There are two reasons to read through this blog about fashion faux pas: the first is that what we wear tells people who we are before we’ve said anything at all. The second is that people tend to make up their minds about who and what we are within seconds of meeting us, often based on how we’re dressed. What we choose to wear may be more important than you think.
Whether you’ve been invited to an event at a brick-and-mortar casino, simply want to watch the roulette ball bounce, or try your luck in person on the slot machines – or even if you usually prefer the casual excitement of online casino games – it will benefit you to take a few minutes to find out what not to wear to a casino.
While there’s an endless list of clothes you can wear when gambling, let’s find out what casino fashion mistakes to avoid.
1. One size does not fit all
Do casinos have a dress code? While playing at an online casino in your PJs is completely acceptable, it’s a whole different story at land-based casinos. Most US establishments are happy for customers to wear casual clothes, but if you’re lucky enough to find yourself at a swanky gambling establishment in Macao or Monaco, for example, you will be required to pull up your socks and get your wardrobe together. So always check what the casino’s dress code is before you leave your home.
2. Leisure instead of casual wear
Keep in mind that there is a difference between casual and leisure wear. You might remember the trend a few years ago of teaming sweatpants and a vest or sweatshirt… with a formal bag and shoes. While we’ve done our best to forget this unfortunate lapse in judgement by so many usually fashion-conscious celebrities, this is a good example of how leisure wear differs from casual.
Anything you’d wear at the gym, or to do sports or for a day off around the house, is going to look out of place when indulging in gorgeously classic casino table games. While you don’t have to channel James Bond or Vesper Lynd, you do want to avoid flip-flops, T-shirts, and anything oversized or grubby. One of the biggest fashion faux pas you’re likely to spot at a blackjack table is open-toed shoes on men (allowing those hairy digits to peek out,) and sleeveless tops, again for men – a badly timed flash of a hairy armpit could potentially put players off their game!
3. Clothing that offends
We’re not talking about failing to visit your shoemaker regularly or flunking a PhD in the exact waist and neckline that suits your shape. One sartorial no-no that’s likely to bar your entry to hours of heart-racing, in-person casino-gaming fun is wearing any item that displays offensive images and messages. If you’re not sure exactly what may be offensive, ask yourself whether your rabbi or pastor would wear it – that should do the trick!
It’s also best to avoid displaying any obvious logos, especially these days when brands tend to evoke loyalty, polarized opinions and many other emotions depending on the personal experience or belief set of individuals.
4. Evening attire worn during the day
If you’ve been paying attention to the fashion lessons life has been teaching you since you left behind rompers and baby booties, you’d no doubt never make mistakes one through three. But a style slip-up that most of us have made along life’s way is overdressing for an occasion – usually because you’re longing to go all out and get dressed up for something and a particular event seems like just the occasion.
So, you’ve been into the rush of online slots for some time now, but getting your hands on real-life machines on the casino floor seems like something new and fun to do. Now, you’re probably thinking “Robert De Niro or Sharon Stone in the movie Casino,” and you already have your suit or gold cocktail dress picked out. But wait! Will you be attending in the day or at night?
For day wear, this attire would be over the top. Instead, opt for business casual – the type of clothes you’d put on for holiday parties or an office job. Whereas smart suits and cocktail dresses are perfect for a special occasion held at a casino or a spot of night-time gambling.
5. Be careful what you reveal
Revealing too much skin can be a particularly embarrassing grooming gaffe. But what exactly is “too much?” Let’s take women’s cleavage as an example. Those in the know recommend never revealing more than two to three inches of cleavage. If you don’t want to break out the measuring tape, a good rule of thumb is: whatever you’re wearing should hint at a particular part of the body without putting it on display. This could be opting for a long, slit dress instead of a mini, or wearing a shirt in a draping fabric such as silk or cashmere, or choosing a dress with a low-cut back instead of revealing too much cleavage. And finally… underwear should (of course) never be visible, even through your clothing.
At BetMGM, your style is always your own
Now you know which fashion muddles you’re most likely to see at casinos, you can avoid all those mistakes by opting to play online casino games without ever leaving home. It couldn’t be easier, and you’ll never be judged. Whether slots are your thing or you’d like to try your hand at immersive live dealer games at our live casino online, simply register and join in the fun, no matter where your posh threads are at.