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One look around, and it's plain to see that Vegas is a fashion free-for-all. For every T-shirt and jeans combo you see, there are an equal number of polyester pants, barely-there minis and elegant suits crowding the streets and casinos. Doing Vegas in style is all about dressing comfy and cool enough to let the good times roll.
The light and noise of Vegas may seem about as removed from Mother Nature as one could possibly get, but that doesn't change the fact that the city is located in the middle of the Mojave desert. So if you're traveling anytime from May to October, expect sweltering heat during the day and warm temperatures at night. Winter's a slightly different story in Vegas, with daytime temps hovering in the 40s and 50s. So it's best to keep an eye on the calendar when deciding what to pack.
If you're like a lot of visitors to Vegas, there's a good chance you'll be spending most of your time indoors. So even on days when the temps climb into the triple digits, you're likely to feel the chill of your hotel's air conditioning. Frigid temperatures inside combined with the hot, dry desert air makes dressing in layers a smart style move. For this reason, a silk cardigan is a great traveling companion when going to Vegas. As an all-natural fiber, silk allows skin to breathe and will keep you comfortable in both hot and cold weather.
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While the Vegas dress code is generally more of a suggestion than a hard and fast rule, you may feel a slight chill coming from staff if you try and go the tank top and shorts route. if you want to hit the casinos and shows, you should plan on upping your game a bit. A great casual style for Vegas is a plain fitted tee and the ever-versatile and uber-flattering A-line skirt. Opt for the colors of the moment and pair your skirt-and-tee combo with a few well-placed accessories and some dressy flats. Whether you're hitting the strip or grabbing a bite to eat, this casual look will work in Vegas, day or night.
Even if you're going to Vegas just to chill, it's always smart to bring at least one outfit that will pass muster at a fancy establishment. Like any big city, upscale dining has its own dress code -- with shimmering evening gowns, sparkly cocktail dresses and formal pantsuits considered essential. But don't be afraid to hit the town in a glammed-up version of your favorite little black dress. A bold silver belt, oversize earrings and some great heels are all you need to pump up the volume on this old standby.