What To Wear To The Pub

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Knowing what to wear to the pub can be a deceptively tricky decision to make. Getting the balance between comfort and style is something that every man struggles with. Whether you’re popping down your local, or to a swanky bar in town, this article will help you decide the best way to style yourself for a trip to the pub.

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What to Wear in a Pub

When it comes to going down the pub with your pals, it’s important to get a balance between comfort and style. Wearing smart casual items of clothing such as a light Oxford shirt are therefore perfect for this environment. Try and find one that is in a light and neutral colour to easily combine with other pieces. Adding some casual trousers and jacket are a great way to layer your outfit and add the finishing touches. Keeping things simple is always the best option for staying fashionable in a pub.

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What to Wear to Bars in the Winter

When the weather turns colder there’s nothing better than warming up in a cosy bar with some drinks and friends. However, the journey there and back can be a cold and uncomfortable task. It’s therefore important that you get your hands on some durable and warm clothing. Sticking with dark and heavy duty denim is a great way to match the tone of the season. Layer this with a warm shearling jacket and you’re pretty much ready to go.

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Pub Wear for Men

Wearing a predominantly black outfit is one of the most classic and safe options for going to the pub. If you’re unsure of what outfit to wear when you’re going to meet for a drink, just keep things simple and stick to a monochrome colour palette. Contrasting the darker shades with a lighter layer is also a nice way to bring some balance to your outfit. Layer with a bomber jacket to add some detail and keep yourself warm to finish the outfit.

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Smart Casual Outfit for the Pub

If you’re going to a fancy cocktail bar, or are meeting someone for a date, then you want to look smart without overdoing it. The best way to achieve this is with a smart-casual combination of shirt and jeans. Maintaining a dark and monochrome colour palette is a great way to keep a neat sense of uniformity throughout your look. Finish it off with an outer layer jacket to stay warm.

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What to Wear to Bars in the Summer

Heading to a beer garden when the sun is shining is a great British pass time. You can’t beat sipping on an ice cold cider whilst catching some rays. Wearing an outfit with light and minimal layers is therefore the best option. A plain casual T-shirt teamed with some casual jeans and light trainers is an excellent summer ensemble.

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Men’s Pub Attire

Shirts

When you’re at the local pub you want a laid back look that’s comfortable and easy to wear. A nice clean cut T-shirt is perfect for this situation. If you want to add some dimension to your look, try layering your look with a denim or pattern shirt over the top of a T-shirt. The look will be understated but will have enough interest that you’re not merging into the background.

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The most important thing about your outfit in a beer garden is that you’re cool enough, and there’s no risk of you baking in the sunshine. Short sleeved shirts are an ideal choice as they’re breezy and versatile.  You can layer them over a T-shirt if the weather is unpredictable, and they give a relaxed and stylish look that’s ideal for a quiet drink in the summer months. A simple crew neck T-shirt is another great option, and you can go for a classic short sleeved design in a simple colour, or go for a more interesting three quarter length sleeve if the weather is a little cooler.

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For your top half you want to try and combine the best of formal and casual attire. If you’re wearing a smart shirt try and pick a coloured or patterned one to separate it from your office wear. You can also go for a more casual look with a sweatshirt, but to stop it from looking too laid back make sure you go for a slim fit design in a neutral colour that can easily be matched with your choice of leg wear.

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Trousers

Next up is your legwear. Obviously, it’s crucial to ensure both your T-shirt and trousers compliment each other and create the ultimate outfit for the pub, but at the same time, you want to feel comfortable and not look like you’ve tried too hard. You want to steer clear of anything too casual, so if you’re picking something like jeans go for a pair that’s slim line or a good material like raw denim.

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The obvious answer to a warm summer’s day is to wear shorts, and with the large amount of variations out there you’re sure to find a style that suits you. For a smarter look choose some chino shorts, or get a pair of rougher denim ones for a more casual style. If shorts aren’t your thing, try out some loose fit chinos. The cotton material will be more breathable in the heat, and if you choose a neutral blue pair you’ll be able to match them with anything you’d wear with your favourite jeans.

Footwear

And now, probably the most underrated item of your look is what you wear on your feet. It is surprising the difference a pair of shoes can make to your outfit. A good laid back option would be a pair of clean trainers or plimsolls, which are perfect for both winter or summer weather and go perfectly with chinos and jeans.

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The last thing you want when you’re having a relaxing time out is hot sweaty feet, so keep the boots and the trainers for another time and go for lighter options like loafers, plimsolls and even boat shoes. If you’re wearing shorts, a pair of white plimsolls are a good option to pair with them, as they’re subtle enough to go with the more standout leg wear.

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As you’re generally keeping your outfit fairly casual you can afford to go a little more formal with your foot wear. If you’re wondering what shoes to wear with cuffed chinos then look no further than a pair of loafers. You could also go for a pair of suede desert boots or simple leather lace up boots to create a clean subtle look that won’t detract too much from your outfit.

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Coats and Jackets

Finally, to complete the casual pub look get your hands on a jacket. Whether it’s a traditional English rainy evening or an sunny summer evening, you’re going to want something to help pull your look together and keep you warm on the way home. A good choice for a casual look is something relaxed like a denim or bomber jacket.

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A classic trench coat is an ideal piece for your gastro pub visit. Traditional, smart, and understated, a long trench coat is a versatile piece that will go with a range of smart casual outfits. If that’s a little too intense for you, go for something a little less refined like a tailored raw denim jacket or a suede trucker jacket. They’ll both give you a relaxed but smart look that will match perfectly with your gastro pub ensemble.

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Sunglasses

Unless you’re planning on squinting throughout your day out, sunglasses are a necessity for the summer months. There’s always going to be one that’s suit you better than others, but it’s good to have different options to suit your outfit. A pair of classic wayfarers are good for most looks, whereas a pair of aviators have a more distinctive feel.

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What to Wear to the Pub

When deciding what to wear to the pub, it’s important to keep things simple. For a more formal look combine a shirt with some trousers and a smart jacket. To tone things down try wearing a plain T-shirt and jeans, adding a bomber jacket if it’s cold. Get yourself some shorts for the summer beer garden. If in doubt stick to a dark monochrome colour palette.

On That Note

Going to a bar with some mates is a perfect opportunity to wear a subtle and stylish outfit. Save your tuxedo for some more formal events and keep things simple for the pub. Remember to keep comfort and style in mind when you’re dressing for the pub, as getting the balance between them is integral.

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