With so much to do including gambling, fine dining, partying, exploring and show stopping live performances to be seen – you’re going to need an extensive collection of outfits. But will these fit the dress code of many Vegas hot spots?
Luckily we’ve done a quick round up of the dress code applied to each activity, so you can pack your suitcase accordingly.
If you’re taking a casual stroll around the strip, a dress code doesn’t apply; just make sure you’re comfortable so you can enjoy yourself. Of course this casual and comfortable stroll will involve different items depending on what time of year you travel, summer will obviously mean shorts and winter will mean jeans or a pair of long trousers. Because Vegas is in the desert the temperature can reach extremes of very hot and very cold, so those taking an evening or night time stroll may want to take a jacket. Also make sure you wear sensible shoes as everywhere in Vegas is a little bit more spread out than you may think.
So you’ve decided to go and catch one of the big Vegas shows, but what should you wear? Well, if you go during the day there isn’t a strict dress code – just dress to be comfortable. Strictly speaking, at night, there isn’t a dress code; however people do tend to get dressed up – particularly if it’s a show by a big star. Although formal attire isn’t necessary, smart casual is recommend – nice shirt, dark jeans, a nice dress – and ladies don’t be afraid to throw on a few fancy pieces of jewellery.
The clothing rules in casinos are pretty similar for both men and women; during the day it’s not uncommon to see people in shorts, jeans, flip flops, trainers and casual t-shirts. However after 6pm the shorts and flip flops are out, and a more smart casual evening attire is adopted; jeans, trousers, blouses, skirts, dresses, button down shirts, jackets and suits are all completely fine. It’s important to note that some high stakes games may employ a more business dress code – so check with the concierge if you intend on taking part in these games.
There are two different types of dining in Vegas; casual and fine dining. During the day, it’s perfectly normal to wear something very dressed down and casual; walking into a hotel buffet or street side restaurant after sightseeing, shouldn’t be an issue. Some casual restaurants may prefer a business causal look, but won’t turn you away.
For fine dining, you will have to dress for the occasion. Most of the better restaurants around Vegas have a dress code of some sort, such as business casual; so shirts, dresses, trousers, shoes and heels are recommended. Many restaurants, such as those at the MGM Grand and the Bellagio also require men to wear smart jackets too. Something to remember is; always assume casual clothes such as trainers, jeans and t-shirts won’t cut it, and if you’re unsure, call ahead if the restaurant has a famous chef or AAA reward.
This is one place with a definite dress code, and you’ll want to get it right, otherwise you’ll end up waiting in line just to be turned away. So don’t throw on trainers, shorts, flip flops, t-shirts or anything that’s fashionably torn, because you won’t get in. Instead opt for shirts with collars, trousers, smart jeans, jackets and shoes for men, and dresses, skirts, blouses and heels, or a more casual jeans and dressy top look for women. Once again, the term business casual slips into the night club dress code. However, some clubs do ban jeans from the venue.
It’s also worth noting, that if you’re going out on a Friday or Saturday night, the more impeccably dressed you are, the better. This is because it can be difficult to get in at the weekend, leaving room for the fanciest of dressers only.
For all occasions, if you’re unsure of the dress code, it’s always wise to check with the venue beforehand or ask the concierge. After all, they want you to look your best just as much as you do.