Whatever happened to the fashionable gambler?
Have you also wondered what to wear at the casino?
What does “smart/casual” even mean?
Perhaps you are one of those who like to make a little effort but get disappointed with the general lack of style level?
Or, are you perfectly comfortable to gamble while in flip-flops?
You might even find it a luxury to sport a relaxed style…
Nonetheless, it is a topic which has come to be under much debate.
A controversy within gambling is the complex relation it has to social status. Gambling has surely taken its tolls throughout history with the main events being the prohibition and bans in the 1930’s. However, not to forget is the apparent mafia involvement in the 1950’s.
Even though gambling has been around since mankind managed to verbally communicate his first bet we are going to focus on the casino culture in the last century. Suitably enough, this is also when the world of fashion has had its most rapid changes much due to the industrial revolution which kicked off in the 1920s. and in the gambling scene, there had no time for depression….
Wear Your Money
The earthy and hippie 1970’s decade was not a very significant Era regarding gambling and fashion until we started to near the 1980’s again. We also saw the resurgence of widespread gambling in accordance to the economic growth. To top it up, the 1980’s was also when gambling became a state governed industry. However, there is no other industry which has influenced fashion and style as much as the movie industry.
Speaking of, we naturally enter the topic of the mob which ran the 1950’s Las Vegas. Frank Sinatra was not only famous for his musical talent, but he had a special connection to Las Vegas and was rumoured to have made steady connections within the mafia.
Yet the 50’s was the era when Las Vegas would experience considerable change and it attracted the top celebrities at the time. The Rat Pack was the collective name of the top performers at the time, known for their wild parties and explicit style. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. helped make the Cal Neva Lodge of Nevada into one of the most attractive casinos in the early 1960s. And in fact, the very woman who needs no introduction, Marilyn Monroe, spent her final weekend there in August 1962 – before she died of a drug overdose in Los Angeles.
Trend of Today
And today? Today we are the conscious generation. Today we are driven by values and not clothes. Yes, there is a very conscious young fashion scene out there however when it comes to gambling the style is more of a leisure like scene. And as mentioned in the very introduction there is an examined effect on casual clothing in the work place.
The conclusion is that a relaxed style has a negative effect on the workplace morale. It may also have a negative effect regarding the impression we have on clients or potential customers.
It is only in the fictional world where Trillby hats are ever present and bowties are paired with the James Bond tuxedos, while the stereotype of a female hustler always sports gold and beaded bold dresses.