WHAT ARE THE DRESS CODES?
Most all Las Vegas nightclubs will enforce a dress code of some sort, and most of them are pretty much the same. Girls can get away with anything that at least looks like they tried, while guys must adhere to more of a patchwork of exceptions. It isn’t uncommon for two people who are wearing the exact same outfit to get a different reaction at the door.
As an example, a local, table customer, friend of the doorman, frequent customer, or gentleman who comes with a group of girls isn’t likely to get sweated about coming in with a t-shirt and stylish sports shoes, while the unknowing Joe Smith from Rhode Island will be sent in search of something “more appropriate.”
At the end of the day, it is always up to the doorman’s discretion, so your bitching and moaning will likely fall on deaf ears. If you don’t feel pretty confident that your style will fall within exceptions, plan on playing it safe by wearing decently fitting jeans, nice shoes, a collared shirt, and / or pair your t-shirt with a nice jacket or sport’s coat.
WHAT “ISN’T ALLOWED?”
As you now know, just because it is against the formal dress code doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t occasionally get through the door. Often times if you show up with a very stylish look, things are overlooked. Still, be mindful that these are things that are universally not allowed per official dress codes:
- Baggy Jeans
- Sports hats. (Exception: fedoras and the like are usually ok.)
- Tennis shoes.
- Shoes that are considered too sportslike.
- Cut offs
- Bedazzled clothing, Ed Hardy, and Christian Audigier (Seriously. Many clubs won’t let this stuff in. I don’t disagree with them, but to each their own).
LET’S TALK COLLARED SHIRTS.
The goal is to stand out in a club, not to look like you are the star member of “team dude,” and when collared shirts come into play, this can present a problem for groups of guys who may inadvertently have shown up in similar collared shirts! Worse, any night of the week that a Las Vegas club typically has more tourists inside than locals, you are going to find yourself in a virtual sea of untucked collared shirts with the top button undone. It’s almost uncanny. Is there isn’t anything wrong with wearing this outfit? Technically speaking, no, but do make an effort to shake it up a bit. Options that are both safe and within dress code, are to add a stylish tie, sports coat, trendy jacket, or to find an uncommon collared shirt.
Word to the wise, avoid the collared shirts that have a bunch of bedazzled bullshit attached to them. You look like a mirrorball took a dump on your shirt, and most people would agree that this isn’t a good look. If you are headed in this direction, a great online store to check out is English Laundry.
WHAT ABOUT THE T-SHIRTS?
The temptation to simply wear a stylish t-shirt to a Las Vegas nightclub is even greater when you consider that you are visiting a nightclub in the middle of the desert. We get it, it’s hot. But this is a gamble as falling victim to your own comfort may mean the difference between you getting into the nightclub and the doorman telling you to kick rocks.
According to the official dress code of most all major Las Vegas nightclubs, t-shirts are a big no no. Does it mean that you won’t see people inside wearing them? Of course not. As always, rules on dress codes tend to be bent if the doorman knows the person or if the group is a tipping table customer. If you don’t fall in either of those categories, play it safe and dress it up a little. Add a jacket, take it off once inside. Get creative.
SHOULD I WEAR DRESS PANTS?
You can obviously wear dress pants to any Las Vegas nightclub if you really have your heart set on it, but it’s completely not necessary at any club in town. You are just fine with a nice pair of jeans, and you won’t look nearly as stuffy. If you do plan on wearing dress pants, think less khaki and more trendy: Zara, Diesel, and some of the brands often seen at Topman are great starts.
WHAT ABOUT MY JEANS?
Jeans are completely acceptable at every club in Las Vegas. You just want to make sure that your jeans look good, as most Las Vegas nightclubs frown upon torn/rugged jeans. Also, you shouldn’t try to walk in wearing really baggy jeans. You will get rejected. Probably even laughed at. Children might cry. Bad idea.
WHAT ABOUT MY KICKS?
You are always safe with leather and dress shoes. You can even occasionally get away with low profile “tennis shoes” as long as they are solid black (including the laces) if they look dressy enough and don’t have any huge logos on them.
Have some trendy kicks that you want to wear out? Officially, they aren’t allowed, but most major Las Vegas nightclubs are relaxing the rules on shoes if you compensate elsewhere in your outfit. Have on a STYLISH collared shirt, tie, jacket, nice pants with your fashionable sports shoes? Always a gamble, but you could be just fine.
WHAT ABOUT HATS?
Style it up! Some clubs will let you in wearing a hat if it is considered fashionable (rimmed, beret, etc), but typically most will tell you to leave any sports hats outside of the ropes.
WHAT ABOUT SUNGLASSES?
These are allowed everywhere, but they look f*cking ridiculous. I’m always one to appreciate new fashion trends and to embrace all things sexy, but the people who wear sunglasses to nightclubs are seriously trying too hard. And unless they are veterans at looking like a moron in the club, half of them realize their stupidity halfway through the night and wear them on their forehead instead. Don’t risk public humiliation. Leave them at home.
If you have a question about a specific pair of shoes or article of clothing that you want to wear out, find a link to a picture of something similar and post a question in our community discussion boards for a fast answer by multiple Vegas nightlife veterans.