Ladies Nightlife Fashion 101


Chelsey de Leon

Attention women of Las Vegas: Step away from the sequins. Las Vegas native, fashion consultant, stylist, model and blogger Chelsey de Leon of shows us how to hit the Strip in style, while turning up the dial on class and comfort with just a few essential, up-to-the-minute fashion tips.

Is there a rule of thumb for how many articles of sequined/bedazzled items of clothing a person should wear at one time?
No one likes to stare at a blinding disco ball.
Keep it to one sequined item and accent around it. Less is always more.

What’s the best thing to wear for getting noticed at the velvet ropes (without looking like a total skank)?
Simply put yourself together in an effortless, true-to-you way. Keep it natural and cool, and don’t give it all away by wearing the most revealing thing you own. Try a sexy jumpsuit, pair it was some dainty heels, and a killer statement necklace. Add
a pop of lip, throw on a cute fedora—meow.

It’s a million degrees outside waiting in the valet line, but it’s freezing indoors. Do you have any layering tips?
The classic black blazer: light enough to wear outside, warm enough to fight off over-air conditioning in the club.

It’s going to be a long night of walking and dancing. I want to look sexy, but I don’t want to end up with bloody feet. Ideas?
First and foremost, sexy is being confident and comfortable in your own shoes, literally. Remember this and I promise you will never be seen walking out of a casino barefoot. If you aren’t sure if a pair of heels is going to kill your feet, bring a folding pair of flats in your clutch. And some Band-Aids!

Can you share your on-Strip go-to spot for after-dark fashion emergencies?
Scoop NYC in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. They’re open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

What’s the local fashionista’s must-have for this season?
The ultimate clutch/handbag. Every girl needs one to define their own style and personality. Fringe, studs or a bright splash of color, it’s the perfect way to polish off any outfit. Check out Street Level Handbags, carried at Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom.

Stiletto nails: Hot or not?
Not. They had their glory moment. On to the next nail trend, please.

Reveal one secret to looking great that models know but that we “regular” girls don’t.
Here’s a cool makeup trick I learned: Try white or nude eyeliner on your lower eyelid for eyes that pop. And coconut oil. Everywhere. I’m not kidding. It’s the Holy Grail.

What single item must you absolutely have for a night out on the Strip?
My vintage rings. Weird, I know, but if I don’t have my best accessories on, something isn’t right!

Name three Las Vegas trends that must die—and soon.
Fake eyelashes, tacky bedazzled manicures and sequins for every occasion.

What are your favorite local, under-the-radar boutiques?
Coterie: You walk in and instantly feel like you stumbled onto a secret gem. They carry some one-of-a-kind brands that you can’t find anywhere else in Vegas, plus the staff is always so much fun. Filthy Mouth Clothing, found online at Local designer with the right idea in mind. Environmentally conscious fabrics and handmade pieces that are to die for. The Sienna Jumpsuit is my favorite. Scoop NYC: Right at your fingertips, modern contemporary brands in a boutique setting. Their on-trend, personal shoppers can locate and ship items directly to your house!

Dispel a fashion myth.
That Las Vegas’ locals don’t know fashion! I was born and bred in this city. I have style, I know fashion beyond the Vegas borders, and I am surrounded by individuals who are very inspiring with style themselves.