Lounge Dress Code
Dressing to go out to a lounge differs from dressing for a nightclub in a few key ways. You’re much less likely to be dancing, so body heat doesn’t have to be a primary factor in your clothing choices, and you can get away with shoes that are more beautiful than they are comfortable. And the atmosphere is at once a little more relaxed and a little more polished.
For the ladies
Think classy and dressy for a night out at a lounge. This would be a good time for a slinky-but-upscale dress, or an elegant skirt and top. Keep in mind that you may be sitting on a couch, so make sure your hemline isn’t too short. Pick out some drapey jewelry and fun heels, and bring along a nice clutch. Your jewelry can be fun but a bit less flashy than what you might wear to a club.
For the guys
A lounge would be a great place to wear a jacket with no tie. A dress shirt with nice pants would work too, or possibly jeans if the town and establishment are both very casual. Definitely wear dress shoes, and don’t wear a hat. Be aware that some lounges won’t let you in with athletic shoes on.
Rules of thumb
- Check out the lounge in advance to get a feel for its vibe; some post dress code specifics on their websites.
- Find out whether the lounge has a coat check, and decide whether or not it’s worth it to bring your coat along if they don’t.
- Don’t wear anything you’d wear to a pubby bar, such as a hoodie, jersey, or tank top.
- Ladies: do your makeup for evening, but look polished rather than too adventurous. For example, you may want to steer toward grey or bronze for eyeshadow rather than purple or green.
- Once you’ve chosen your outfit, try it out while sitting on a couch, so you can make sure it doesn’t fall awkwardly if you’re getting swallowed up by a sofa.