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What To Wear If You Want To Get Into Paris' Hottest Nightclubs

Look flawless on the dance floor.

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Paris may be better known for its romantic, Eiffel-tower-lit strolls than for its wild and raucous nightlife, but make no mistake – la vie nocturne is a major part of the City of Light. And it's not just a homogenous crowd of black-leather-jacket-and-mini-skirt-clad French girls either: from the impossibly chic Fashion Week mainstays where the likes of Rihanna celebrate their brand launches to underground warehouses where streetwear-savvy locals dance the night away, whatever your scene, there's a place for everyone. But in club parlance, that still implies a certain measure of exclusivity, after all, we're in Paris, and if you want to get past the velvet ropes you best make sure that you've mastered the dress code.

To help you navigate the landscape of Paris nightlife, we've compiled a list of the hottest addresses in the city as well as what to wear depending on the unique vibe of each establishment. So next time you're looking to aller en boîte (that's "go clubbing" for you francophiles), you'll have the perfect place – and outfit – all lined up and ready to go.

Ready to dance the night away? Check out the best nightclubs in town and what to wear to blend in like a local:

L'arc


If you're an aspiring influencer hoping to see and to be seen, the L'Arc is the place to be – if you can get in, that is. This ultra-exclusive club is situated just off the Arc de Triomphe, and plays host to A-listers such as Cara, Kendall and Gigi during Fashion Week, or even during its regular "House of Dolls" parties on Thursday nights. Given the clientele, the dress code is obviously highly chic and extremely luxurious – and classy, of course. Go for an all-black ensemble that shows off a bit of leg and a hint of cool-girl leather. And don't forget the heels: the higher and/or more refined, the better. You'll want to break out your Louboutins for this.

L'Arc, 12 rue de Presbourg, 75016 Paris. Open Thursday to Saturday from midnight to 5am.
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Nuits Fauves


An immense nightclub spread out over three different sound stages (each with its own unique ambiance), Nuits Fauves is the neo-punk-inspired underground party that quickly became a mainstay of Parisian nightlife since it opened last year. The ambiance is far from the moneyed clubs of the 16th arrondissement, instead, you'll find individuals rocking the urban street style aesthetic hard. If there's one place to bust out the color, it's inside the graffitied walls of this concrete warehouse. Streamline your look with some leather leggings and the coolest pair of sneakers you own (which, incidentally, will be perfect for dancing), and finish everything off with a statement earring and a bold lip color.

Nuits Fauves, 32 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. Open Thursdays from 11pm to 7am, and Fridays and Saturdays until 6am.
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Silencio


Like a scene from Mulholland Drive come to life, this nightclub and member's-only salon was conceived by David Lynch himself and is supposed to be as strange and artistically (and conversationally) stimulating as the dream-like worlds he's created on screen. Hidden deep within the heart of the 2nd arrondissementSilencio includes – among other marvels – a photo gallery, a cinema, a library, a smoking room and, of course, the requisite bars and dance floor, all designed to facilitate artistic exchange and encounter. The vibe here is posh and artistic verging on high fashion (it's another popular venue for PFW afterparties), so some classy metallics would go well with the glitzy, dark-fantasy decor, but add a dark sock boot and fedora for a subtle, bohemian vibe. Mystery always works better than full-on glamour in a lair such as this.

Silencio142 rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris. Open Tuesday to Thursday from 6pm to 4am, and Friday and Saturday until 6am. Members only before midnight.
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Concrete


In some ways, Concrete may be the most Parisian of all the clubs on this list. Situated on a spacious yacht docked along the Seine, it specializes in techno and house music (which the French are rather well-known for) and all-day-all-night parties – go there on a Saturday evening, for example, and you can literally dance till the sun rises over the Seine and continue on until early Monday morning, if you've been hit by the modern-day French Dancing Plague. The attire here is young, Parisian and cool, which basically means essentials like jeans, button-down shirts and stylish track pants amped up with a bit more color – and skin. A red leather jacket that may seem too ostentatious for everyday would work perfectly here (and come in handy on chill nights) but keep everything else casual: a white t-shirt and geometric hoop earrings will keep the look grounded.

Concrete, 69 port de la Rapée, 75012 Paris. Open Wednesday from 10pm to 6am, and Friday and Saturday until 10am. Other events throughout the week are listed on the Facebook page. 
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