What is the Dress Code for Las Vegas Nightclubs?
Many people ask what to wear while they’re in Vegas. Unlike many bars and clubs across the country, Las Vegas nightclubs have a relatively strict dress code that must be met before they’ll let you into the party. Many people have waited in line to get into the club only to be told that they can’t come in because of something they are wearing.
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Las Vegas Nightclub Dress Code For Men
What Guys Shouldn't Wear to the Nightclub
- Sports Apparel
- Tennis Shoes
- T-Shirts or Tank Tops
- Excessively Ripped or Baggy Jeans
An argument I hear many guys make is that their sneakers cost X amount of dollars. Unfortunately the club won’t care how much you paid for the shoes if they don’t meet the dress code standards.
A good example of an exception to these rules is nightswim events. If it is a nightswim party, you can basically wear whatever you might wear to a dayclub like swim trunks, sandals, and a T-shirt, or you can just stick to the regular nightclub dress code.
What Men Should Wear to the Nightclub
I would recommend to guys that come out to Vegas, you kind of want to dress like you’re showing up for a stylish, professional interview. Collared shirts are a must, even a polo would work. If you want to wear a T-shirt you will need to wear a sport coat or blazer over it which is a nice look.
Slacks or nice jeans also come in clutch. But typically where I see most guys fail is the shoes.
Loafers or dress shoes are the way to go. And again as I stated before, it’s not really the price of what you’re wearing that’s important as much as it is matching the style the club is looking for. You can find decent dress shoes at many discount stores, even on the strip, for oftentimes less than $50.
Vegas is so fast pace that many times all people will have to go off is a first impression. That will definitely include security and staff at the club as well as many patrons. That being said, it’s definitely better to overdress than under.
Oftentimes, I like to wear a full suit to the club. Many people will think you work there or give you sort of an elevated bit of respect because you look important and like you know what you’re doing--which is never a bad thing.
Dress Code for Bottle Service
Hopefully it isn’t much of a surprise, but the club security running the door will be much more lenient the more money you’re spending.
If you are a group of 5 guys and zero girls and everyone dressed sloppy, the door guys are going to give you a hard time. But if you’re spending 2k on bottle service or you are best friends with the manager of the club or DJ, different rules apply.
Las Vegas Nightclub Dress Code for Women
The dress code for ladies in Vegas is much simpler than for guys. Generally speaking, the clubs are trying to let in as many women as they can (to a point) so they won’t really be looking for reasons to deny you at the door.
That being said, there are still a few articles of clothing that security frowns upon, even for ladies.
What Ladies Shouldn't Wear to the Nightclub
- Flip Flops/Slips
- Athletic Shoes/Sneakers
- Sports Apparel
- Excessively Ripped Denim
- See-through Clothing
When in doubt, imagine how you might dress attending a nice cocktail party or NYE event.
What Women Should Wear to the Nightclub
If you’re worried about your feet, many women will bring a spare pair of sandals in their purse which isn’t a bad idea. Some will take their shoes off once inside the club which is usually a no-no. Security will give you the stink eye for this and usually make you put your shoes back on.
Or, you might want to leave your large purse at home and opt for a smaller clutch bag. This will make it easier to hold on to your things and not get knocked around once the club starts getting busy.
In any case, on any given night out in Vegas, it’s a good idea to dress your best. You never know who you’re going to meet and first impressions are sometimes all you’ll have to go off of.
Time of Year
It’s important to point out that when considering how to dress in Vegas, you will need to take into account the time of year. While Las Vegas can be blisteringly hot in the summer, even at night, the winters are much colder sometimes falling below freezing.
Luckily, most venues during the winter months will offer a coat check so you won’t have to try to find a hiding place to stash your overcoat. Many will operate as cash only so be sure to bring a little with you to the club.
Whatever happens, you generally don’t want to argue with security. If they are telling you some article of clothing isn’t going to work, you may be able to try out sad puppy eyes or even offer a tip but if the verdict is “No” then that’s what it is. Asking to see a manager or verbally debating security and holding up other guests trying to get into the club is only going to make the staff mad.
Overdressing is generally a good strategy.
For guys, dress business casual and pay special attention to the shoes you’re going to wear. Dress shoes or nice loafers only.