Dress to Impress at The Stage
The Stage enforces a “dress to impress" dress code. This is only in effect for the nightclub events, and not for any of the comedy events. If you want to wear some shorts and flip flops to see some standup comedy, come on in. But if you are thinking of wearing that to any other event at The Stage, you might want to save yourself some time (and embarrassment) and read the rest of our dress code.
What Are the Dress Codes?
At the end of the day, it is always up to the doorman's discretion, so your moaning will likely fall on deaf ears. If you don't feel pretty confident that your style will fall within exceptions, plan on playing it safe by wearing decently fitting jeans, nice shoes, a collared shirt, and/or pair your t-shirt with a nice jacket or sports coat. Or bring a Plan B outfit and leave it in the car. It's easier to walk back to the car to change than it is to go back home.
What “Isn't Allowed"
As you now know, just because it is against the formal dress code doesn't necessarily mean it won't occasionally get through the door. Often times if you show up with a very stylish look, things are overlooked. Still, be mindful that these are things that are universally not allowed per official dress codes:
- Baggy Jeans
- Sports hats (Exception: fedoras and the like are usually ok)
- Tennis shoes
- Shoes that are considered too sports-like
- Shorts (on guys)
- Cut offs
- Capris (on guys)
Let's Talk Collared Shirts
The goal is to stand out in a club, not to look like you are the star member of "team dude," and when collared shirts come into play, this can present a problem for groups of guys who may inadvertently have shown up in similar collared shirts!
Word to the wise, avoid the collared shirts that have a bunch of bedazzled bull attached to them. You look like a mirrorball took a dump on your shirt, and most people would agree that this isn't a good look. If you are headed in this direction, a great online store to check out is English Laundry.
What About The T-Shirts?
The temptation to simply wear a stylish t-shirt to The Stage is even greater when you consider that you are visiting a nightclub in the middle of the desert. We get it, it's hot. But this is a gamble as falling victim to your own comfort may mean the difference between you getting into the nightclub and the doorman telling you to kick rocks.
According to the official dress code, t-shirts are a big no-no. Does it mean that you won't see people inside wearing them? Of course not. Play it safe and dress it up a little. Add a jacket, sweater, blazer...get creative.
Should I Wear Dress Pants?
You can obviously wear dress pants to The Stage if you really have your heart set on it, but it's completely not necessary. You are just fine with a nice pair of jeans, and you won't look nearly as stuffy. If you do plan on wearing dress pants, think less khaki and more trendy: Zara, Diesel, and some of the brands often seen at Topman are great starts.
What About My Jeans?
Jeans are completely acceptable. You just want to make sure that your jeans look good. We frown upon torn/rugged jeans. Also, you shouldn't try to walk in wearing really baggy jeans. You will get rejected. Probably even laughed at. Children might cry. Bad idea.
What About My Kicks?
You are always safe with leather and dress shoes. You can even occasionally get away with low profile “tennis shoes" as long as they are fresh & clean (including the laces) if they look dressy enough and don't have any huge logos on them.
Have some trendy kicks that you want to wear out? Officially, they aren't allowed, but we are relaxing the rules on shoes if you compensate elsewhere in your outfit. Have on a stylish collared shirt, tie, jacket, nice pants with your fashionable sports shoes? Always a gamble, but you could be just fine.
What About Hats?
Style it up! Some clubs will let you in wearing a hat if it is considered fashionable (rimmed, beret, etc.), but typically most will tell you to leave any sports hats outside of the ropes.