Dress Code For Las Vegas Nightclubs
It's the night you've been waiting for. You're staying at one of the many great hotels in Las Vegas, you've attended one of the city's most incredible shows and you're ready to spend a late night at one of the hottest clubs on the Strip. You've even booked VIP hosted entry to skip the line with a limo to take you there (and bring you back to your hotel room) in style and comfort. But there's still one more crucial decision to be made, and it's one that many first-timers in Vegas overlook: what to wear. All Las Vegas nightclubs enforce a dress code. The last thing you want is to be turned away while your better-dressed buddies breeze inside to have the time of their lives. Not only is it really embarrassing but after going back to the hotel to change, you'll have to wait in line all over again. Don't worry. Dressing right for a Vegas club isn't rocket science. Follow these tips so you won't get turned away because of your clothes.
- Dress to impress. An expensive-looking outfit will get you better treatment.
- Remember it can be more difficult to get into a club on a Friday or Saturday night. Being impeccably dressed gives you an advantage.
For the guys:
- The standard Vegas look is a collared button-up shirt worn with jeans or dress pants and leather shoes. It's not too original, but it's guaranteed to get you in the club.
- If you insist on wearing a t-shirt, it better look like something special. A simple way to dress up a t-shirt is to wear a sports coat over it. (Just think twice about wearing a sport coat in the summer. The Vegas weather gets notoriously hot and nothing will kill your style quicker than being drenched in sweat.)
- Know that upscale clubs usually frown on t-shirts. If you're concerned, check their website or call in advance to find out the specifics of the dress code.
- A suit is fine but unless you're 007, you might feel overdressed.
For the girls:
- The dress code is simpler for the ladies — just wear whatever you look hottest in! Go glamorous with a cocktail dress or keep it casual with jeans and a dressy top.
- Wear shoes you love, but make sure they're reasonably comfortable. Girls often buy new shoes for their Vegas vacation without breaking them in. Stumbling around will just make you appear drunk — or more drunk than you actually are.
- Guys, please don't try going to a club wearing a tank top, no matter how buff you are. It's not likely to work out.
- Even if the club allows jeans, don't push your luck by wearing ones that are really baggy or torn.
- Wear baseball caps, bandanas, jerseys or shorts. Ever.
- Forbidden footwear for clubs are sneakers, sports sandals and flip-flops.
- Don't bring a vape pen or any form of cannabis. Just because recreational marijuana is now legal in Las Vegas, it doesn't mean clubs allow it. They don't.
- Don't assume all clubs have the same dress code. Just because one club allowed you in wearing a t-shirt doesn't mean that the next one will — and arguing won't help.
Dress Code For Las Vegas Dayclubs
Think of a dayclub as a nightclub by the pool. These daytime parties feature many of the same elements — like DJs, drinking and dancing — but are usually outdoors by the water. And just like the nightclubs, these events follow strict dress codes that go beyond what you'll find at the casual hotel pool.
- Wear a bathing suit. Board shorts, cargo shorts, or fitted shorts are also usually okay.
- Wear a t-shirt, v-neck or tank-top that's stylish and doesn't look cheap.
- Wear flip-flops, sandals or sneakers.
- Ladies, don't drop your tops unless it's an official topless pool. Some, like Tao and Marquee, permit limited European-style sunbathing during the week.
- Don't bring a towel. You'll be given one when checking in and/or arriving at your cabana.
- Don't dress in athletic wear, including sweatpants, sweatshirts, basketball shorts or team jerseys.
- Don't wear socks with sandals.
- Don't wear cheap t-shirts or tank tops (like a "wife beater" or anything that came in a four-pack at Walmart).
Dress Code For Las Vegas Shows
These days you can get away with wearing almost anything to a show in Vegas, especially when it comes to matinees. Shorts, sneakers, t-shirts — chances are you will see a variety of all of these, but that doesn't mean that you can't dress up for a night on the town.
- Dress to fit in with the majority of the crowd. There's no need to feel out of place.
- Put on some bling to make an outfit appear dressier for evening shows.
- Worried about a dress code for a certain show? Call ahead to double-check.
- Not sure what to wear? Smart casual (dark wash jeans and a nice shirt) is always a safe choice.
- Don't wear tank tops to evening shows.
- Don't overdo it and stand out in a negative way.
- Avoid wearing a hat, especially a large one. You don't want to block anyone's view.
Dress Code For Fine Dining
Las Vegas is known for its fabulous collection of five-star restaurants featuring the very best chefs in the world. While dress codes have dramatically softened in recent years, an evening of fine-dining should be treated as a special occasion. Your goal should be to treat the establishment with the appropriate respect — not wear the bare minimum to avoid being kicked out.
- Ladies, have a dress set aside for this night. Little black dresses are always appropriate, and be sure to take the extra time getting ready, as all of the guests will be dressed to impress. Heels are a must (but keep them under four inches) and don't forget those diamond studs you've been drooling over.
- Gents, have a nice-fitting jacket (James Bond should come to mind) that shows you have fine taste. Wear something new and comfortable — not a heavy wool sport coat leftover from college. Slacks of any shade are acceptable and nice jeans are usually okay. Make sure you wear long enough socks so that you don’t flash your bare ankles when crossing your legs!
- Remember that elegance and sophistication is the goal in a fine-dining restaurant.
- Call ahead to confirm the dress code at any restaurant with a AAA reward or Michelin-starred chef.
- Don't even consider t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, sandals, hats or anything that would be common at the gym or at the pool. You may be turned away.
- Ladies, don't wear any dresses or outfits that border on X-rated. While it's hard for an attractive woman to be turned away anywhere in Vegas, there's a difference between hot and trashy. If you're not sure about the difference, choose another outfit.
Dress Code For Casinos
As long as you have money to gamble, casinos don’t really mind what you're wearing, aside from shirts and shoes. With the Vegas heat, most casinos know that shorts and t-shirts are common during the day. Come nighttime, you may want to change out of your tourist clothes and find some smart jeans and a form-fitting top.
- Play the tables in whatever you feel the most comfortable in.
- Guys, it's best to lose the shorts and flip-flops and change into slacks or smart jeans and shoes.
- If you do intend to play high-stakes games, there may be a business or smart-casual dress code. Check with the hotel concierge to make sure.
- Don't be intimidated by the nicer casinos, as most aren't picky when it comes to general casino floors.
- Keep in mind that flip-flops and shorts after 6pm are a bad look.
- Don't wear anything that might suggest you're cheating. That includes bluetooth earpieces and anything that looks like you're trying to conceal or obscure your identity. Casinos care a lot more about the house being swindled than bad dressers.