How my Las Vegas travel wardrobe worked out

Ok, so I might have overpacked a little bit when I put together this Las Vegas travel wardrobe. 😆 But I was happy with what I did wear, and would definitely pack some of the same items again for other destinations.

What to pack for Las Vegas in October: fall travel wardrobe with lightweight layers.

What I packed vs. what I wore

You can find details on what I packed HERE. Everything fit into a carry-on sized bag, except for my toiletries kit, which went in a tote. We did a lot of walking around, some shopping, and had nice dinners each of the four nights. The weather wasn’t as hot during the daytime as had been forecast.

Because we were there to celebrate le Monsieur’s birthday, I spent less time online, and (mostly) gave him a break from photographer duty. 😉

I wore variations on this combo most nights, though we didn’t take photos.

Las Vegas travel outfits: what I wore for evenings out.
  1. Camel jacket + brown blouse + dark brown corduroys (similar) + loafers
  2. Ivory jacket + leopard blouse + tan corduroys + sneakers (similar)
  3. Camel jacket + brown blouse + jeans + loafers

During the daytime, I wore either the blue or off-white jeans (similar), and the striped tee, or the knit vest* + tan jacket* (similar). It was chilly indoors with the air-conditioning, but with lightweight layers I was comfortable. (*These were my Wild Card picks, not shown in the original travel wardrobe layout.)

I always felt appropriately dressed. A LOT of people were dressed (much) more casually than we were, even at dinner. Though I did see a few women in sparkly cocktail dresses and heels. The bottom line for Las Vegas seems to be: wear what you like & what makes you feel good. If you like dressing up, go for it. If not, no worries.

So let’s break it down:


  • Jeans, and both pairs of corduroy pants. I was quite happy with all of these.
  • Both jackets. Was nice to have the variety, and they were easy to style.
  • The silk blouses (dark brown + leopard). These were perfect to wear out at night with the jackets.
  • Snazzy sneakers (similar). I wore these most days and one of evenings.
  • French Kande necklaces, here and here. Got lots of compliments on these!

Supporting player

  • Tan jacket (similar). Was good for casual daytime wear.


  • Leopard cardigan.
  • Ivory tee
  • Pleated shell
  • Print camp shirt

Wish I’d brought…

We mostly did mask up when we were indoors, but the vast majority of people were unmasked. We’d both had our covalent boosters about 4 weeks prior. We’ve tested a couple of times since coming home just to be sure and have been negative.

Las Vegas travel report: staying, eating, playing…

I’ll freely admit that Las Vegas isn’t my first choice for travel, but I always do enjoy myself until the sensory overload kicks in about day 3-4. 🤪


This time, we tried out Vdara, which is right behind the Aria on the Strip. It’s centrally located, so we can walk almost anywhere on the Strip (or take free trams). It was originally built as condos/timeshares, so our “room” was a small suite with a kitchenette.

It was a comfortable space, but a bit “bare bones.” Weird things, like no towel racks, no plates or utensils in the kitchenette, and almost nothing on the walls. I’d brought my Nespresso machine with me, thank goodness! But it did have an excellent view, especially at night…

View of Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas at night from Vdara hotel room.

They do have a spa, but I didn’t book anything.


Doug and Susan ready for dinner at Lago, at Bellagio, Las Vegas.
At Lago, where we had a great view of the fountains!

We went back to two restaurants we’d enjoyed on past trips, Lago (at Bellagio) and Bardot (at Aria). Both were OK, but had reduced their menus somewhat. And Bardot was so packed, loud and frenetic, we couldn’t carry on a conversation.

We tried two new places, however, and I recommend both highly. One is Blossom at the Aria which is mostly Chinese (some other Asian dishes too). The food and service were both outstanding! We would definitely go back. And it was quiet enough that we could easily converse.

The other was Amalfi at Caesar’s. It’s seafood-focused, though there are other items on the menu. Everything was delicious and the service was friendly & attentive. We’d put this one on our visit-again list.


We didn’t spend a lot of time in the casinos, and mostly stuck to the cheap slots when we did play. I won about $300 the first night on the penny slots, and slowly lost it over the next few days. Here’s a tip if you don’t like the smoke: the Park MGM is a completely smoke-free environment, including the casino floor. So we tended to go there to play.

We didn’t wander too far this time, but one of my favorite spots was right next door…the Conservatory at the Bellagio, which is always spectacular.

Fall decorations at Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas: glass cornucopia with winged figure hovering above.
Fall decorations at Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas: giant acorns in front of fountain.
Fall decorations at Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas: fountain and floral displays.
Giant pumpkin at Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas.

We didn’t go to any shows this time, but of the ones we’ve seen before, “Absinthe” and “O” are the two I’d recommend.

The other thing we noticed that’s different from pre-Covid days is that shops aren’t open as many hours as they used to be, and a lot of restaurants (except food courts & counters) seem to close in between lunch and dinner. We wandered around for about an hour one day trying to find something open where we could sit down for a late lunch.

Overall, it was a nice getaway.

