If there’s one place in the world that knows how to go all out, it’s Vegas’ Strip. And the City Of Sin’s fashion scene is no less extravagant. It’s a place where quirky cowboy joints and all-American apparel shops rub shoulders against exclusive boutiques and luxury global brands, and where style-savvy tourists come to spend their winnings via mini gondolas and opulent, spiralled staircases.
But with so many malls lining the Strip, it’s hard to know where to start. To help tackle the dilemma, we’ve compiled a round-up of the best places to go – and where to stay, eat and drink in the process.
Where To Shop
For floral print shirts and brightly-coloured shorts, look no further than Seattle-based Tommy Bahama. Its store at The Forum takes you straight to the beach with exotic aromas and bright, bold pieces – from the peachy Boardwalk Breezer Shirt ($110) to the out-there Ikebana Floral Camp Shirt ($118), and everything in between.
Trawl through and you’ll find some subtler pieces, though; the reverse-printed Man’s Best Frond Crew Neck Sweater ($138) walks the line between casual and colourful, and you don’t have to be on a tropical beach to wear it – although after browsing the store, you’ll likely want to be.
Forum Shops, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd South, (702) 933-6888; tommybahama.com
You’ll know you’re in the heart of the Wild West when you walk into Boot Star, a rustic, lodge-style boutique where American flags and framed memorabilia sit beside old wooden chests and rugged benches.
You’ll find leather ankle boots – like the Old Gringo Hawk Zip Furia ($429), handmade in Mexico – alongside cross-body bags such as the Coronado Leather Americana Saddle ($599) and shirts like this 1950s Western Denim Shirt ($215) by Levi’s Vintage Clothing.
There are plenty of leather jackets too, although the spotlight is on the cowboy boots that line its shelves and come in every colour, style and pattern conceivable.
Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 632-0848; bootstaronline.com
Light and airy is the MO at LA-based James Perse, and its Vegas store exemplifies the ethos. Everything from the clothing down to the decor is happily understated – that’s everything bar the staff who, like most places in Vegas, are beaming with enthusiasm.
For summer suiting there’s the cream-coloured Cotton Linen Blazer ($525), while the End-on-End Linen Shirt ($175) will keep you looking and feeling cool under Nevada’s scorching sun. If it gets a bit chillier there’s always the Cotton Metal Twill Utility Jacket ($495) – ideal for layering and light enough to carry home unscathed.
3500 S Las Vegas S, (702) 693-5482; jamesperse.com
Blaring music and bright cityscape images of NYC greet you at Narcissistik, an urban boutique filled with ripped denim, graphic tees, casual hats and hi-top trainers.
Hudson, Sixth June, and Tanoli are staple names among its eclectic pieces, which include the Sixth June Vest Noir ($120) and this A Copy of Everything Sweater ($70) for those wanting to, quite literally, make a statement.
On the footwear front, it’s these Plus Footwear Metallic Trainers by Haze Lagoon ($289) that shine.
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South, (702) 854-9997; shopnarcissistik.com
It might be a global behemoth, but as the oldest men’s clothing retailer in the US, Brooks Brothers deserves some serious acclaim. And its mahogany-floored store at The Forum, filled with elegant wooden cabinets, does it proper justice.
And Vegas might be the only place where you can get away with wearing this rather fancy, look-at-me please Plaid With Ditsy Floral Print Reversible Bow Tie ($69.50). If you decide on a Vegas wedding, you can at least look like you planned it.
Forum Shops, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd South, (702) 369-0705; brooksbrothers.com
High ceilings, drop lighting and stylish graffiti create an industrial feel at skate-centric Zumiez, where old pictures and black-and-white murals adorn the walls, and rock music fills the rooms.
There are shoes by the likes of Vans, Nike SB and Converse, alongside all-American apparel like this JSLV Hooks Quilted Bomber Jacket ($54.97).
In amongst the hordes of tees you’ll find shirts like The Brixton Milton flannel ($64.95) and other easy-to-wear staples that are a little less hardcore than the rather distinctive shop design might first suggest.
Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 413-9648; zumiez.com
Where To Sleep
Nobu Hotel At Caesars Palace
In-room massages, a stunning pool, an on-site casino, a chandelier restaurant – designers Robert DeNiro and Chef Nobu knew what they were doing when they created this beautiful masterpiece. From $149 per night.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, (702) 785-6677; caesars.com/nobu-caesars-palace
Where To Eat
Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Juicy, sizeable steaks bursting with flavour and whole stone crabs straight from the Gulf of Mexico are the order of the day at Joe’s. And it’s all served in an airy, modern interior.
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (702) 792.9222; joes.net
Where To Caffeinate
You’ll find some of the best coffee on the Strip at Sambalatte, where beans from across the world are freshly roasted and served with pizzaz by the friendly baristas. Don’t miss the Nutella latte.
Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, 702.730.6789; sambalatte.com
Where To Drink
For hand-crafted drinks and Caribbean vibes, head to Rhumbar, a stylish cigar and cocktail lounge with a tropical outdoor patio that gets livelier as the night goes on. There’s also a $5 Happy Hour every afternoon – things can only escalate.
3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, (702) 792-7615; rhumbarlv.com