We have covered what not to wear, so it is only fitting that we should cover what to wear. Everyone always asks me where I get my clothing and that I should do more fashion posts, but I don't want to get backlash that I am materialistic, only concerned with clothes, or a vintage clothing snob, so I normally refrain from talking about it. But, since you asked for it, here it is! The Rockabilly Socialite's Viva Las Vegas Fashion Guide.
Style is very individual, but there are certain things that are fashionable every year at Viva Las Vegas, so I will mention a few of them here for the first timers who are looking for inspiration. I tried to include pics of me wearing the items that I am talking about, but apparently I don't get many pictures of myself at Viva, mostly just other people.
When in doubt, wear a vintage cotton dress. Vintage sundresses can be found easily and at good prices just about anywhere. You will find them in every size, color, pattern and print imaginable. Wear them with a pair of flats and you are ready for just about anything.
Shorts are always fun! Vintage shorts, top, hat and fish purse
This is how a rockabilly socialite does polka dots! Take a "dont" and make it a "do"!
Vintage pink and white gingham dress with matching bollero (not shown)
See, I have no pics of myself because I am always so busy dancing!
Vintage yellow sun dress on me, and fan-freakin-tastic vintage sarong on Alana.
Vintage hat, gloves, heels and lucite purse really make this vintage cocktail dress seem fancy!
My favorite outfit of all time! Vintage novelty rooster print playsuit with matching skirt.
In the end, the best thing you can wear is a smile. Even if you have the best outfit in the world, if you are sitting in a corner with a frown, no one will look twice. On the flip side, if you are dancing, singing along with the band, and being a social butterfly, you could be wearing a potato sack and no one would care. Remember, confidence looks great on everyone! So wear what you feel good in and have a good time!
Since Dollie first told me she would be doing a fashion week I knew it was inevitable that she would also want me to do, as she would say, “a boy version.” So if we are talking about fashions for the men folk we are going to need to re-title this blog. How about “The Rockabilly Playboy?” Done, nailed it, so long Dollie! ..of course I will need to eventually do something about all this pink.
For the most part, I think the ladies do a great job while at Viva. Women, in general I find, don’t really need much of an excuse to get slickered up. Modern men however wouldn’t know a proper occasion if it slapped ‘em upside the head! You would think that an event such as Viva Las Vegas would bring out the best in your average feller but the amount of lazily dressed guys at Viva far outnumbers the fancy women.
Let me preface all this here; I am friends with a lot of people at Viva from many of the different cliques and I’m not trying to disparage anyone with mean remarks. I’m having fun here and taking some pokes at all manner of Viva patrons. - You’ll notice several distinct groups of badly dressed guys while at Viva. There’s some I call the black shirt-abillys. All these guys wear are black band/car tees and cuffed jeans. Usually accessorized with wallet chains, converse all stars, and bad tattoos. Then, there are the fellers that like to wear a Pendleton with everything. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Pendletons but this is Viva! Unless it’s cold, leave it at home. And then there’s my favorites, the guys in wife-slappers and jeans. Sigh, where to start, maybe with a shirt perhaps? You’ll mostly see these guys in large herds lined up at the bars in what’s known as tough guy alley. Often they’ll be wearing a bandana, sunglasses, ..and bad tattoos. Gentleman, you don’t want to come off as a rock-a-bully.
Here are some brief examples that will help you to not look rock-a-silly, like these guys.
Pfft, totally lame-o!
If there’s one time of the day that it’s acceptable to go the relaxed route it would definitely be daytime. Guys if you really must wear those old jeans then this is the time to do it. If you do wear jeans I would recommend some of the repro buckleback Levis that can be found fairly easily. However, it's still not very difficult to just throw on a pair of slacks and a nice short sleeve button up. I usually wear slacks and dress shoes to the car show but again jeans here are totally appropriate. For the pool party I recommend either a nice Hawaiian or cabana style shirt. Get vintage swim trunks if you feel confident sporting your white legs or just a plain pair of board shorts will do. Don’t wear sensitive stuff to the pool, I hate hearing people complain that their vintage got wet! Duh!
Vintage cotton shirt, rayon slacks, and cap-toe shoes.
.......The girls will swoon
Pool party outfit: New brown board shorts, with a vintage cabana shirt, and a boot margarita
So there you have it, a rough outline of manly fashions at Viva. Gentleman, the ladies put a lot of work into their appearances at Viva and some even get complexes over it. The least you can do is reciprocate some of their efforts. I spend most of the year dressed in clothes only a few steps above beach bum level, but at Viva Las Vegas you can bet I know my occasion.
I hope you enjoyed our VLV Fashion Guide!