Thanks to the advent of online casino gaming, the notion of getting glammed up for a night at the tables has become somewhat obsolete. If you’ve grown up in the virtual worlds of Casumo, LeoVegas et al, you probably won’t have an answer to the question of what to wear to a brick-and-mortar place. Similarly, if you’re a complete newbie to the betting world, knowing which outfit to pull from your wardrobe won’t be easy.
The days when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davies Junior and the rest of the Las Vegas glitterati were making casino gaming look slick have long since passed and the rules are a lot more relaxed than they used to be back in the 60s when the famous faces of the Rat Pack and Elvis were setting the trend. Today, through a combination of more relaxed entry requirements and the do-as-you-will nature of iGaming, people now have the freedom to wear almost anything they like inside a casino.
But there are still some fashion tips you need to know before you set foot in your local joint. Now, before you assume this is just another style rundown à la GQ Magazine, hear us out. Basically, when it comes to the question of what to wear to the casino in 2017 and beyond, the real answer lies in your intent and location. Depending on where you’re going to ante-up and what the occasion is, the clothes you wear can change.
In the following list, we’ve picked out some of the most common locations and occasions and tried to match some style suggestions to each:
Your UK Local
For many, a local casino in the UK will be the first port of call. In days gone by, most people visiting a casino were there to gamble. This made it something of a serious but not especially stylish place to be. Indeed, before UK casinos stopped requiring patrons to become members in the mid-noughties, venues mainly asked that you didn’t wear shorts, vests or hooded tops. In some instances, you weren’t allowed to wear trainers.
Today, however, UK live casinos have an open-door policy. This means that anyone over the age of 18 can enter without being a member. You can wear almost anything you like, as long as it’s not offensive or deliberately provocative. In summer, most casinos will allow you to wear shorts and even hooded tops aren’t an issue. In tandem with this shift, UK casinos have also become more like Vegas venues.
From food and drinks to stage shows, music and more, many UK casinos have now become all-singing, all-dancing hubs. More people now use casinos as a place to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a night out with friends. In these instances, shirts, smart trousers, dresses and heels have become the norm. Put simply, anything you’d wear for a night out on the town will now look on point in a modern casino.
The Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas is regarded as the home of gambling, with anyone aged over 21 able to join in on the action. As the casinos are surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars and hotel rooms, there really isn’t much in the way of restriction when it comes to gaming attire. Sure, if you tried to play blackjack at the Bellagio with nothing but a pair of swimming trunks on you might get asked to leave.
However, the reality is that most casinos in Vegas are tolerant of any style of clothing. This is what makes Las Vegas great. On any given gaming table you might find a local wearing casual jeans and a polo shirt, a tourist wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a business traveller suited and booted in a snappy sports jacket.
There are so many other activities going on around the gaming tables that you can dress according to your plans. If you’re placing some bets before hitting the club, skinny jeans or a mini dress will work. If you’re heading to a fancy dinner, a floor-length dress with heels and a suit are in order. In short, if you’re planning what to wear to the casino in Vegas, base your outfit on your plans immediately before or after your session.
Casino Monte Carlo
If there’s one casino in the world with a strict dress code, it’s Casino Monte Carlo. The epitome of excellence and exuberance, this venue is steeped in history and still caters to the very wealthiest gamblers. It’s little wonder that there's a formal dress code in place. In order to preserve its 150 year history, various sections of the casino have different dress codes at different times of the day:
- The Atrium from 9am onwards and the Salle Renaissance from 2pm onwards request “appropriate casual attire”.
- Salle Europe between 2pm and 7pm won't permit ripped or stonewashed jeans, sleeveless t-shirts, tracksuits, sports clothing, shorts, beachwear, sandals and flip-flops for gentlemen, or large trainers. Dark jeans and dark sport or smart-casual shoes will be tolerated, while jackets or blazers are recommended for gentlemen.
So, there you have it. Unless you’re planning a trip to Casino Monte Carlo, you can now wear almost anything you want. As modern venues attract a range of patrons, the main thing you need to remember is that your attire should match the occasion. If it’s a birthday, dress up. If it’s a quick session during the day, head into it a bit more comfortable. Stick to these rules and you’ll not go far wrong in the casino fashion stakes!