Dance club dress codes vary greatly between clubs, and it can often be difficult to imagine why they need to exist at all. However, it is important to understand the significance of dance club dress codes in order to grasp the importance of adhering to them.
Dress codes are used to indicate where a person belongs in a segment of society. At work, employees may wear a company provided shirt to show they are an employee at the establishment. In social situations such as dance clubs, dress codes indicate that visitors of the club belong at the club much in the same way. Dance clubs that have and actively enforce dress codes need them to ensure smooth, proper functioning of the club and conduct of their guests.
Types of dance club dress codes range from extremely lavish styles and specifications to costume wear for special events such as a Halloween costume contest. Typically, dance clubs that enforce extremely rigid classifications of dress may be known of and frequented by members of society who can afford to meet these standards. Such clubs are usually thought of as being exclusive, due to the fact that ordinary people do not have the financial means to afford a suit or gown that would have a price tag equivalent to an average yearly salary. However, most dance clubs specify their dress codes in looser terms, such as "cocktail wear," "evening attire" or "casual." Clubs may also opt not to allow certain items of clothing and accessories such as jeans, hats or facial piercings.
The dress codes of dance clubs indicate important factors about what type of club it is to potential guests, prior to their entrance. Due to the fact that certain types of music and ways of dressing are cultural indicators that reflect a person's attitude and age, requirements for certain attire allow visitors to decide whether the dance club is a place they would be interested in or enjoy. For example, if you are looking to lounge back and relax drinking beer out of a bottle as you listen to a live, in-house alternative band, a dress code that states "evening attire" at a dance club with a $40 cover charge will not work for you. Most important, dance club dress codes indicate the character of the club. It is the people who make up the atmosphere at any club; dress codes explain the type of person who is welcome there. By adhering to these dress codes, guests demonstrate their respect for the club rules as well as their intentions to comply with the club's standards.
A common misconception is that dance club dress codes are put into place to be snobbish, or for no reason at all. Because of this, individuals may try to get around dress codes, only to be distressed and offended when they are denied access at the door. The bouncer, manager, or owner is not trying to tell you what to do, control your life, create a hassle or embarrass you in front of your friends. However, dress codes are only effective if enforced. If you are unwilling to conform to a club's dress code, don't go. There are plenty of dance clubs without dress codes where you may be more comfortable.
Often, dance clubs that have some sort of dress code are safer clubs to go to, regardless of how strict the guidelines or enforcement is. A stated dress code is a way for owners to let guests know they care about who is in their club and what goes on inside. Besides, we often look better after dressing up a little; this process can easily become a bonding experience for the group of people going out together before they even get to the club.