As we’ve all come to learn, SMU students can party like no other. From Syllabus Week to OT and Sporting Club Wednesdays (touchy subject), Mustangs are always down for a good time. Most freshmen can agree that discovering the ins and outs of college is largely trial and error, especially when it comes to picking out an outfit. How were us freshman supposed to know Theory has a dress code without a quick hint from an upperclassman? Freshman next year will begin to wonder what is “TXR” and what do I wear there? Here’s a guide to selecting the perfect outfit for A Night On the Town: Mustang Edition.
First, let’s break down the obvious choice: Theory Nightclub. A long-standing SMU staple, Theory is the only nightclub that will take the opportunity to kick you to the curb for wearing sneakers. Especially boys. Before ordering an Uber, it’s best to ensure you are wearing an outfit that is a tad nicer than jeans and a tube top. Think short dresses, skirts, or leather pants and a cute top with boots or heels. I suggest during the winter months to wear a light jacket that will keep you warm while standing in line, but won’t be a hassle on the dance floor.
On a Wednesday night, it’s more common for the SMU student body to migrate to OT Tavern, which is basically the opposite of Theory. At OT you can dress much more casually. In fact, on extra cold Wednesday nights, it isn’t completely out of the ordinary to see girls wearing sweatshirts and sweatpants. No, I’m not joking. However, most wear jeans or jean shorts, a tank top or crop top and casual shoes or sneakers. During the middle of the week, most Mustangs can’t be bothered to dress their absolute best. After all, school obviously comes first!
A Middle Ground
In between these two extremes is where you’ll find the dress code for most SMU staple nightclubs. Texas Republic (TXR), Sporting Club, Stars and Spirits, Opera, and so many more are a perfect happy medium. Although some freshmen may not be too familiar with standard club attire, it can range from more on the casual side like leather or nice pants, a cute top and even sneakers to bolder attire like short dresses, skirts and boots. If you’re really in a fashion bind, you can never go wrong with a little black dress or looking at Instagram posts from the club’s location to see what others wore. I suggest this when looking for restaurant attire as well.
Whether you’re going out four times a week or just once, finding the perfect outfit is always such a confidence booster. At the end of the day, wear whatever makes you feel the best and what gives you the most mobility. You’ll thank me later. See you out there!