When I was packing for a recent trip to Las Vegas I realized that I had no idea what guys wear in Las Vegas when they go out to dinner and out to the nightclubs. So, I started by texting a few friends who I know who have been several times and I received the generic answers, “just wear what you normally do in Chicago”. It wasn’t helpful because…well it’s VEGAS. I wanted to know what people wear in Las Vegas, what’s acceptable to wear in Las Vegas, what men’s fashion would stand out in Las Vegas, but it also has to fly slightly under the radar since it’s more challenging in general for guys to get into the nightclubs.
The casinos can be very casual during the day and at night there are more individuals dressed up because they have more planned for the night than just gambling. If you’re going just for nice dinners and shows, then anything from nice denim and a polo shirt to a suit will work just fine! I would recommend wearing what you typically would if you were going out to a nice dinner with family or friends. Don’t be afraid to go a little bolder compared to your normal outfits since in Vegas it’s hard to standout compared to the sea of every type of fashion imaginable.
Heading to Vegas for the weekend you’ll likely know what type of trip you’re about to have. If it’s about to be a weekend filled with partying and a terrible hangover on Sunday, then play close attention.
Not in the mood to read the rest of this? Then just read this the following…In summary: black or dark color everything, including dress shoes, and make sure it fits well.
If you’ve prepaid for bottle service, tables, etc. and you’re going BIG, then I would say you have more liberty to wear what you want. You won’t have any issues getting into the nightclubs since you’re with a group that’s already paid for everything. Of course, you need to follow their normal dress code rules (e.g. clothes that look nice, no clothes with holes, etc).
We had our entrance to the nightclubs covered ahead of time. For the first night, we headed to XS after eating at Nobu, which is one of the nicest nightclubs, to see the Chainsmokers. I was aiming for a more aggressive look by going with a nice t-shirt. This shirt is from Uniqlo and was a collaboration featuring Andy Warhol. I paired it with a bold blazer, then toned down the outfit with denim and black wingtip dress shoes. The bold blazer was still a muted color (muted colors are important). I likely would have gone with a button down shirt if we were just general admission because I would have been concerned about wearing a t-shirt to the nightclubs in Las Vegas.
Our second night out in Vegas, after an incredible dinner at Beauty and Essex, I went with an aggressive cotton suit paired with a black button down, untucked, and black wingtip dress shoes. To define “aggressive cotton suit” this is not a suit I would ever wear to a business meeting. It’s a much tighter fit due to the stretch material. I also went with a shorter length button down because I knew I was going to wear it untucked. Do not just untuck a button normal down shirt and expect it to look as good as a casual button down shirt that’s untucked (casual button downs are designed to be shorter).
Do NOT wear a ‘business suit’ that makes it look like you just left your job selling used cars in the 1980’s (e.g. a suit that doesn’t fit well). Wearing a suit is not something that you have to wear or should feel remotely obligated to wear if you’re going to the nightclubs in Vegas.
If you want to wear something conservative when going out in Las Vegas, I would recommend nice fitting dark blue or black denim, nice dark brown or black dress shoes, and a dark color button down that looks good untucked. I was really glad that I went with muted colors in Las Vegas. So if it helps, leave the bold colors at home this trip and save those for Nantucket. If you’re going to wear a blazer, make sure it’s a nice fitting blazer that you will definitely have to dry-clean. Shockingly, people can smoke in all casinos and nightclubs in Vegas (not a fan of this aspect, but it is what it is)!
For those of you who are going to the pool parties, I would recommend a non-obnoxious bathing suit that is likely on the shorter side and not baggy. You’ll see a lot of bold bathing suits there, so unless you’re the bachelor or feel like you’re trying to get attention, stick with a nice, muted color, bathing suit that sits above your knees.