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20 Oct

Why Casino Fashion May Be a Thing of the Past


A visit to the casino has long been an excuse to dress up. Casinos are after all synonymous with glamorous celebrities, and Vegas-style decadence.

For those looking for a night to remember, casinos have given the average Joe a special chance to act out their movie-star fantasies. And what better way to do this than with a luxury trip that involves, roulette wheels, cocktails, and lavish hotel suites.

To feel the part, you must also look the part. And so for men, this has long been a choice between cowboy hats and bolo ties, or tuxedo style suits meant to intimate the classiest of James Bond outfits. While women have donned their classiest evening gowns or even Armani dresses.

However, in recent years, there has been a seismic shift when it comes to the acceptability of fashion at casinos. And many rules or practices that were once commonplace are much more fluid. Let’s take a look at why that may be.

Group Parties

Once upon a time, casinos were the domain of mysterious solo travellers, businessmen and couples. However, this has changed drastically in recent years. Take Vegas for instance. While it is still typically a romantic getaway destination, the city has become a mecca for stag and hen parties. No doubt as a result of the success of movies like The Hangover (2009). While some engagement groups may still like to get dressed up for a trip to the casinos, it’s more likely to be humorous attire or relaxed clothing that they wear.

Fashion Gatekeepers

Like any other sport, TV poker players affect the culture of the games they play. In the same way that high-profile footballers influence their fans with their clothing and hairstyle choices, so too do poker players. As poker players at major tournaments like the World Series of Poker are more frequently seen in casual clothes like jeans and t-shirts, the average player also begins to adopt this same style.

Themed Games

The changing face of slots has also likely played a part in this shift. As technology has advanced, and home gaming has become the norm, slots have faced a struggle to adapt to younger demographics.

This means that classic slot games have adopted flashier graphics and engaging visuals that make them more like video games than ever before. Tired games like “Pot O’Gold” are now replaced by new challenges like “Well Well Well” which is exclusive to Gala Bingo, where players are dropped down a wishing well in search of winning symbols. At the end of the day, these titles are much more reflective of home gaming. And as such, players have begun to wear clothing that reflects that. While it won’t win any fashion awards, a more relaxed style has been ushered in across most casinos across the world, which brings us on to our next point.

Relaxed Dress Codes

In the beginning, casinos were a sanctuary for the rich. Only frequented by those with enough disposable income to take part. During this time, there was a clear separation between the upper classes, and the working classes and this was pronounced by the clothes they wore.

Since the 1960s, these lines of separation have become much more acute and it’s much harder for management to enforce strict dress code policies at their casinos.

Casinos are now fully inclusive places, where games like poker, blackjack, Texas Hold’em and roulette can be enjoyed by almost anyone who wants to take part. With games that are becoming more like video games, casinos are now frequented by a wide range of gamers, and thus fashion is less restrictive than it once was.

Article edit: Fashion Magazine 24 @fashionmagazine24 Image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-people-woman-casino-6664185/

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