Holy City Style

April 1, 2008

Drunk dialing? More like drunk styling. (What to wear at a Charleston bar)

Filed under: fashion,how to — carolime @ 11:46 pm

During the three years I have lived in Charleston, I have come to realize that the majority of the city’s bar patrons are, to be blunt, stylistically challenged. This is a cause I hold near and dear to my heart. A former party girl myself, I have spent a substantial amount of time in the Holy City’s finest establishments, and have personally witnessed the breaking of several fashion laws, as well as come face to face with sheer neglect and disrespect for decent style on multiple occasions. So today, my dear bloggers, I will be giving a tutorial on the correct attire for young women participating in Charleston’s infamous bar scene.

Bars such as AC’s, Upper Deck, and Big John’s Tavern

My tutorial begins with a look at some of Charleston’s most popular casual bars: AC’s, Upper Deck, and Big John’s Tavern (also affectionately known as BJ’s). These are the bars you go to if you’re interested in having a more laid back evening. The establishments’ patrons are known for being of the edgier variety. You know what I mean: anywhere from emo to screamo to scene-o to, well, people who just don’t give a damn. At bars such as these, you need to rock more laid back attire. However, you can’t be too laid back; there are still the laws of fashion to abide by.

That outfit is the perfect example of what to wear at these bars. It’s laid back, yet stylish. It’s one of those effortlessly stylish looks just about anyone can rock.

This outfit works, too. With this one, you get to wear the comfy top (perfect to hide the impending beer belly you’ll inevitably get from the night out), yet your figure is accentuated by the skinny jeans.

Bars such as Chai’s, Torch, and Social

On a Friday night, you can usually find me and my girlfriends at Chai’s, a fabulous tapas bar. We live for its comfortable lounge chairs and sophisticated vibe. Only thing is, we’re usually ten years younger than the majority of the patrons there. Bars such as Chai’s, Torch, and Social have a mixed young/old crowd, ranging from C of C students wanting to grab a cocktail to married Indian doctors on business trips who have taken their wedding rings off (true story). Therefore, when going to one of these establishments, you need to be classy and dressy. These are the places where you can actually dress like you’re in a big city like New York.

Just so you know, I’m pretty much obsessed with that outfit. The dress is by French Connection, which I absolutely adore. French Connection can be pricey but always has amazing sales. Also, I love the shoes. Peep toe heels are all the rage and Mary Janes are always classic.

This outfit features a LBD, which you can never go wrong with. The key to this outfit is the subtle use of silver. Shiny stuff is always fun, so long as it’s done in moderation. Too much silver and you look like you belong in Atlantic City. Remember: go easy on the shimmer. Wow, what an amazing life lesson I have just taught you.

Bars such as O’Malley’s, Johnson’s Pub, and Beerworks

The three last bars I am featuring today tend to attract a more preppy crowd. Far too many times have I walked into one of these establishments and seen girls wearing (gasp) Lily Pulitzer dresses, or Lacoste tees and jean skirts. While I am half preppy and do appreciate the classic look, it is just shameful and embarrassing to enter a bar dressed like that.

The classy, sophisticated purple dress looks straight out of the pages of Lucky magazine. The shoes? High but with a thick enough heel that you can still walk comfortably. The bag? Matches the shoes. This look is preppy enough to fit in at these bars, yet it remains sophisticated.

Though I tend to wear dresses everywhere I go (even class), many girls prefer to wear jeans, even out to dressier bars. This is a way to incorporate the jeans look with high style. The Steve Madden booties are what makes this outfit. It’s almost summer, so there’s only so much time left for people to rock the booties. Run to Steve Madden, bloggers, before it’s too late! These booties are sophisticated and sexy.



  1. I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

    Robert Michel

    Comment by Robert Michel — April 2, 2008 @ 12:01 am | Reply

  2. Oh, you girls put together the cutest little ensembles. Please help these C of C girls put something decent together!

    Comment by Kris — April 2, 2008 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

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