What To Wear To The Pub: Your Questions Answered

The girls’ WhatsApp group just asked if you fancy drinks at the pub (answer: absolutely). Now you need a nice-but-not-too-dressy outfit for the occasion. If you find it tricky to strike the right balance when it comes to pub outfits, we feel you – it’s a fine art. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you through any wardrobe dilemmas or niggling questions you might have.

Whether you want to keep it simple with a jeans-and-nice-top combo, or you’re after the perfect day dress to pair with your beer garden rosé, we’re on hand with pub outfit ideas that’ll have you looking and feeling your best at your local. Read on for answers to your most frequently asked questions about pub-perfect dressing.

1) What’s considered smart-casual for a pub?

Great question! Smart-casual strikes the perfect balance between laid-back and polished. Think:

  • Jeans: a dark wash or slim fit will elevate your look (save your ripped and distressed jeans for laidback hangouts)
  • Tops: Blouses, sweaters, classic T-shirts, or turtlenecks.
  • Bottoms: Skirts (midi or knee-length) or tailored trousers.
  • Shoes: Flats, loafers, boots, or trainers.


San Diego Shirt In Roaming Leopard By Dancing Leopard | £39.00

2) Can I wear jeans to the pub?

Absolutely! Jeans are a pub staple, but remember the smart-casual code: dark wash, no rips, and paired with an elevated top and shoes.


3) What’s too dressy for a pub?

Unless it’s a special occasion, avoid formal wear like cocktail dresses or smart trouser suits. We’re all for dressing up a bit – but you want to feel relaxed rather than self-conscious.


4) What’s too casual for a pub?

Unless you’re coming straight from a gym class, we’d advise skipping athletic wear for a smart-casual vibe. Similarly, avoid pyjamas, or anything overly revealing. Aim for clothes that are clean, put-together, and show you made an effort (even if it’s just throwing on a nice pair of jeans and a cool T-shirt).


5) Should I dress up for a date night at a pub?

A pub date allows for a touch more flair! Elevate your smart casual look with:

  • Dress: A flowy midi or knee-length dress with ankle boots.
  • Blazer: Throw on a blazer over jeans and a T-shirt for a polished vibe.
  • Accessories: Statement earrings, a scarf, or a bold necklace can add personality.

Check out our date night outfit guide for more inspiration


6) What accessories can I wear with my pub outfit?

Accessories are your chance to shine! Think about wearing:

  • Jewellery: Layered necklaces, statement earrings, or chunky bracelets.
  • Hats: Fedora or beanie in winter, straw hat in summer.
  • Belts: Define your waist to create a flattering shape.
  • Scarves: Cosy for winter or a light shawl in summer.


7) What shoes should I wear to a pub?

Comfort is key, but style matters too. Opt for:

  • Flats: Ballet flats, loafers, or chunky brogues.
  • Boots: Ankle boots in winter, Chelsea boots year-round.
  • Sneakers: Classic white trainers can work, but avoid your battered sporty styles.


Let’s Talk About Seasonal Concerns:

8) What to wear to a pub in the summer?

  • Flowy blouses or tanks: Pair with shorts, skirts, or cropped trousers.
  • Linen or cotton dresses: Light and breathable, perfect for a sunny day.
  • Sandals or wedges: Comfortable and stylish footwear for warmer weather.


9) What to wear to a pub in the winter?

Layer up for cosy comfort:

  • Jumpers or sweaters: Opt for chunky knits or cable-knit styles.
  • Trousers or jeans: Dark wash denim or corduroy offer warmth.
  • Boots: Ankle boots or knee-high boots keep your feet toasty.
  • Scarves or hats: Add a pop of colour and extra warmth.



Outfit Ideas

A one-piece like a jumpsuit or dress makes getting ready a doddle – all you have to do is pick out your shoes and a bag. Win! I’ll usually opt for a flowy maxi styled with heels for special occasions like a friend’s birthday drinks. On the other hand, a boiler-suit is one of those endlessly versatile pieces you can wear just about anywhere with a simple change of accessories.

Military Boiler-suit in Black

Made-You-Look Maxis

Whether you prefer a shirt dress or a wrap-style fit, I’ve got you covered. The super-flattering Dove maxi is an all-season fave with shoppers, and I can totally see why. It buttons all the way down, so you can easily adjust the neckline and leg split, and the fabric belt is removable. Swap it for one of your own for a personalised look that’s unique to you.

Dove Dress In Bamboo By Dancing Leopard | £59.00

Also by Dancing Leopard, the Jagger maxi is an ideal pick for nights when you want to feel like the main character. An eye-catching mix of prints makes this one stand out from the crowd, and I also love the adjustable tie-waist. Best of all, it looks fab with tights, knee-high boots and a biker jacket, so it’s a great option to wear through winter.

Jagger Maxi Print Mix By Dancing Leopard | £59.00

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