair of heels. You'll be cool (in every definition of the word). 

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Sparkly Minidress + Sandals + Sparkly Handbag
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Ready to step out? Well, then embracing a little sparkly ensemble is the move. Opt for a simple minidress paired with sandals and a matching handbag to avoid being overdressed. It's the perfect pinch of shine for the evening. 

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Halter Top + Miniskirt + Cowboy Boots
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Anyone who has spent the night out dancing knows there's always a point in the night where your feet have had it. If you're trying not to reach that moment, you'll want to replicate the look above. Pairing comfortable cowboy boots with a miniskirt and halter top is a way to ensure you can do the Hokey Pokey all night, sans blisters. 

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Denim Jacket + Tube Top + Jeans + Tinted Sunglasses + Sneakers
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Who said you couldn't be comfortable in the club? The key is to tap into '90s nostalgia by opting for an R&B singer–inspired look—e.g., logo-adorned denim styled with a tube top, sneakers, and tinted sunglasses. Find me in the club chillin' on the couch in this cozy 'fit. 

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Minidress + Clutch + Platform Heels
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If you're not the sneaker type of gal, I get it. Luckily, there are ways to dress up and still be comfortable all evening—enter platform heels. Pair them with a minidress and clutch and you've got a comfy yet cute outfit worthy of taking out for a spin. 

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Sparkly Bra Top + Low-Rise Skirt + Hoops
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Something about going out while traveling—dancing by the sea in Greece, bar hopping in Barcelona, grabbing drinks at a burlesque club in Paris—hits different. The occasion requires something extra, and the look above is perfect if you're willing to show a little skin. A sparkly bra top paired with a low-rise skirt and hoop earrings is a bold look sure to cement the evening as special. 

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Statement Top + Metallic Pants + Metallic Sandals
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Craving that shine but need a bit more coverage? Then the look above is all you. You don't have to bare it all to sparkle on the dance floor. Simply pair a bold statement top (which can be cropped if you want) with metallic pants and heels. 

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Printed Dress + Platform Sandals + Clutch
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If you don't want to look too disco inspired, another way to channel Studio 54 vibes without getting too kitschy lies in the look above. Pair a printed dress with platform heels and a brightly hued clutch for a groovy getup. 

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Corset + Matching Miniskirt + Boots + Shoulder Bag
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Yes, I realize this is, indeed, the second outfit idea that includes a corset—can you blame me? This beloved piece is an essential part of any going-out arsenal and possibly the best top you can buy for a night out. But if you want to make this piece even better (yes, you read that right), pair it with a matching miniskirt, a chain-strap shoulder bag, and knee-high boots. You'll be embodying bad-girl energy through and through. 

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Crystal Earrings + Feather Dress + Red Lipstick
(Image credit: @handinfire; Pictured: Santa Brands Black Feathers Dress ($1345))

Consider this your last call to embrace the idea of going all out for your next night out. Why not make the most of the evening by wearing a feather-adorned dress? It's your world, darling. I recommend keeping the rest of the look classic by adding crystal earrings, simple heels, and red lipstick.

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Black Minidress + Sequinned Bag + Platform Heels
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When in doubt, the outfit that will never fail you is a little black dress—it's basically the universal club uniform. Of course, if the idea of unilaterally falling into the cliché club look makes you cringe, I'll let you in on a little secret. It's all about investing in a few standout pieces you love. Don't be afraid to dole out a few extra dollars for a high-quality black dress, fun platforms, and a sequin bag because, in the end, that's what will make you stand out on the dance floor. The key to looking chic in the club is finding great pieces that make you want to celebrate. 

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Next: So You Have to Dress Up Again—Here's Your Guidebook to Summer Occasions

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.