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How to nail the casino dress code in 2022

Want to know what to wear to a luxury casino? Here is the best casino dress guide for women and men.

By LLM Reporters  |  May 4, 2022
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A place where the rich and famous rub shoulders and glamour is a given, casinos have long attracted an affluent crowd seeking extravagance and excess, and from taking a spin on the roulette wheel to sitting down for a lengthy, nail-biting game of poker, the excitement of a night at one of the world’s ritziest establishments is an experience that simply can’t be matched elsewhere.

From Casino Royale to 21, some of the biggest blockbuster films of all time have showcased the bright lights of Vegas and the opulence of Monaco through casino-themed storylines, and one thing they all have in common is the impeccable dress code followed by the characters. From James Bond, in his flawless tuxedo and perfectly polished shoes, to the various women who appear in their sequinned dressed and heels, the world’s most luxurious casinos have long been known for their strict rules when it comes to acceptable attire – but is it still necessary to get out your glad-rags for a visit in 2022?

The good news is that the answer is no, and while dressing up to the nines will always be welcomed, it is no longer essential to be allowed through the doors. Nevertheless, many do still have some basic guidelines to follow – so let’s take a look at how to win big on the slot machines and look gorgeous at the same time in today’s modern world.

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Before heading to a casino, it is always wise to visit its website or contact the reception desk to find out what the dress code is, because the rules will differ from venue to venue

General rules

Before heading to a casino, it is always wise to visit its website or contact the reception desk to find out what the dress code is, because the rules will differ from venue to venue. One thing you will find to be consistent, however, is the attitude to footwear – trainers and flip flops are not considered to be suitable evening attire, so be sure to wear a pair of closed and well polished shoes on the night if you’re male. Elegant, open-toed sandals are acceptable for women, along with any other smart shoe.

Today, the majority of high-end casinos operate a smart-casual dress code, which means clean and ironed clothing without any rips or tears, and shirts or blouses as opposed to t-shirts after dark. There are still some casinos that are a little stricter with their dress codes, however – so if you’re going somewhere particularly exclusive, then it’s better to play it safe and opt for more formal attire.

Unsure what exactly to wear for your next visit to a land-based casino? Here are some ideas.

Daytime casual 

During the day, both men and women can wear shorts and trainers if the casino allows. Plain t-shirts, informal blouses, and jeans are suitable as well, and women can wear skirts and dresses without thinking much about the patterns and colours. 

Semi-formal

If you see a semi-formal dress code referred to on a casino’s website, stiсk to blouses, short dresses, cocktail dresses, and middle-length skirts for women and formal trousers, less-formal suites, and button-down shirts for men to ensure you aren’t caught out at the door. The range of accepted shoes is rather broad, but as mentioned before, you should avoid sandals and flip-flops 

Young blonde woman playing roulette in the casino
A place where the rich and famous rub shoulders and glamour is a given, casinos have long attracted an affluent crowd seeking extravagance and excess

Business casual

Business casual is probably the most common type of attire you’ll see people wearing at casinos, so opt for this if you want to play it safe. If a casino lists this in its dress code guidelines, then women can choose trousers, jeans, shirts, dresses, and any other casual business attire they like. Blouses, formal shirts, and even sweaters in smart colours – such as monochrome are also permitted, although you should ensure your shoulders are covered.

Men, meanwhile, will be expected to choose from sports coats, collared shirts, blazers, and any other attire that is generally deemed acceptable for informal business meetings. Even polo shirts will be given the nod if they’re combined with a smart pair of trousers and suit jacket – ties are not a must but can add a little something extra to an outfit. When choosing footwear, avoid trainers and sandals, and ensure that your feet are covered.

Business formal

Business formal is a step up from business casual, and includes conservative skirts, slacks, jackets, blouses, and closed shoes for women, with low-key jewellery optional. Men, meanwhile, should wear semi-formal and business clothes of standard colours and patterns. Choose dark suits and button-down shorts with formal shoes for a smart yet stylish look. Adding a tie is again welcomed, but not compulsory. 

Black-tie

As a general rule of thumb, the black-tie dress code for men always involves a barathea dinner jacket with a single or double breast and covered buttons. Acceptable colours include black, dark grey and burgundy and dark blue, with white shirts, waistcoats, bow ties, black socks and shoes of the same colour all considered essentials.

people at the casino
As a general rule of thumb, the black-tie dress code for men always involves a barathea dinner jacket with a single or double breast and covered buttons

White-tie

The last dress code on our list is the most formal and is often associated with royalty. It is usually applied in VIP and high-profile casinos where closed tournaments take place – so if you’re visiting one of these, then be sure to read over the rules carefully to avoid being turned away on entry.

Men should wear a black tail jacket with satin-striped trousers or a white tuxedo, with wing collars, white vests and cufflinks all musts. Shoes should be limited to smart black leather, with no other colours or patterns.

Women must also be selective in clothing, with classic, floor-length dresses and ball gowns the usual choice. To really feel like a million dollars on the night, add some diamond jewellery and accessories, but keep these relatively discrete and classy.

The bottom line

According to surveys, 44% of American adults have visited a casino in the last year and this statistic is relatively similar across the globe, including in the UK. If you’re not yet one of them, then this simple guide to appropriate casino dressing should help set you up for an evening of fun and extravagance – with glamour and excess guaranteed.

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