Las Vegas Bound? What to Wear in Night Clubs

Hi Deborah,

I’m going to Las Vegas for my 25th wedding anniversary, and I’m not sure what to take, so I look dressy at night but not too over the top. Can you give me some suggestions for what to wear in Las Vegas nightclubs and upscale restaurants? Thanks, Sue

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Dressing up in Vegas at Night

Vegas is famous for glitz and glam, giving you the chance to wear something you wouldn’t normally have the chance to wear back home. If there’s a look you have always wanted to try, such as the shoulder, or a beaded dress, this is the place to do it! Just remember always to stay classy and not too sassy!

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How to Dress Fun and Sexy, but still Look Classy over 40

The key is to look alluring and not vulgar.  Vegas is the perfect place to play up your flirty side, but too short, too low-cut, too tight, is trashy. Feel free to show a touch more skin than you normally would, but don’t go overboard, letting it all hang out all over. Figure out which part of your body you think is sexist, be it your legs, bust, waist, hips, shoulders, or back and play that one area up. Less is more. Here is what to wear to look dressy and dazzling at night.

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1. The Little Black Dress

If you’ve wondered about what to wear in Las Vegas clubs, you must know you can never go wrong with some version of the little black dress. Look for sexy details like off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, lace, slits, sparkle, feather, fringe, sheer, or find a simple black dress you love and load on some bling! Navy is similar to black but a little more lively, so this is another sophisticated choice too!

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2. A Sparkly Dress

Las Vegas is the one place you can really turn on the glam; however, head-to-toe bling, sparkle, or shine can make it look like you stepped out of the good old days when people actually “dressed.”  By all means, add some glitz, but be tasteful about it, so you don’t look overdressed.  Here are a few sparkly dresses above that are glamorous but tasteful.

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3. A Colorful Dress

Vegas is alive with bright lights and bold colors, so leave your dusty rose or moss-green dresses at home! Vibrant colors like the red, blue, emerald-green, orange, purple, and yellow fit right in with the party atmosphere.

*Covering Your Arms

I’m adding this footnote because so many cocktail dresses are sleeveless, and I know many of you feel more comfortable with your arms covered, so here’s what I suggest. Find a  dress or blouse with some sleeves but make sure whatever you buy has a sexy detail like a sexy neckline.

For example, a long-sleeved wrap dress has a beautiful criss-cross neckline that will highlight your bust. A dress with a keyhole neckline, the halter neckline is also great, and an off-the-shoulder top/dress with sleeves would be perfect too!


las veags club attire, blue halter jumpsuit, balck cold shoulder jumpsuit | styled by Fabulous After 40

4. A Sexy Jumpsuit

Here’s another idea for what to wear in Las Vegas nightclubs that you may not have thought of. If you prefer pants, a dressy jumpsuit is perfect!  A black one like this (above) is sexy and elegant-  Viva Las Vegas!

Not into jumpsuits but like pants? Try black flowing palazzo pants and a fancy top. They’re very Vegas!

Enjoy your trip!

P.S. See here: More nighttime outfits, as well as what to wear in Las Vegas in the daytime.

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21 thoughts on “Las Vegas Bound? What to Wear in Night Clubs

  1. Great article, and thank you for the inspiration! I am going this Labor Day weekend, and jumpsuits are on the top of my packing list.

  2. Is it ok to wear hose with a cocktail dress? Going to Vegas, I’ll be 40, and I hate showing my legs due to spider veins. I want to dress appropriately for night fun but don’t want to look silly or be uncomfortable. I know it will be hot bc I’ll be going in June.

  3. This is true that you should wear it accordingly to your age. Hence in this modern era, women of any age like wearing maxi dresses which were genuinely girl’s dressing. That defines there is always a girl in a woman.

  4. We have often been to Sin City, and my go-to packing strategy is to dress! They are appropriate for day and night with a shoe change. It saves a lot of room in your baggage for all the fabulous things you will find to buy while you are there!

  5. Imagine my surprise when I opened my emails and saw the heading “What to wear to Las Vegas”!! We’ll be going in August (very excited) and were wondering exactly that !!! It sounds very much like home… Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. I love your website. Great advice.

  6. I’ve been to LV twice & just last summer. Because of the extreme heat, shorts & tank tops are a must during the day. We would go back to the room to change for the evening. When we went to see Celine, I wore a lovely sleeveless dress & flat sandals & brought a sweater. If it’s your first trip, know the casinos are very cold & you will be sorry if you don’t wear flats. Walk, walk, walk!

  7. Katie Perry designs super comfortable clothing for ages 40+!
    They’re great for all occasions, can be dressed up and down, and best of all, they’re made of excellent quality fabrics that feel lovely on the skin and don’t crease (perfect for traveling and busy days!)

  8. Crocs over here are made of plastic and have the front covered in (can’t see toes) & a strap around the heel. They come in lots of different colors & are tacky. Maybe ok for gardening but not much else.

  9. Yes, extremely casual, you’re right! I worried too much; as you said, “anything” seemed to go at most places any time of day or night. Have to mention that I saw one poor lady get her maxi dress caught in the side gear of an escalator while she was stepping off — just a caution to those that wear maxis! Luckily, someone quickly flipped the “off” switch, but her lovely dress was ripped. I did fine with a skirt, a summer dress with sandals, a pair of casual linen pants with some different tops, and outside of having my cell phone stolen, I had a fun time!

  10. Hi Deb, Thanks for answering my question! I returned last week from my quick little trip there and felt I did okay with the wardrobe I brought along, but your suggestions will also be helpful to me in the future.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Glad you had a good time! Did you find Las Vegas to be super casual? That is what I found! Also, there seemed to be a big difference in what people wore depending on the hotel we were in.

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