Casinos are probably more wide-spread today than ever. Pretty much every middle-sized town around the world has a casino where people can go to have fun, play games, eat and drink.
However, if you have never been to a casino, you might not know exactly what the dress code is or whether more casinos even have one. The only references you have a probably movies or Katy Perry videos, which portray slightly different version of what a casino is from what it is in reality.
And because casinos are not only places far away from home, here are some tips on how to dress when playing casino games at home and around the world:
If you are having a casino party at home, and use your own games, you might as well turn it into a big Gatsby costume party. Guys dressing up in black suits, women wearing little black dresses or long, red gowns with feathers in their hair, everyone playing slots on aligned laptops or tablets. Whatever works for you, do it!
Nowadays, you can even play casino games from home online, on websites such as Casino Midas for example or other online gaming websites, which don’t require much dressing up and can be just as fun. Playing games from home can actually be a fun activity; it can be done alone or with friends and can be accessed at any time of the day from any part of the world. And the best part is, you can even do it in your pajama!
Around the world
If you decide to go out and hit the town for a night at a casino, you should know a few things about how to dress up for it.
Fortunately, there is no one dress code that you have to follow or risk getting kicked out. The days when wearing a tuxedo was the norm are gone in most places of the world.
The dress code for casinos varies from place to place and is, of course, highly connected to the climate of the location. Wearing a tuxedo in Las Vegas can turn out to be quite a warm experience. Of course, this does not mean you can’t dress elegantly for a night out. If you want to have a great experience when going to a casino, following a few sartorial rules can help you enhance your experience and help you feel comfortable, which is a receipt for a good time.
In Las Vegas
Let’s begin with the epicenter of casinos: Las Vegas. Here, you can basically enter in any casino if you look clean. They allow people in shorts and t-shirts, given the fact that Nevada is situated in a very hot climate and that temperatures can go very high, especially during the summer months. Note that if you plan on eating at one of the more elegant restaurants, you should at least wear a pair of chinos and a casual, short- or long-sleeved shirt. In terms of shoes, we always recommend moccasins or loafers as a comfortable and stylish alternative to sneakers or espadrilles. In warm climates, if you are wearing shorts and a shirt, you can also wear sandals, but we don’t recommend wearing socks with your sandals!
You can follow these guides pretty much everywhere in North America, as their dress codes in casinos are quite relaxed. Usually they ban beachwear and gang colors but, otherwise, you should be fine.
In the UK
In the United Kingdom, there are two types of casinos: there is one category where you can go dressed according to the Vegas rules we mentioned above and there are is a category of casinos where you might be thrown out if you wear a tracksuit.
Many casinos in Great Britain have a “smart/casual” dress code. This basically means that if you have a t-shirt and long pants on (jeans accepted), you will be let in. Other casinos have a strict ban on football colors, as they don’t want anyone getting into brawls. Hooded tops also some of the things certain casinos won’t let you wear.
Many casinos in London and other UK cities as well are imposing a “smart” dress code for the evening. What this means is that you will need a jacket to use their machines and to play their games.
Our tip is that before you head out to make a call to the casino you are planning on spending your evening at and to check whether they have strict dress code or if certain items are unacceptable.
Other parts of Europe
Across other parts of Europe, you will find that the dress code in casinos is basically a mix between the UK code and the US one. Even in places such as Monte Carlo, they will ask you to dress appropriately for the setting, without imposing a strict code. Wearing anything that is too casual or that can instigate to conflict will usually not be accepted. In Europe, people might not be very happy if you turn up in a tracksuit, but they probably won’t throw you out.
Australians have a dress code that is similar to the one you will find in the UK. Here, you will find casinos that will let you play even if you are wearing shorts and a t-shirt, especially due to climate conditions, while others will require a minimum of formality. Usually, casinos based in resorts will be more open to casual wear, while stand-alone casinos will require you to wear a jacket.
While some places let people in who are dressed up in shorts and t-shirts, this does not mean that you need to wear bad clothes. We strongly recommend that you wear a well-fitting t-shirt or a polo shirt, a dress pair of pants (no cargos, please), and, why not, a belt and a watch.
Being casual does not mean being sloppy. Remember that your clothes speak a lot about you can influence your interactions with other people. It might sound strange, but being dressed appropriately and well can result in better fun than you would have had wearing a sloppy pair of pants and a pajama t-shirt.
Wearing a simple, yet stylish outfit is going to make a big difference.
Pair a well-fitting shirt with a pair of khakis or shorts and a pair of slip-ons and you are set to go.
A casual outfit can incorporate several colors, prints or patterns. Remember, the rule when it comes to mixing patterns is that they need to be of different sizes. As you can see in the picture, a bigger print can be matched to a small pattern, such as big print of the pants with the fine pattern of the shirt.
Dressy and sleek
Another option is to go for a dressier look and style up a dress shirt with a blazer and a pair of suede oxfords or brogues. Remember that there are several differences between dress shirts and casual shirts: dress shirts are usually more fitted, they touch your body and frame it right, while casual shirts are looser and usually feature more colorful patterns or prints. Another important factor that differentiates a dress shirt from a casual one is whether it has pockets or not. A dress shirt does not have any pockets, while a casual shirt usually has one. Shirts with two pockets are utilitarian shirts and should not be worn with dress pants, jackets or dress shoes.
A third option is to go for a classic black and white combo. You can either wear a nice white shirt or an elegant v-neck t-shirt. You can even put on a printed t-shirt that features a cool design. This outfit can be worn with a casual blazer made from cotton or velour.
Adding cool accessories is also a nice touch. Colorful socks, a great watch or a necklace are all ways of styling up an outfit and of expressing your personality through your appearance. Wearing accessories is an indicator of a person who pays attention to the details and who knows himself.
In the end, we can say that casinos these days are really great places to have wonderful time. However, if the classic casino dress code is not followed anymore, it doesn’t mean that you cannot dress as sharp as James Bond when you are playing some games.
Fraquoh and Franchomme
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