If you’ve never been to a casino before you might be wondering just exactly what types of clothes are appropriate, right? The last thing you want to do is to cause a scene or be refused entry due to your lack of foresight. Similarly, there’s no worse feeling that finding yourself unprepared when it comes to not having the appropriate threads on hand. Here are a few informative tidbits and tips to take into consideration so that you aren’t left under or overdressed.
The truth is that not all casinos employ a universal dress code. Some are more lax than others, perhaps permitting all manner of clothing from shorts and tank tops and beyond. Others however, might be much more strenuous and judgmental, even going as far as requiring formal wear. Needless to say, you won’t find that many demanding casinos within the continental United States. In most US casinos you’ll fit in perfectly just as long as you’re clean, hygienic and not revealing too much skin. This isn’t to say that there aren’t posh casinos in the US, only that those places tend to require reservations; in other words, if it’s more of a “walk-in” casino, you’re probably going to be ok with casual wear.
In Europe and higher-ticket establishments located in Hollywood however, the rules are somewhat different. Formal or semi-formal wear might be necessary in some cases; meaning, you should definitely pack at least one decent suit or dress that’s fairly elegant and not “flashy”. Moreover, it doesn’t really matter what town your casino of choice is located in (or what country), pretty much all fine dining establishments tend to require some type of elevated dress code which you should take into consideration (unless you’re going to be going the fast food route the entire time).
Regardless of what casino you’re headed to or what country it happens to be located in, the best approach is to “dress in a smart manner”. This simply implies that you focus on the kind of casual wear that is a cut above what you might see the average person wearing walking down the street and slightly below someone who prefers business / formal attire. The guys might want to consider khakis and a nice collared shirt which can be worn alone or with a jacket. In this way, dressing up or down is a rather simple manner. For women, things can be trickier, but in general it’s always a good idea to avoid showing too much skin or resorting to intense flashy colors or props; simple, elegant attire that flatters your figure should suffice just fine.