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Dress the Code: Get the Las Vegas Look

Planning a night out in Vegas? Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! A top destination for nightlife, Las Vegas boasts world-renowned clubs all down the Strip, packed with people (and sometimes celebrities) on any given night. These clubs are like no other, with the most extravagant decor you can think of — and of course, music to keep you partying for hours.


But before you head out for the evening, let’s talk wardrobe. After all, a night out in Las Vegas is the perfect time to take your style up a notch! The Vegas look is about standing out and showing off, and the right trendy attire is guaranteed to boost your confidence and bring out your party personality. But beware, being yourself may not be enough – you need to know the Vegas nightclub’s dress code to make sure you’re fit for entry. Not sure where to start? We’ll share some outfit ideas, tips, and typical nightclub rules to follow in this article.

What’s the Typical Vegas Nightclub Dress Code?

If you’re wondering how to dress for a night out in Vegas, the traditional wisdom is this: dress to impress! However, some clubs do have a few rules to adhere to — particularly for men.


If you have a particular nightclub in mind, make sure to check their website for specific guidelines. The dress code at Hakkasan Nightclub (MGM Grand), for example, requires “upscale fashionable attire.” Hats, sandals, sneakers, hard soled shoes and boots, ripped or baggy clothing and athletic wear are not permitted, and collared shirts are required for men. The dress code at 1 OAK Nightclub (The Mirage), on the other hand, is listed as “upscale chic” — no hats, t-shirts, chains, excessive jewelry, athletic wear, shorts, baggy attire, sunglasses, sandals/flats, or tennis shoes. You’ll notice those exclusion lists are somewhat the same, which is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind when planning your next clubbing trip out here.


When in doubt, a good nightclub dress code rule of thumb for men is to avoid baseball caps, tennis shoes or other athletic attire, ripped or loose-fitting clothing, shorts, and jerseys. Dress pants usually aren’t required, so choose whatever makes you feel comfortable. Be careful with t-shirts: if it’s fitted and fashionable, it may work, but it can be risky. If you do wear one, layer on a jacket or sport coat.


Ladies, on the other hand, have a bit more freedom when it comes to dress. You won’t often see nightclub rules directed at women. Club owners and bouncers are usually on the look-out for attractive groups of women, so here’s where splurging on upscale nightlife attire can pay off: groups of girls dressed to the nines will often get escorted to the front of the line, or get in without paying a cover.


But don’t mistake looking good for looking overly-sexualized; make sure your nightlife attire fits appropriately (that is, covers the right areas), isn’t see-through, and doesn’t have any offensive labels or words. When in doubt, opt for heels instead of flip-flops or flats. Some nightclubs have dress codes that restrict certain types of shoes, so check the club’s website before you go (this goes for both men and women).

Ideas for Nightclub Attire for Men

Appropriate club attire for men may include: dress shoes, trendy jeans, and a nice collared shirt. Try stores like Express and Zara for fashion-forward yet budget-friendly options. And please, give yourself a once-over in the mirror before you head out for the night! You should look classy (not sloppy), so make sure your shirt is ironed or pressed, and your jeans fit well.


Want to class it up even more? Go with a suit — just make sure it’s tailored. There’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit.

Nightclub Outfit Ideas for Women

Ladies, now’s the time to finally break out that trendy dress you’ve had tucked away in your closet. Again, you’re in “dress to impress” territory here. Most women opt for short dresses, heels, and a small clutch (avoid any big bags or purses, by all means!). If you’re not comfortable in a dress, jazz up some trendy shorts with a cute top and pumps. When you just can’t decide what to wear out in Vegas, a LBD (little black dress) amped up with some accessories is a classic start for a great night out.

Keep in mind that the dance floor will get hot and crowded. So make sure you feel comfortable and not weighed down by any extra fabric (maxi dresses are out!) or jackets. You should also wear something you can actually move around in. The best outfits for Vegas should make you feel confident and comfortable — if you have to readjust your clothes every two minutes, that’ll really cramp your style. And if you’ll be rocking sky-high heels, make sure to give them a test run beforehand and break them in.

If you follow this advice, you’ll always turn heads and blend in to the typical Las Vegas nightclubs scene. If you are in need of a sexy pair of heels, visit SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker at the Bellagio Hotel and shop Sarah Jessica Parker's chic collection of handcrafted shoes, handbags and accessories. While there, check out the other designer boutiques such as Christian Dior, FENDI, Louis Vuitton and more.

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