Disneyland may be the ‘Happiest Place on Earth,’ but for many adults, I have a hunch that Las Vegas comes in at a very close second. What’s not to love about the great weather, restaurants, shopping, and shows?
With so much to do, it can sometimes be hard to know what pack, especially if you want to keep your luggage to a carry-on. Don’t worry. Here is everything you need to know about what to wear in Las Vegas.
Daytime Vegas – Casual Outfits
Las Vegas is one of those surreal places. It’s like walking around in dreamland because life goes on 24 hours a day, and most of the buildings have no windows, so you lose track of day and night! It’s an “anything goes” type of town, which means that some gals dress so super casual, it’s ridiculous.
During the day, I’ve seen women walking down Las Vegas Blvd. in swimsuits and cover-ups. A few years back, at Celine Dion’s evening show, I spotted a gal our age entering the theatre wearing tacky cutoff jean shorts, a skimpy tank top, and dirty plastic flip-flops.
Las Vegas is a casual town, and unless you plan on hitting a nightclub or going out for a fancy dinner, casual clothes will do just fine. That said, keep it classy casual, not frumpy or trashy. Here are some ideas for what to wear in Vegas during the day.
Wear: Jeans or Cropped Pants + Fun Top
There’s no rule about the kind of top you should wear with jeans or casual pants, but since you are in Vegas, I suggest you go with something fun and a touch sexy. For example, why not choose a top in a
- bright, fun color
- playful pattern
- with a nipped-in waist
- sexy V or scoop neckline
- off the shoulder neckline
- cold-shoulder neckline
- lace-up neckline
- keyhole neckline
- tops that have bling/embellishment
- edgy studs
- animal print
- sensuous fabrics like a velvet tee
- sheer panels or overlay
- cutouts at arm, shoulders, wherever
- dramatic bell sleeves
- slit sleeves or tie sleeves
- tops that are light, flowy and that move
- wrap style tops
Basically, any casual top or tee that with some playful or flirty detail is fun to wear in Vegas.
This doesn’t mean you should wear a low cut leopard print top and bright red skinny jeans (tacky)- but you also don’t want to wear a pair of baggy-in-the-behind blue jeans and a stiff, boring button-up cotton shirt. That would be too plain and frumpy, not the least bit playful or sexy for Vegas.
Vegas is a place to relax and have some grown-up fun, so why not wear something a little bit more exciting – go for it!
Leggings are certainly very comfy and have a cool edginess that works well in Vegas. Just be sure to wear a long top, long blouse or tunic to cover your bottom. You could wear leggings with tall boots or booties in fall and winter and sandals or slip-on sneakers in spring and summer. Follow the same guidelines for color and style as you would with regular tops.
These are also a good choice. Vegas is in the desert, so if you are going to be walking the 4.2 mile Vegas strip by day, you’ll keep cool and look cute. Just be sure you have really good, practical walking shoes. Bring a light jacket or sweater for the night when temps drop.
Have you thought about a maxi dress? Many maxis have a nice, casual daytime glam and can be worn with a comfy pair of sandals, sunglasses, a denim jacket, and a big hat. If you’ve thought of wearing one back home, but it didn’t feel quite right, you will feel right at home in one in Vegas.
Casual jumpsuits (long or cropped) are both comfy and in sync with the Las Vegas vibe. After all, Elvis was famous for his Las Vegas jumpsuit- lol!
How to Dress in Las Vegas – Evening – Dressy
On the flip side of casual, you will find lots of women who like to dress up at night. Don’t feel you have to hold back on the glitz and glam if you’ve been wondering how to dress for a Las Vegas nightclub. Some nightclubs do have dress codes, but often they apply more to men than women. The catchall phrase, ‘Stylish nightlife attire’ is usually what applies to women, and most gals take this to mean they should dress to impress.
Choose chic dinner dresses or fancy cocktail style dresses. Most women wear short, but some prefer long. Black always works, but it’s more fun to wear color.
Dressing on the sexy side is perfectly fine, but think carefully about what that means – you want to keep it classy by putting a limit on how much skin you show.
Other ways to look alluring are to try wearing a smoky eye for a change or add some sparkle to your outfit in the form of a sequin top, for example. You could also do something as simple as wear larger, more dangly earrings with jeans and a pretty blouse. These are all ways of looking sexy without going overboard.
You can find more ideas on how to dress sexy over 40 without looking trashy here.
Dressy jumpsuits look glamorous in the evening too. So do wide leg palazzo pants with silky blouses or fun party tops. Just add some sexy heels, sparkly earrings, a bold lipstick, and an animal print clutch, and you’re party-ready.
Some other things to think about when dressing for Las Vegas….
From June to September it’s scorching outside, 100+, and very cold in the casinos and shopping areas with the air conditioning blasting. During the day, dress in layers. If you’re wearing a summer dress or sleeveless top, have a jacket or some type of sweater you can pop on inside to keep the chill from air conditioning at bay, and then pop off when you go outside in the heat.
Jeans are okay for the evening, but they’ll be too hot during the day so make sure you bring a pair of chic lightweight capris, cropped pants or some shorts. Not sure if you can pull off shorts at a certain age? This article has lots of great tips on how to wear shorts over 40.
Fall and Spring
Come fall and spring, be sure to bring a light coat or jacket. Las Vegas gets very chilly at these times of the year, believe it or not. It is the desert, after all. For evenings, a pashmina is a good thing to have on hand.
Winter visitors to Las Vegas should bring pieces that are good for layering. Evenings and mornings are cold, with the temperature averaging around 34F, so you need a jacket and sweater to layer under that for extra warmth. A chic scarf will also help keep you toasty. During the day it will warm up, getting into the mid-50s so peel off your layers as needed.
The Shoe Issue
Deciding what shoes to bring is always tricky, but three types should get you through. A beautiful pair of sandals or mules, with a chunkier heel (the height is your choice). These are great with jeans or a casual dress. Wear them to the casino or for light shopping or lunch.
You’ll need a second, more practical pair as you will be doing a lot of walking. The casinos are huge, and the strip is long, so if you want to see everything, bring low comfy walking shoes. Slip-on sneakers, which are modern and comfy, are one possibility. In the fall and spring, low booties are also fine.
In the evening when it’s time for a fancy dinner and show, you’ll look gorgeous in dressy heels. Feel free to push yourself a little with shoes that are a little higher, more sparkly or sexier than you usually wear, just for fun. Vegas is the place to do it. Note: It’s a good idea to slip some lightweight, foldable flats in your bag if you plan to go club-hopping afterward. Don’t say I didn’t tell you!
What to Wear to the Pool in Vegas
If you are planning to spend time lounging by the pool, be sure to choose a sexy Vegas pool outfit. You also definitely want a beautiful cover-up and big sunglasses to look glam. And don’t forget to bring a cute tote to carry books, iPad, sunscreen and your wallet.
Have you been to Las Vegas? What did you wear? Comment below and let me know.
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