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  1. Looks like a great trip. I just got back from a month in Turkey. I only took one pair navy pants, navy capris, 2 dresses, 2 sleeveless tops, 2 mid sleeve tops, navy jacket, navy sweater. It was warmer then I expected so I wish I had brought two short sleeved tops and left the mid sleeve length home. I really had plenty of clothes, just could not wear one of the dresses in SE Turkey because that area is much more conservative then the second part of the trip which was the Turqoise coast. My next trip is a Christmas river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel in late November. It is only a couple of weeks long but I am expecting cool weather.

  2. Thanks for all the beautiful photos of the Conservatory. Somehow I missed that on my one and only visit to Vegas on a 3 day business trip.
    You frequently wear French Kande pieces and for the most part they don’t appeal to me. But I have been looking for a longer necklace and the pearl and chain necklace caught my eye. The web site states that it is 42″ Did you shorten it?

  3. My In-Laws were big Vegas fans. They drove from Pittsburgh to Vegas every Summer. Many pairs of sunglasses, left in the car, were sacrificed! They did fly when they were older. MIL packed three or four large suitcases and needed the large car to transport all her clothes. For me, travel wardrobes are always a conundrum. I usually over pack as well, but posts like this, are teaching me how to be more efficient with my choices. On my last European trip I did much better. Shoes for me are likely the biggest question. Your photo’s are lovely, thanks for sharing.

  4. I love this post! I like knowing what were your MVP’s, what you wished you had and what you didn’t need to bring. Fantastic!

  5. Thank you for visiting Las Vegas, my town. Looks like a nice visit. As locals, we don’t go to the Strip, except for specific occasion. We leave this for the guests of our town. I agree and unfortunately Las Vegas has become casual and too casual for me in the evening. But tourists seem to dress how they want to be comfortable. I want to try Bobby Flay’s new Amalfi restaurant. Thanks for your visit.

  6. Great outfits Susan!! I’m sure you’ve mentioned before…but…what size did you get in the jacket? I’ve never gotten anything from Cinq a Sept before.

      1. Thank you Susan! I wondered about the AG corduroy prima jeans as well. I’m thinking I might have to go up a size–did you take your normal size?

  7. I was in Vegas in June 2018 for a singing teachers conference, and my room was close to the casino. To get to the conference center, I had to walk through the casino, and the cigarette smoke was horrible. After a day or so, I found another route above the casino, which was still smoky, but I wasn’t in the thick of it (as it were). I still buried my face in one of the scarves I wore everywhere (since conference centers are always freezing).

    I guess this is a situation where a mask would be a good thing…

    1. I should have mentioned in the post, but Vdara has no casino, and all of the public areas (indoors) in their facility are non-smoking.

  8. Yay to you for bringing your Nespresso machine! I cart around mine on driving trips and it is ALWAYS worth the hassle.

    How nice to see a photo of your husband. Happy birthday to him!

    Seems like a great trip — I’m wowed by the conservatory.

  9. Your trip recaps are my favorite posts. The last item caught my eye. It’s easy to overlook packing something that is comfortable for lounging at the end of the day. I have a lightweight black fleece zip-up jacket that is my jack of all trades. It’s comfortable indoors, outdoors, restaurant or hotel room — and perfect on an airplane. I haven’t taken a trip in 20 years without it. You don’t seem to have much fleece, but maybe a knit jacket would have been a better wild card than a third structured blazer.

  10. I wish you would stop putting up images with those Clergerie shoes as all I can think about. LOL! Champagne tastes and beer budget here, unfortunately. If you ever find something that looks just like them and also comfortable for walking but under $150, please post! I know I am asking the impossible but have looked on lots of sites with no luck. They are just so darn cool.

      1. It’s those rubber soles that I adore so just will wait until they go on sale at 80% off. LOL! Thanks for the suggestion anyway and love following you.

        1. Kathy – have you ever tried They often have Clergerie on a steep discount. Not all sizes, but might be worth a look for you.

      2. It’s all to much for me to many flowers and bright lights I’d rather stay home.
        I guess it’s a paradise for some!

  11. My MVP for travel is a cashmere topper/poncho/wrap for those unexpected chilly environments or lounging in the evening. No structure, just comfort.

  12. Lovely photos, Susan. And a lovely travel wardrobe. Quick question: that ivory blazer is a true Ivory? I know every monitor looks different, but on both my computers and my phone it looks more like a pure white. Thanks! Those caramel cords are delicious.

    1. Hi Bernice, thanks! I’d call it a soft white. It’s slightly warmer than a pure white, but not as yellowed as an ivory.

  13. I always love your travel recaps. I’ve learned a lot about packing from you. I agree with the need for something comfortable to lounge in, though. I always bring my Zella joggers and Vuori zip-front jacket when I travel. They are very comfortable but still look neat on travel days and are great for lounging around in the hotel room when we need a little downtime. I also keep a pair of Isotoner slippers and a pair of cozy ankle socks in my suitcase to slip on while I’m in the room. My feet are always cold!

  14. For anyone who wants to see more of Chihuly’s glass artistry, Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass is magical (and quieter).