How to Dress Up For The Casino
How should you dress to visit a casino? As with many questions, the answer is "It depends."
If you’re in America, the simple answer is: almost any way you want. As long as you’re wearing a shirt (not a see-through one, ladies), pants (shorts are fine during the day), and shoes (flip-flops are sometimes frowned upon), no one will try to throw you out or even bat an eye. You’ll fit in better at night, though, if you’re at least wearing a neat “resort casual” outfit.
In Europe, the same general rules apply in most casinos, but there are exceptions. For example, Germany’s Baden-Baden Casino requires men to be wearing a jacket (and a tie is appreciated), the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo is a little less stuffy, with jackets recommended but sneakers prohibited, and the members-only high-stakes Ritz Club in London maintains a strict jacket-and-collared-shirt dress code.
To blend in and look “appropriate” at most casinos during the evening, your best bet is to dress as if you’re going out to a nice but not terribly formal restaurant.
For men, that means a shirt with a collar, nice pants, and real (not gym) shoes.
Women will feel comfortable in a stylish but not overly formal dress, or a skirt/blouse or pants/blouse combination, along with medium heels. A sweater or coat is a nice touch, particularly if the weather calls for it.
But why focus on what’s allowed or acceptable, when it’s more fun to visualize yourself as James Bond (or Vesper Lynd) and go all-out for a classy night at the casino, suitable for the international man (or woman) of mystery that you really are?
Shaken, Not Stirred
(Warning: this section will probably lead you to feel extremely foolish if you’re going to a riverboat casino in Indiana.)
Most people love to play dress-up but adults rarely get an opportunity. A glamorous casino is the perfect place to indulge yourself and express your inner Bond.
Men first. You’ll definitely make a splash if you walk into the casino wearing a stylish, black, single-breasted tuxedo like the ones 007 historically favored. But you’ll really be a hit if you choose a navy blue tuxedo with a black satin collar like the one Daniel Craig made famous in Skyfall. Don’t forget the proper bow tie and white pocket square; the gun is optional.
Ladies: the sheer black backless gown that Berenice Marlohe wore in Skyfall (the one with 60,000 crystals) would be stunning, but perhaps a bit too much even for the fanciest casinos. And you’ll look a bit dated if your casino outfit looks like from the earliest Bond girls ages.
A more realistic choice might be something like the sparkly, sleeveless number that Carey Lowell wore in License to Kill, or the stunning, sophisticated backless purple dress worn by Eva Green in Casino Royale. Your best stiletto heels will work well with either.
With a Martini (shaken, not stirred) in your hand, you’ll probably be escorted to the best table in the house or to a private gaming room. Just be prepared to hand out all the big tips expected from the most glamorous couple in the casino.
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