Pop culture paints casinos as gleaming bastions of glitz and glamour tempered by a sense of high risk and even higher rewards. From the iconic James Bond to Sharon Stone’s Oscar-winning turn in Casino, we’ve been bombarded by a wave of smartly dressed casino patrons on TV and in the movies.
Still, pop culture is just pop culture so it begs the question: What should you really wear for casino night? The answer depends largely on what you’re there for.
If the night calls for more socializing than gambling, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. Pair them with a great pair of heels and you’re good to go. Just be prepared to stay on your feet for longer than usual if you find yourself enjoying the table games.
Other than that, most casinos have lax dress codes (the famous Casino de Monte Carlo requires “correct dress”, however). The trick lies in finding the right balance between dressed up and looking like you just got off the couch.
Another thing to remember is to try and dress for comfort, especially if you plan on enjoying casino night in Las Vegas. As Vegas.com points out, even if the air outside is warm casinos tend to crank the AC up to high levels. A light sweater or jacket is definitely recommended particularly if you visit Vegas in the winter.
Your footwear will also depend on where you want to go. If you plan on mixing casino hopping with a trip to some of the high-end clubs, consider either bringing a pair of tennis shoes or opting for a pair of chic yet comfortable mid-heeled shoes. Corporette has an excellent and updated guide on finding comfy shoes.
Finally, let’s talk about comps. Comps are complimentary items and services (free rooms, food, etc.) that high rollers and long-time players usually get. Every casino has them, including Internet-based companies. Even online gaming giant Betfair has its own version of the casino comp system called the VIP Club.
Now, why is this important? Because some casino newbies – and even a few hardcore players – are under the mistaken impression that how you dress affects the comps you receive. They don’t. Casinos generally give out comps to big tippers, high rollers, and players who play for long periods. They don’t give out free rooms just because you look good in your four-inch stilettos.
That’s not to say, though, that there’s no reason to get all dolled up for a night out on the casino floor. Just remember our tips above, try not to overdo it, and above all have fun!
**this is a post by a contributing writer