What to Wear: Sophisticated Stag Do

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A stag party doesn’t have to be all pubs, booze and strippers. With a bit of planning and a few alternative ideas, it can easily be a much classier affair which will still be fun and memorable for the groom and his friends. We’ve gathered together a few ideas which leave the tackiness of a traditional stag do behind.

A sophisticated bachelor night calls for sophisticated clothing. That means a pair of jeans with a t-shirt and trainers just won’t cut it this time and the groom in particular will likely want to look dashing on his last night of freedom! So here are some typical tasteful stag party activities and suitable attire suggestions.


If you want a top classy night out, you can’t go wrong having a trip with your best mates to a casino. There’s nothing more exciting than rocking up at the table with a fist full of chips and a twinkle in your eye. Will lady luck be on your side or will you leave with just enough change to catch the bus home?


A casino is also a venue where it’s completely acceptable to go dressed to the nines in a suit or tux. Alternatively, it would be great for your group to make the most of the opportunity to wear formal attire and all dress as 1920s gangsters. For this look you’ll need a well-fitting suit in a blue, grey or brown (or pinstripe if you want to look like an authentic 20s gangster!). You can get a tailor-made suit from Austin Reed. Team your suit with a white shirt, vest shirt and fedora hat. The extra details will really complete the look so don’t forget a matching silk tie and handkerchief plus a cigar.

Clay pigeon shooting

Clay pigeon is a popular stag do activity and surprisingly is found in a number of locations across the UK (see some destinations here). You can’t get more stereotypically English gentleman than going clay pigeon shooting, you just need the outfit to complete the look.

We’d suggest tweed, tweed and more tweed! These men’s country tweed jackets will help you look the part. Add boots (walking boots will do) and a flat cap and ‘Dapper’ will be your middle name.



One stag night activity that the groom will enjoy is a meal out at a top restaurant. We’d recommend Dinner by Heston Blumenthal if you’re in London, The Fat Duck in Berkshire (also a Heston venture) or L’Enclume in the Lake District – all of which are award-winning restaurants. Alternatively keep an eye out locally for pop up restaurants.

For a meal out it’s standard to dress smart casual, so wear a shirt, smart jeans (no ripped or faded jeans) or chinos teamed with shoes.


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