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Vegas Fashion: What to Wear in Vegas

Q:  I’ll be heading down to Las Vegas for a few days in July. Any tips for what I should pack?

Sophisticated Going Out Style
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What do you wear for a trip to Vegas?  Sin City style is over the top, glitzy–and more than a little risque.  But you can be daring without going overboard. The rule of thumb is to pick a part of your body to show off–just not your entire body.  You can show off some skin with a low cut top, but pair that skin-baring top with a skirt that reaches your knee.  Or if you wear a miniskirt, keep your top half covered.  Our example outfit, above, is a great example of how you can dress up at night without looking trashy.  It works for a woman in her 20s or 30s, but it can be adapted for women in their 40s or above.

Be prepared for the weather.  Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert - with the weather to match.  During the summer, expect temperatures into the 100s during the day and in the high 60s to mid 70s at night.  You don’t have to worry about humidity, but get ready for some extreme heat (and air conditioning on full blast).

At night, you’ll be dressing up to go out to dinner, shows, and clubs.  Think dresses—or going-out tops over skirts.  During the day, you’ll want a set of more casual clothes to take you shopping–and perhaps over to the spa.  Think cropped pants plus an embellished tank top.  Or shorts with a brightly colored tee.  For a long weekend in Vegas, here’s what you need to pack:

Tops: A couple of casual tops for daytime wear supplemented by a going-out top or blouse will do the trick.  Try bright colors—or tops featuring embellishment—to stay true to the Vegas spirit.  Don’t be afraid of a little sparkle.

Sweaters: Pack a light sweater or two for nighttime and/or heavily air conditioned areas.  Cropped sweaters are great with dresses, but a long cardigan paired with a dress is a very modern look.  

Outerwear:  It’s Vegas!  No jackets required.  If anything, you can bring a single lightweight jacket in case you get cold in the casinos. 

Dresses: Bring a dress or two, depending on how many evenings you’ll be going out.  We love drapey dresses that aren’t overly figure hugging; they leave something to the imagination.

Bottoms: Miniskirts if you dare (and have great legs), or knee-length pencil skirts (which tend to be fairly figure flattering).  For daytime, shorts or cropped pants are going to work.  We love knee-length tailored shorts for a pulled-together and figure flattering look.

Shoes: Heels are great for evenings out, but flats or sandals are best during the day.  Don’t forget a pair of flip flops for vegging by the pool.

Last thoughts about what to wear to Vegas?  What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  So get dressed to have fun.  And don’t forget your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a cover up.

Have a great tip about what to wear to Vegas? Share your style with us in the comments!

12 comments June 30th, 2009

Linen Ikat Contrast Skirt


Ikat prints are a visually stunning, fresh looking print for summer. They’re not actually new, but they’re new to most people’s closets. Use this beautiful ikat print to dress up a solid colored top.

$14.80  at Forever 21.

1 comment June 30th, 2009

Vena Cava Khaki Zip Dress


Thanks to Gap’s CDFA khaki collection, you can now get Vena Cava style at a fraction of the price. Our favorite piece from the collection is this edgy khaki zip dress. But if you want a slightly more modest cut, we also recommend the sleeved printed khaki dress.

$88  at Gap.

1 comment June 28th, 2009

You Said: Yes to Bright Yellow


marigold-chiffon-floral-dress_062809We asked: Would you wear Bright Yellow?

You said:  Yes to Bright Yellow, with a 70% to 30% vote.

Style tip? We adore the cheeriness of Bright Yellow.  There’s no better color to warm up a gray day, and it’s also the perfect color to welcome summer.  It’s warmth can just make you feel better once you put it on.  We love Bright Yellow paired with dark, dark denim - the blue makes the yellow even more radiant, and vice versa.  If you’re feeling up to it, try a blouse in yellow - or even a jacket.  (My bright yellow trench is a favorite, year round).  If you’d like to try out Bright Yellow without going all out, you can try a bright yellow accessory instead.  Try a handbag, a pair of shoes, or even jewelry.  Or test the waters with a yellow print, like the yellow flowers on this sunny dress.

Next question: Asymmetry was all over the runways, and now we’re seeing it in stores everywhere.  Especially in dress form with the One Shoulder Dress.  But what do you think about the One Shoulder Dress?  Tell us, would you wear a One Shoulder Dress?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Marigold Chiffon Floral Dress | $27.80 at Forever 21

1 comment June 28th, 2009

How to Wear a Miniskirt

How to Wear a Miniskirt
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What’s the key to wearing a miniskirt with style?  As you show off your legs, keep your top half covered up so that you’re not showing off too much skin.  This holds true whether you’re a teenager or if your teen years are far behind you.  The rule of thumb is that the shorter your skirt, the more you want to keep covered up on top.  Here’s Omiru’s version of how to wear a miniskirt:

1.  Start with a miniskirt.  Structured fabrics are going to be your best bet so the skirt isn’t overly figure-hugging.
2.  Layer on a tank top and a tailored button-down shirt.  Notice how the button-down and tank work together with the two shades of blue.  We love how the bright blue knit tank will peek out from under the lighter, paler tailored woven shirt.
3. Finish off the outfit with a light silk scarf (don’t you love how the brown looks against the backdrop of the blues) and a pair of statement sandals.

How would you wear a miniskirt? Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments June 25th, 2009

Paisley Tunic


Add a bit of boho style to your closet with this paisley tunic. Pair this blousy tunic with a pair of skinny jeans (or leggings) for a classic big-over-small look.

$36  at Urban Outfitters.

Add comment June 25th, 2009

Effortless Summer Style in a Chambray Shirt

White Jeans + Chambray
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Mix utilitarian style with urban sophistication for a look that’s all about effortless summer style.  Simply juxtapose a rugged chambray shirt against a feminine, brightly colored tank.  Here’s how to get the look of effortless summer style in a chambray shirt:

1.  Start with a bright strappy summer tank and a pair of white bootcut jeans.
2.  Layer on a chambray shirt, a preppy alternative to the long, cardigan sweater.  Doesn’t the blue chambray look fabulous with the bright yellow tank?
3.  Finish off the look with a pair of flat sandals and a messenger bag slung over your shoulder.

How do you wear a Chambray Shirt?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments June 25th, 2009

Low Rise Fishbone Patterned Shorts


If you’re going to try out short shorts, why not try out a fun pattern? These fishbone patterned shorts are pure graphic chic.

$29.50  at Delias.

Add comment June 25th, 2009

How to Wear Nantucket Reds

How to Wear Nantucket Reds
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Nantucket Reds are classic prep - and absolutely perfect for summer.  Why are they so great?  The beauty of Nantucket Reds is their unique faded salmon red color that gets better with age.  The original Nantucket Reds are made by Murray’s Toggery Shop, but the resurgence of preppy fashion means that you can get them in a variety of styles from other retailers. Here’s how to wear Nantucket Reds:

1.  Start with a pair of Nantucket Reds.  You can try a short or a pant, cargo pockets optional.
2.  Add another preppy classic: a casual gingham shirt.  We love how the navy and white plays off of the salmon red shorts.
3.  Finish off the look with a pair of bright white sneakers (worn sans socks) and a canvas belt.

How do you wear Nantucket Reds?  Share your style with us in the comments!

11 comments June 24th, 2009

Standard Asymmetrical Pullover Hood


We love new takes on old standards. Here, we have a hoodie that’s anything but vanilla. Between the asymmetry of the zipper, the half placket, and the kangaroo pocket, we have the best of the traditional hoodie and a new edgy twist.

$58  at Urban Outfitters.

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