How to Dress for a Night Out Drinking

In this edition of Help Me Dress Myself, a stylist builds an outfit that can withstand even the wildest Christmas party.


Are you one of those guys who wants to look stylish but finds it doesn’t come all that naturally? We feel you. Don’t fret: With some advice from LA-based stylist Rayne Parvis, we’re all going to learn how to dress a little better. In this edition, we’re looking at what to wear to ensure your night out on the town doesn’t end with lost keys, a cracked phone screen and a beer-stained T-shirt.

Step #1: Invest in a Heavy-Duty Vest (or Jacket)
Parvis recommends dressing for a night of drinking like you would for a night spent stranded in the wilderness. “If you’re wearing a vest or jacket with lots of zippered pockets ― I recommend SCOTTeVEST to my clients ― you can keep keys, condoms, a portable phone charger, a toothbrush and even a spare T-shirt in the pockets without worrying about losing anything,” she explains. “It’s like a purse for a man.”

Parvis adds that vests and jackets can also be used as a makeshift blanket or pillow if you end up crashing on someone’s couch, which may help you get those few extra hours of sleep necessary to eliminate (or reduce) your hangover.

Step #2: Wear Dark Colors
We already know dark colors are slimming thanks to a previous edition of Help Me Dress Myself. But that’s not their only benefit, according to Parvis. “When you spill beer or liquor on dark jeans, a dark shirt or a dark jacket, those stains won’t show up as much in the morning, later in the night or in photos you take while you’re out and about,” she explains. This is good for not getting a reputation as a sloppy drunk: Nothing says “I’m completely obliterated” like a beer-stained tee.

Step #3: Keep it Comfortable
Because you’re probably going to be hopping from bar to bar, Parvis recommends wearing your most comfortable clothes. That doesn’t mean showing up to the bar in your pajamas ― just leave things like your belt, your skinny jeans and those shoes that always blister your feet at home.

If you want to be extra comfortable ― especially for couch (or floor) sleeping purposes ― check out our previous guide to fashionable but totally hangover-friendly attire. They look good enough to go out in, but they’re also comfy enough to snooze in. It’s a win-win!

Now get out there and dress (and drink) responsibly.