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Laura Croft’s observations on men and women’s fashion in Las Vegas


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Las Vegas is truly the Entertainment Capital of the World. People from all over the globe travel here to experience all of the wonderful things this city has to offer. With that, they also bring a variety of fashion.

In this city, anything goes, which can be a good and bad thing fashion-wise. With the majority of people on the Strip being tourists who you’ll likely never see again, it is easier to take fashion risks, and this makes for some of the best people watching in the world.

With all of the great things to do here day and night, it’s fun to get dressed up and have a good time. One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is the pool party scene. You get to have as much fun as you would in a nightclub, wear next to nothing and have plenty of time to recover before the next day.

When you go to a pool party here, you’re not really going to swim. A swimsuit with flip-flops and a robe isn’t going to cut it, ladies. Guys have it easy; they can just throw on shorts, a T-shirt, shoes and sunglasses. We have a lot more coordinating! First, we must pick out a swimsuit, a matching cover-up and shoes, then do some hair and makeup. Big sunglasses help if you’ve had a rough night.

Vegas nightlife gets a little crazy, and depending on the club or party, so do the fashions. LMFAO-inspired Party Rock Mondays at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan is where I’ve seen the strangest get-ups. I don’t get what these people are doing, but it is fun to see them in their neon spandex and crazy glasses.

I’ve also noticed that guys are still wearing dress shirts and jeans with rhinestones on them and sunglasses in the club. Please stop! Rhinestones are for girls, and there is no sunlight in a nightclub. I’ve even noticed men wearing sunglasses at the gym. What the heck is wrong with them?!

Ladies, do not in any circumstances take off your shoes and walk barefoot in a nightclub or casino. I see this all the time, and it is disgusting. Who knows what is on those floors, your feet get filthy, and you look like a slob. I know that heels can hurt, but beauty comes with a little pain.

We are very lucky to have some of the best shopping in the world. Not just the high-end designers, but also some great affordable stores. TopShop/TopMan recently opened at Fashion Show mall; they’re from London and known for their high street fashion.

It’s women’s clothing, and also petite and tall, plus men’s. TopShop/TopMan provides personal shopping services for the ultimate retail experience. Just call (702) 866-0644 to book your appointment -- ask for Whitney Green, one of the most fashionable women in Las Vegas.

Whitney says the current trends are native for Coachella, laid-back concert feel and pageant princess for chic, classy and sophisticated girls. TopShop/TopMan also has a line of swimwear and a line called Surf Luxe for a fun, outdoors look. For ladies who like to be different, check out the Night Out line, which is very Vegas with bedazzles and sparkles.

Fashion Show also has my favorite store, Betsey Johnson, where I recently started working part time as a stylist. I love her clothing; it is fun and flirty without being trashy. I love the pretty colors she revealed for spring for daytime and nighttime. The swimwear is very cute and perfect for pool parties; the little skirted bottoms and bra tops don’t need a cover-up.

I love that Las Vegas is all about having fun. For the most part, wear whatever you want because most people aren’t going to look twice. But please keep your shoes on.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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