June 30th, 2009
Q: I’ll be heading down to Las Vegas for a few days in July. Any tips for what I should pack?
A: 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!