Q. I will be celebrating my upcoming 24th birthday by going on a weekend trip to Las Vegas with my girlfriends. I normally dress in a very preppy manner and need help finding pieces that are more appropriate for Vegas as opposed to Connecticut. I must admit that I am the conservative dresser within my group of friends and would like to look stylish, trendy, and young for once so I can fit in with my girls in Sin City.
-Sin City STyle
A. Since it’s only a weekend, you won’t need much to add a little sass to your preppy wardrobe. Though “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” you are going with friends who will remember and won’t hesitate to remind you. So be aware of any behavior that you may regret later.
For day, cute colorful skirts and tops work just fine, and you probably already have these in your wardrobe. And of course, a bathing suit for lying by the pool. What you need help with is your party attire for going to a show or playing blackjack. Pack your dark jeans and add a sultry top with details like sequins or something that fits your body and shows just a hint of skin like a bare shoulder. I’m sure I don’t have to even say this to you, but here goes: no midriff-baring tops.
Then add a fun cocktail dress and heels. Not the kind of dress you’d wear to a wedding, but a fun jersey mini dress or tunic style. Bring along a medium to high heel sandal or wedge and you can wear the same heels with both the dress and the dark jeans and top. Add a jacket, since it gets cold in the desert and those hotel casinos are always air conditioned to keep you awake and gambling.
Some dress picks to give you inspiration:
left to right: Lux Printed Deep V Kimono Dress, $58 at urbanoutfitters.com; Lux Flutter Sleeve Dress, $58 at urbanoutfitters.com; Solid Egyptian cotton boatneck dress, $98 at jcrew.com
some sexy tops to pair with a jacket or cardigan and dark slim jeans with heels:
left to right: Bow Detail Halter Top, $48 at ardenb.com; One Shoulder Trapeze Top, $58 at ardenb.com; Grosgrain Cross Back Strap Camisole, $59.99 (sale) at armaniexchange.com
some cropped jackets and cardigans to layer over your top or dress:
left to right: Lux Cropped Dolman Jacket, $48 at urbanoutfitters.com; Empire Waist Tie Front Jacket, $128 at ardenb.com; Soft Side Cardigan, $148 at kennethcole.com