Look fabulous, darling, for a fun Las Vegas poolside party
It might seem odd that anyone would need to know how to dress for a Las Vegas pool party. You wear a suit, right? In Vegas, things are more complicated than that. Vegas' famous pool parties, known as day clubs, let you dance the day away poolside, but they enforce strict dress codes, just like nightclubs do. Showing up in the wrong garb means you'll never make it past the front door, but that doesn't mean you can't express your fashion style. Here's what you need to know.
Dress for the day-club vibe
Although most U.S. vacation destinations accept casual dress, Las Vegas is an exception to the rule. Vegas resorts strive to roll out a five-star experience and require patrons to dress the part. Before heading to a pool party, adopt the mindset that you're going to a daytime nightclub, not lounging by the pool. Do your hair and makeup and dress to the nines.
Keep it covered...at first
Getting to the pool party usually means walking in through a casino where Grandma's playing Wheel of Fortune slots or Grandpa is trying his luck at blackjack. All-day clubs require patrons to wear resort-appropriate dress when heading to or from the pool party. Men should wear board shorts and a collared resort-wear-type shirt such as a polo shirt or Hawaiian shirt. Some day clubs allow nice T-shirts if they don't have offensive print. Women should wear a swimsuit cover-up such as a sundress, a nice top and shorts or other modest attire that meets the establishment's general dress code. Once you're out in the pool area, you can strip down to your swimwear.
Enjoy the sun
Swimwear is a must at a Las Vegas pool party, but there's a dress code at the pool as well. Teeny bikinis and Speedos are certainly options, but keep it classy or you might be shown the door. G-strings, pasties, male mesh thongs, see-through swimwear and other overly-revealing pool attire is forbidden at most venues.
Shoes are crucial to your outfit. Although you'll see pictures of celebrities rocking stiletto heels poolside in Vegas, some clubs don't allow hard-soled shoes at all. You can still give your legs great definition wearing wedge sandals with a non-slip sole. Flat sandals in classy designs are perfectly acceptable, but pass on the dollar store flip-flops, or the bouncer might pass on letting you through. Most day clubs allow boat shoes for men along with sandals or upscale flip-flops, but others like Drai's Beachclub at the Cromwell disallow sandals for men altogether. Athletic shoes, sneakers and Jordans are prohibited at most day clubs.
What's not cool at the pool
While dress codes vary slightly from day club to day club, there are some things you just don't want to wear. Baggy clothing, torn clothing, cut-offs and chains top the list. Athletic wear is also taboo, be it yoga pants or your favorite team's jersey. Leave behind GoPros, cameras, smart glasses or any other wearable technology. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there, remember?
Although you're supposed to dress like you're going to a five-star nightclub experience during the day, don't overdo it. You'll likely get turned away if you show up in formalwear or any other type of wardrobe that doesn't fit into the resort poolside atmosphere the day club creates.
From plane to pool fabulous
Dedicate a small packing cube in your carry-on to your day-club resort wear. That way you can kick off your first afternoon in Vegas with flair. Many Vegas hotels will store guest's luggage prior to check-in. Change into your day club wear from your packing cube, stash your travel outfit in your baggage, check it in, stow your receipt where it won't get lost or damaged and enjoy the party.