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I'm going to Vegas for thanksgiving with my in-laws (long story) and we're doing a whole slate of shows and probably going to few nicer restaurants. Is it necessary to bring pants beyond a nice pair of jeans if they were worn to the nicer places with nice shoes, sportscoat, shirt, possibly tie? Or could I run into dress code problems along the way?

This also leads to a second, more general question: I like the look of dark jeans with a nice shirt and jacket when I'm in a trendier or more urban setting but sometimes find it runs afoul of the dress code at a stop on the agenda. I find that a sports coat worn with khakis or grey flannels looks a little hokey, especially in a place like New York, in the winter. Barring moving up to a full suit, which is over-dress most places these days, what are some good trouser choices that won't betray my roob-ness (where I live, I have no such problems as jacket+ cords/khakis/grey flannes are what most people wear)?

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I don't think there is anything wrong with wearing khakis or grey trousers. If you are going for the trendy look, there are plenty of khakis and dress trousers in GQ or Esquire every month. Just make sure you get a good, trimmer fitting pair and not some double pleated Dockers. I saw the new Bond movie yesterday, and he was wearing khakis in 2 scene. If it's good enough for James Bond, it's good enough for you.
 

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I would also suggest looking at your local Banana Republic's display window. They usually have both casual and dressier ensembles in the vein of 'dark jeans w/jacket.' Prices are decent (especially on sale/clearance) and quality is good enough to last a couple of seasons by which time you'll either have outgrown this look or the definition of "cool" will have changed enough to require a new outfit.
 

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I saw the new Bond movie yesterday, and he was wearing khakis in 2 scene. If it's good enough for James Bond, it's good enough for you.
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I'll actually be in Vegas this year at Thanksgiving also, 2nd year in a row. Couple points just in case you weren't aware --

-- it's pretty cool this time of year, in the 60's for highs, 40's at night.
-- the strip is dead on Thanksgiving weekend. Almost all the nightclubs are closed, casino's are empty. Not sure about the shows, but definitely check in advance. With the economy the way it is now, I'm guessing it might be even quieter this year.
-- Jeans are acceptable in 95% of the locations. I prefer to dress up a bit more in Vegas just for the fun of it, but you should be okay in most spots.
 

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This also leads to a second, more general question: I like the look of dark jeans with a nice shirt and jacket when I'm in a trendier or more urban setting but sometimes find it runs afoul of the dress code at a stop on the agenda. I find that a sports coat worn with khakis or grey flannels looks a little hokey, especially in a place like New York, in the winter. Barring moving up to a full suit, which is over-dress most places these days, what are some good trouser choices that won't betray my roob-ness (where I live, I have no such problems as jacket+ cords/khakis/grey flannes are what most people wear)?
I'd consider a tie more out of place than a suit. I tend to sense so much animosity from people when I am wearing a necktie. Remember, when in doubt, dress up! So, you should reconsider wearing a suit, I think. For example: suit and polo shirt, belt and shoes. You might adapt the polo shirt with khakis and a sports coat, but that might be too casual. Also, your dress depends on how the company you're with dresses.
 

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I'd consider a tie more out of place than a suit. I tend to sense so much animosity from people when I am wearing a necktie. Remember, when in doubt, dress up! So, you should reconsider wearing a suit, I think. For example: suit and polo shirt, belt and shoes. You might adapt the polo shirt with khakis and a sports coat, but that might be too casual. Also, your dress depends on how the company you're with dresses.
I loathe the suit without tie look. Frankly, I hate being sans tie though.
 

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I'd consider a tie more out of place than a suit. I tend to sense so much animosity from people when I am wearing a necktie. Remember, when in doubt, dress up!
I was in Vegas a few years ago on business. During my down time, I walked around the strip, hit a few casinos, grabbed lunch, all by myself and in suit and tie. I was about 23 at the time and got the most amazingly positive responses from women. They loved the tie and the fact I was dressed unlike most of the shlub tourists.

Moral of the story, dress nice and you can have a lot of fun in Vegas :devil:
 

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From my experience nice looking dark jeans, a nice shirt with maybe a sweater and a sport coat will be acceptable for 95+% of the places you'll go to in Vegas. If there is a chance that this look won't be acceptable for one of your stops, then I'd say opt for a pair of charcoal trousers.

I'd also recommend that you coordinate your dress with the other people in your party. Aim to equal their dress, don't be the one who is over or under dressed for the group.
 

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Thanks for all the input gents (and my apologies for apparently attracting an advert troll). I'll be with my in-laws so attracting women won't be the goal on this trip. They're also pretty casual. Since the consensus seems to be that very few places wouldn't allow the otherwise well-dressed jeans clad gent admission, can anyone name one or two? It sounds like there wouldn't be more than a few and if they're not on the agenda, I'll be safe. Thanks again for all your help.
 

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I just have to post this every once and a while ....

so people will know how I feel about Jeans. The sign in Donald Trump's club in Palm Beach, FL. reads: Jeans are not permitted in this club, no matter what their color. Jeans are for going to the car wash, not for dining except for McDonalds carry out orders.
 

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I,too,recall being in Vegas in my early twenties.I forget what I was wearing,but,I remember the women were very welcoming and concerned about my welfare and many volunteered to help, if I was looking for a real good time. I guess they found my Boston accent intersting.
 

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Nobody mentioned the Rat Pack, Michael Corleone or Elvis.
My visits to LV were in the last years of the old casinos.
Through my friend's dad, art director for the T.V. series of taht name, I stayed at his second home there. His leasing agent while away was leiko English, onetime Playboy Cenerfold.
I met Leiko and had dinner a few times with her.
jacket and tie made a difference then, may still do so.
 
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