Everyone knows a party holiday isn’t complete without a killer wardrobe, and Vegas has its own unique buzz. The lights, casinos, parties and shopping bring out a bit of crazy in everybody – we guess that’s why they say “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” If you’re off to Sin City and struggling to think of what to pack, we’ve broken down what to wear in Las Vegas, from sultry swimwear to glitzy gowns.
Las Vegas by Day: Pool Parties
Wondering what to do in Las Vegas during the day? Party by the pool, of course! If fashion royalty are seen donning a bikini then it’s a sure fire sign that this is probably what to pack for Las Vegas. Kardashian sisters, Kim and Kourtney, and Victoria’s Secret model, Doutzen Kroes, are all huge fans of Agent Provocateur’s bandage cut swimwear. Cut out bikinis and swimsuits elude effortless glamour, they are great for all bust sizes and shapes, and they will definitely have heads turning at a Vegas pool party.
Pool parties are to Las Vegas what afternoon tea is to London – a core feature, with its own dress code. Whilst afternoon tea requires formal dress, the pool party fashion in Las Vegas is sexy and sophisticated. Monochrome pieces are timeless and slimming, and they look great paired with shear tops and shorts. However, if you are a little more adventurous, don’t be scared to pop some colour, and remember to choose swimwear that suits your shape.
Las Vegas by Day: Shopping
You can spend money in any conceivable (and even inconceivable) way in Las Vegas, but to make sure that you have something to show for your spending then a shopping trip is a must. That way even if you don’t win big in the casino, you will still have some tangible goodies to console you about your empty purse. No matter what your budget is, you can find somewhere to shop in Las Vegas, from the designer boutiques in Rodeo Drive to the premium shopping outlets for those on a budget. To allow you to do some serious retail therapy, the glitz and glamour can be held at bay. We suggest keeping it classic in Vegas during the day with a celebrity favourite: white top and blue jeans.
Effortless glam? Check. Comfortable for shopping? Check. Wearable day to night? Check. That’s why we love a white top and blue jeans; it’s such an easy outfit that can take you from dusk till dawn. Beyoncé’s look just screams cute comfort and it is the perfect Las Vegas daytime outfit: her white top is crisp, her jeans are bright and, best of all, she has matched it with a pair of Converse (ideal for hours of bargain shopping). Chrissy Teigen has finished her outfit with a stunning pair of pumps that take the white top and blue jeans look to the next level, making it smart enough for lunch and dinner too. And Karlie Kloss’ wide leg jeans and piped skinny white tee is the ultimate 70s throwback; a superb casual number to hit the shops.
Las Vegas by Day and Night: Weddings
Everyone knows that Las Vegas is a popular wedding destination referenced in songs, movies and TV shows. If you are planning on (or somehow find yourself) getting hitched, here are a few ideas for what to wear to a wedding in Las Vegas. Whether you want something long and figure hugging, or something short and sassy that will take you from the registry office to the nightclub, there is a dress below for you.
Weddings in Vegas tend to be rather short and snappy. When shopping for a dress to wear in Vegas, it might be worth buying something that you can wear again. All three of our picks are fun and flirty and you will definitely find a use for them when you get back home.
Las Vegas by Night: Shows
The shows in Las Vegas are guaranteed to leave you gobsmacked, with productions that are flamboyant and over the top – whether it is flamenco dancing or a rock concert. As the city never sleeps, you will find that shows run all day and smart casual is the ideal Las Vegas style for shows. Afternoon guests tend to err more towards the casual, whilst at night you see people get a little bit more glam, but on the whole we would say leave the ostentatious outfits to the performers so that you can sit back and enjoy what promises to be an unforgettable experience.
It has been said that red is the new black, and a little red dress is all that you need to make an impact in Vegas at night. Eva Longoria’s red dress is classy and comfortable – pair with some killer black heels and a little clutch and you are good to go. Fearne Cotton’s caped number is great for hiding the sins of a big dinner, whilst Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress oozes Sex in the City and will take you from the show to the after party.
Las Vegas by Night: Casinos
When you think of Vegas it’s likely that casinos are one of the first things (if not the first thing) that pop into your mind. Casinos are one of the main attractions in Las Vegas: they are open 24/7, they are conveniently located in many hotels and, with a stroke of luck, you might be able to call up your boss and say you are the never coming back. Whilst we are by no means endorsing or encouraging gambling, a night at the casino (even if you are only watching) is an amusing affair. You will see all kinds of emotion from elation to despair, but overall most people are having the time of their life – and looking a million dollars too.
When it comes to quintessential Vegas outfits, we love Dita Von Teese: she is everything that Las Vegas fashion stands for. We have selected some wearable alternatives that will capture every eye in the building and hopefully confuse the croupier so that the cards are handed out in your favour…
Las Vegas by Night: Boxing Match
Whether you are a boxing enthusiast or you’ve only ever tried a boxfit class at the gym, you may find yourself attending a bout at the MGM Grand. So if you are wondering what to wear to a boxing match in Las Vegas, the answer is to go glamorous. Whilst the boxers will be wearing shorts, the Vegas dress code requires that the audience make an effort.
Bandage dresses can work wonders. The strips of material accentuate your curves in the right places, and their stretchy nature mean that you can wear them for hours. Paris Hilton, Gabrielle Union and Miranda Kerr are excellent examples of how to dress in Vegas when attending the boxing. Keep it simple with your jewellery: a pair of earrings, a bracelet and choker necklace would be perfect (avoid drop necklaces as they probably won’t sit right).
Las Vegas by Night: Nightclubs
Vegas nights out make London look infantile – the clubs are more opulent, the bottles of champagne are larger, and the women dress sexier. But don’t worry: if you are contemplating what to wear in Las Vegas clubs and don’t fancy anything too fitted, you can leave the Lycra at home. We have selected a few classy clubbing outfits to help you shake your tail-feather all night long.
All that glitters might not be gold, but with your sun-kissed golden skin (courtesy of the hot Vegas sun) a gold dress is the perfect thing to wear in Vegas at night. These dresses don’t need to be overly accessorised and can be worn with a pair of comfy heels for clubbing as, unlike in the UK, parties in Vegas go on all night.
Quick Guide: Clothes to Wear in Vegas
- Monochrome swimwear is great by the pool as it is slimming and timeless.
- White tops and blue jeans make a great outfit for shopping during the day, and can be dressed up or down.
- Keep hair and makeup simple – think soft curls, smoky eyes, and a touch of colour on the lips.
- Wondering what to wear to a Vegas show? Leave elaborate dresses to the performers and pack a few casual night out outfits. Let your accessories make the statement.
- When it comes to Las Vegas clubwear, remember to pack a few dresses for your Vegas trip. Red or gold are perfect for a night out.
- A great pair of shoes will complete your look – but remember you will be on your feet for hours, so the comfier the better.
On that Note…
Now you know what clothes to wear to Las Vegas you are ready to pack your suitcase and head off to Sin City for the time of your life (dressed like a goddess for every occasion).
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