Remember a few months ago when I created different outfits for a Disney World trip as a fashion challenge with travel guru Kendra Thornton of Thornton PR? Well, I had the pleasure recently to do something similar once again, and I must say, it was definitely more difficult but even more fun this time around!
A few days ago, I was approached by the Content Director of vegas.com (basically your Bible to making the most out of your stay in Sin City Las Vegas) to curate several looks that would reflect how my style and outfit would transition throughout the day on a given stay at the Aria Resort & Casino.
One of the perks of living in Southern California is that Vegas is literally just a hop, skip, and drive away. Sure, it takes roughly 4 hours to get there, depending on traffic and your driving speed, but it’s considered close enough that Southern Californians, like myself, can go often enough. I’ve never stayed at the Aria before, but I’ve always admired the building and the overall sophisticated feel it exudes, so planning different outfits for a fantasy-stay at the resort was delightfully fun, since I believe the aura of Aria really matches my personal style. Read on to see what I came up with! Here’s something I had carefully considered while creating my lists: To make this more realistic for my readers, the collections I’ve curated below include both budget-friendly items and splurge-worthy ones too. Some I actually happen to have the pleasure of owning, and some I do so dearly covet!
Aria location picks: Therapy Pool, Hot Tubs
Personally, I like to hit the pool before lunchtime, because this time of day is the one time I don’t have to worry about any mini-food babies. It’s also refreshing to start the day off with bright colors and by soaking in some Vitamin D. But that being said, it’s essential to have some good, strong sun protection. A floppy hat, fun sunglasses, fruit-scented sunscreen spray, and even a unique beach towel act as a stylish but effective defense against the sun’s harmful rays.
Lunch. Brunch. Bottomless mimosas. Whatever you want to call it, this time of eating in the middle of the day calls for some happy dressing. And by that, I mean bright colors and flowy fabrics. Casual but cute. It doesn’t matter if I’m gourmet dining at Lemongrass or grabbing a panini to go at The Roasted Bean, an eye-catching chiffon maxi skirt is a key piece to have in my suitcase. Pair it with a basic tank underneath a denim vest and add some height with neutral wedges, and I have the daytime sartorial elegance down. Pastel accessories, floral yet fruity perfume, and a structured satchel add extra charm to the overall look.
Aria location picks: The Shops at Crystals
I don’t know about you, but I like to be comfortable yet chic when I go shopping. It makes all that walking and trips to the fitting rooms so much more easier. I love the pairing of a chambray shirt with black shorts – not only do the blue and the black just complement each other so well but also the laidback vibe of the chambray shirt balances out the seriousness of a pair of black shorts. The structured yet casual Mansur Gavriel bucket bag additionally adds a certain style credibility and charm to the outfit. A lot of walking is involved, so comfortable flats that will elevate my style rather than bog it down (certain flats will add frumpiness to an outfit!) are essential. I’m also always one to enjoy snapping photos of memorable moments and pretty sights and sometimes, my phone camera just doesn’t capture the image as great as I would like it to, so a good but lightweight camera (the Sony NEX-5 is pictured above) is ideal. After all, this is Vegas, and anything can happen!
Sometimes, I just want to fully channel my girly side, and dinner at one of Aria’s fancy restaurants is the perfect place to do so. I’m in love with this Robbi & Nikki fit-and-flare dress. By hugging the bodice and flaring out into an A-line skirt, the flattering silhouette looks super flirty, and the color contrast on the front creates a slimming effect. Pair it with a small, structured white crossbody, neutral-tone jewelry, and ankle-strap pumps, then finish it off with a spritz of alluring floral scent for a sexy feminine dinner look.
Aria location picks: Cirque du Soleil Zarkana
This has become one of my all-time favorite outfits for anything, mainly because it’s 90% all black and 100% versatile – you can wear this everyday for any occasion! It’s certainly a switch-up from the dinner outfit, and it’s stylishly fitting for a show such as Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana. Coated jeans make black denim look all the more edgy and formal, and it becomes even more chic (if that’s possible!) when paired with a leather-lined structured blazer and sleek heeled ankle boots.
I don’t know why, but when I think of hitting up bars, the following words come to mind: dark, sensual, Vesper (from 007: Casino Royale). Bars don’t have to be rowdy and messy. Just take a look at Aria’s Lift Bar and City Bar. Both ooze a mix of mystery and refinement. For places like these, a sexy but classy outfit is in order, and I can’t think of a better LBD than this body-hugging cutout dress. A sliver of skin against an all-black dress… it will have heads turning for sure. Layer it with a tough leather moto jacket and gold accessories for an edgier look. And lastly, for a dress like this, a simple pump is called for, but why not dazzle up a classic pump while you’re at it with all the gold jewelry?
Aria location picks: Haze Nightclub
From what I’ve seen, clubbing attire, especially in Vegas, has somehow become skewed over the years. These days, it seems like the appropriate attire motto is: the trashier you look, the better you look. I kid you not – when I go to Vegas and take a look at fellow clubbers, I notice that the general trend has become centered on wearing as tight and little as possible without going fully Rated R. Regardless of said trend, I still like to keep things classy while having fun dancing. This bandage dress, with its metallic sparkle, shows off the right curves without exposing too much unnecessary skin. The caged heels from Sam Edelman (which has some of the most comfortable footwear) add a chic fierce contrast to the strapless dress and balances out the metallic color, which look best with gunmetal and/or black accessories.
Aria location picks: City View Sky Suite (hooray for private entrances!)
After an eventful day in Las Vegas, there’s nothing I would rather do than to change into my PJs and take off all of my makeup to unwind a bit before bedtime. I’m not one to splurge on pajamas – my sleepwear uniform is basically loose tee and shorts (or sweatpants in the winter) – but I don’t believe in skimping out on caring for your skin! Also, I swear by Lush Cosmetics’ bath bombs. There’s just something about taking a bath with one that rejuvenates even the most sore leg muscles and relaxes your body and mind!
And there we have it: Eight outfits for a full day at the Aria Resort and Casino at Las Vegas! I hope you like my picks as much as I do. This whole project took a few days, but I worked on it happily and feel rather accomplished with the outcome because each piece that went into each outfit was carefully selected by me. It was quite the process deciding my specific vision for each part of the day and then going on to find actual pieces that matched what I had pictured in my head, but I love a project that forces me to stretch my creativity! I only hope that these looks will inspire you next time you plan a trip like this.