Dressing for “da club” can be a conundrum in itself. On the one hand, it’s a great place to let loose and have a great time with your friends. But on the other, it’s also prime hunting grounds to flirt with a Potential Hot Person, which means your outfit A-game has to be on.

And let’s be real, when it comes to clubwear, it’s like the Wild Wild West out there. Should you dress sexy? Is this the perfect moment to bust out that halter top that HR wouldn’t allow you to wear to work? How much skin is too much? What are the rules? Do you wear heels because they make you feel confident? But what if you can’t dance in them? So. Many. Questions.

Clubbing promises a great time (most of the time anyway), but sometimes the wrong outfit choice can make the experience a nightmare. While we’re full advocates of wearing whatever you want, whenever you want (you let that fashion freak flag fly sis), here are five things to take note of while planning your party battle-gear.

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1. A dress is the best go-to outfit


If it’s your first time, and you’re unsure about what to wear, don’t pull your hair out over trying to mix and match your clothes. A simple mini-dress is one of the easiest options out there. It’s dressier than a pair of jeans and you’ll still be able to dance comfortably (unless your dress is ridiculously short, in that case, a pair of trendy bike shorts worn underneath are a great idea).

While the clubbing Gods will recommend a body-con dress as a safe bet especially if you want to blend in (trust us, 60% of the women you see will be in one), they can feel a little generic as well. One of our favourite options for a night out is a slinky slip dress in a colour that you love.

Jumpsuits are cute but ask yourself this: do you want to be completely nekkid inside an unhygienic bathroom club stall that someone may have puked in five minutes prior? We think not.

2. Black always looks sophisticated


When in doubt, black is always a great colour to go with. It looks dressy and allows you to blend into your surroundings. To prevent your look from being boring, you can even play up with interesting fabrics such as leather and vinyl or unusual silhouettes such as asymmetric cuts since the colour is so subtle. Jewellery is a great way to have fun with your LBD as well.

But if you enjoy being in the limelight and thrive in the club, by all means, make like an ‘80s club kid and go crazy with colours and prints. Your clothes might get destroyed in the making but think of all the fun party pictures you’ll have for the ‘gram.

Just bear in mind, try to avoid white as it tends to appear a tad fluorescent under certain club lights.

3. Forgo the heels


Wearing a pair of five-inch heels might seem like a good idea when you’re standing in front of the mirror at home, all dolled up at 10 pm while waiting for your car to come get you. Your butt looks great due to the lift from your posture, your legs look long and you are…Feeling. Your. Oats.

Now fast forward to the end of the night. It’s 5 am and you’re drunk crying by the pavement with your heels in your hand because you can’t feel your toes. So unless you’re a member’s only seat-dancer type of gal, stick to flats, or *gasp* sensible block heels if you intend to dance the night away sans blisters. The last thing you want is to have your choice of footwear dampen your ability to bust a move.

4. Leave the clutch at home


If girl’s night out to you means staying at one place for the entire night, then, by all means, bring out your most ridiculous looking party clutch that only fits lipstick and a credit card. But if you’re planning on going on a bender that involves multiple locations and a drink in each hand at all times, you might want to leave the clutch behind. There’s also the tendency for you to leave your bag behind if you and all your friends get really drunk (hey, it happens to the best of us).

And also, how convenient would it be if you wanted to dance and drink at the same time? Almost no one looks good with a clutch tightly clamped in between their armpits. A small cross-body bag would be the recommended bag of choice, but if you’re more adventurous with your fashion choices, a belt bag or a mini backpack works as well.

5. Don’t cover up too much


Now we’re not saying you HAVE to show skin if that’s not your vibe. Everyone has different perspectives on what is sexy to them and that’s cool. But real talk. You are going to sweat and excessive sweating can be embarrassing if you’re trying to chat up that hottie over there.

Avoid wearing too many layers and too much cloth (such as a heavy jacket or a long-sleeved maxi dress) because it will be hot on the dance floor. The DJs might be cranking up the beat, but temperatures will also hit a high as more people pack the area. Throw in alcohol and excessive dancing and you’ll be dripping, in sweat that is.

Additional Text: Hidayah Idris