There is one thing that you need to do before you head to any casino in any place in the world and that’s check the dress code.
There is no bigger embarrassment than being turned away from a casino because you’re too casual.
Well that’s a lie, there is actually a bigger embarrassment and that’s turning up to a casino dressed to kill whilst the rest of the clientele are swaggering around in jeans and hoodies.
If you’ve never suffered that embarrassment then just trust us because we have! But who wants to go to a casual only casino anyway? Surely the whole point of going to a casino is to dress up in your most spectacular clothes?
If you feel the same way as us then you’re in for a treat because below is your complete guide to dressing the part in an upmarket casino.
The sparkles and sequins look
Now this look is very casino specific and when we say that we’re referring to every casino in Las Vegas and every casino in the world that bases its style on a Las Vegas casino. Those type of establishments are basically styled on the sparkles and sequins look anyway.
Everything sparkles even if it’s not real gold or silver and you need to sparkle too and make sure you stand out amongst the glitz and glamour. If you’re going for this look make sure you’re not wearing too much jewellery, perhaps just earrings and an understated necklace. You don’t want to draw attention away from your dress.
The go vintage look
The early years of the 20th century were the halcyon days for casinos in Europe and America and most of our understanding of casino etiquette and style comes from that era. Think Monte Carlo casino, with 007 strutting around putting million pound bets on the roulette table.
Back then it was all about pearls, so pick out your best pearl necklace, a small beaded clutch bag, Mary Jane heels and even a beaded evening dress inspired by flappers!
SEE MORE: How to wear pearl jewelry?
The sleek look
Black is a girl’s best friend it’s a colour that’s guaranteed to getting you looking your best, its slimming, extenuates your figure and suits all hair colours. Go tight or flowing, it doesn’t really matter.
Statement shoes and jewellery are an absolute must to augment your outfit though, think silver or even pink stilettos along with shiny jewellery.
Dressing for success
Now that you know how to dress to impress in the casino, you need to know how to dress for success. All of the outfits and looks listed above just aren’t practical for a long stint at the poker table.
Just ask Sofia Lovgren, Kara Scott, Natalie Hof and Vivian Saliba, four of the most famous women in poker. These four women all know the difficulties of excelling in a male dominated sport and recognise that it’s a serious sport and not a fashion parade.
Thy all go for the androgynous look when they’re at the felt playing, largely wearing unisex outfits that are comfortable and practical. It’s important not to draw too much attention to yourself at the poker table, especially when you consider that everyone else around the table is studying your every move and trying to work you out.
Check the casino you’re going to before you head there and see what the dress code is, you definitely don’t want to be caught out over or under dressed. Unless you are a seasoned gambler you’re probably going down to the casino for a bit of casual fun and you can display this care free attitude in your choice of clothing.
Dress up as if your very life depends on it, but make sure that it fits in with the overall style of the casino. Sparkles and sequins are your best friend for a visit to a tacky casino on the Las Vegas strip, whereas something classier is required for a trip to Monte Carlo.
In that particular casino some of the artwork on the walls is older than the United States of America so you’d be better suited ditching the sparkles and going for a vintage 1920s look. Whatever you choose to wear, do it with confidence and own your experience.