Jazzing it Up: How to Dress for a Night Out at the Jazz Club

As Herbie Hancock said, jazz is about being in the moment. Let‘s head out for a night of jazz music and dancing!

April 18, 2023 | By Emily Aniston

Jazz music and the 1920s have a close relationship, with the jazz club being a popular destination for those looking to enjoy the music and dance the night away. We'll explore how to dress for a night out at the jazz club and incorporate the iconic styles of the 1920s into a modern outfit.

The History of Jazz Clubs

Jazz originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in New Orleans, Louisiana, and quickly spread to other cities in the United States. Jazz was often played in small groups, and these groups began performing in nightclubs in the 1910s and 1920s.

The Cotton Club in Harlem was one of the most famous, frequented by wealthy patrons and featuring performances by Duke Ellington and other famous jazz musicians, jazz clubs soon began popping up in cities across the country, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In the 1920s, jazz music and jazz clubs became associated with the Roaring Twenties, a period of social and cultural change in the United States. Jazz clubs were seen as places where people could escape the stresses of everyday life and let loose.

© The Cotton Club (film)

Dressing for the Occasion

When dressing for a night out at the jazz club, it's important to strike a balance between comfort and style. While you want to look your best, you also want to be able to dance and enjoy the music without feeling restricted. Depending on the type of jazz club you're going to, you may want to dress more casually or opt for a more formal outfit.

Accessorizing for Jazz

Accessories are a great way to jazz up any outfit. When accessorizing a jazz-inspired outfit, you can add jewelry, hats, and other accessories to complete the look. To avoid going overboard, it's important to select statement pieces that complement the outfit rather than overpowering it.


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