6 Chic Yet Easy Outfits That Are Perfect for Wearing to the Pub This Spring

One of life's simple pleasures is clocking off at 5pm on a Friday or leaving a Sunday brunch and making a beeline for the pub to unwind and catch up with friends. And with spring finally here, and longer evenings ahead, the pleasure is only going to increase. As pubs and pub gardens become the focal point of socialising in the months ahead, another priority climbs up the list: figuring out what you're going to wear.

@brittanybathgate wearing a black tank and white skirt

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Decoding appropriate pub attire can be tricky. While you want to look effortless and somewhat casual—pub attire is typically more relaxed than bars or clubs, so there's no call for a LBD and stilettos here—as the hub of British socialising, this is also a place that manages to become a bit of a street style fashion show.

The key, I think, is to focus on the staples. Jeans, long skirts and relaxed dresses will all naturally fit into the setting, but you can make them your own with a few clever styling tricks and chic accessories. You want to be true to your personal taste, so if you're more into tailored sets than baggy jeans, there's no need to compromise on your aesthetic. Whatever your personal style, I think I've found a mix of pub-ready outfits that will have you counting down the hours till the next pint.

1. Shirt + Barrel Leg Jeans

@anoukyve wearing barrel leg jeans with a sheer shirt

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Style Notes: Barrel leg jeans are the denim silhouette to know this season, and Anouk demonstrates such a chic way to style them for the pub. The jeans keep things casual, while the sheer shirt adds just the right amount of party mood, but you could also wear this with a simple black or white cotton style, too.

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2. Trousers + Oversized Jumper + Mesh Flats

@lizzyhadfield wearing white trousers, navy jumper and mesh flats

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Style Notes: Put your best foot forward with one of this season's top trending shoe styles—the mesh flat. Lizzy's outfit is a brilliant example of how mixing textures can create a understatedly elevated look that is relaxed enough for the pub, while still earning you serious fashion points.

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3. Full Skirt + Jumper + Colourful Bag

@styleidealist wearing a white skirt and black jumper

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Style Notes: A voluminous maxi skirt is a big trend this spring, and this is such a great way to dress it down for casual pub wear. Plus, the jolt of colour courtesy of the statement bag is such a fun spring touch.

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4. Wide-Leg Jeans + T-Shirt + Trench Coat

@marina_torres wearing jeans and a t-shirt and trench coat

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Style Notes: Jeans and a t-shirt has to be the simplest of simple go-to pub outfits. But you can give it a fresh, on-trend spin by opting for one of 2024's most popular denim styles: the wide-leg silhouette. Finish off with a pointed-toe shoe and a billowing trench coat and suddenly you'll look like you put much more time into planning your look.

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5. Light Knit Dress + Suede Tote + Sandals

@_jessicaskye wearing white knit dress and sandals

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Style Notes: For days when the sun is out but there's a risk of a chilly breeze, this is the ideal outfit. A light knit dress looks effortless but super sleek, and sandals keep it in the spring mood. Just don't let anyone spill a pint on your suede bag...

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6. Sweatshirt + Jeans + Trainers


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Style Notes: We couldn't do a pub outfit roundup without a simple jeans and trainers look could we? A sweatshirt keeps things casual and comfy, while a blazer offers that extra little bit of polish. Finish off the outfit with a cap and sunglasses so you're prepared for every single weather eventuality.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Jess Kelham-Hohler is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist. She has been a contributor for Who What Wear UK since 2023. Currently based in London following six years in Washington D.C. and New York, she was previously the Digital Editor for Soho House & Co, an international group of private members’ clubs for creatives. She has interviewed a range of artists, creators and more, including Alighieri founder Rosh Mahtani, photographer Misan Harriman and fashion editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner. Today, she writes primarily about fashion, travel and culture for various publications, and has worked as a copywriter and content strategist for brands such as Belstaff, Olivela and Equinox.