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.
In an investigation by Forbes
The way you look – directly effects the way you think, feel and act. Their study focuses on attire in the work place, yet it very much correlates to the gambling scene. Since in later years we have had a considerable decline when it comes to style at casinos. Moreover, the study mentions that “…research shows your alertness is affected by what you wear.” This should be of concern to the general gambler, and even more so the professional players. Especially since we currently live in an era where casual is the ruling guideline regarding dress code. Therefore, we find it a legitimate attempt to try and answer the questions…
- How come style has deteriorated to such an extent that shorts and t-shirt have become the norm by the slot machines today?
We will also have a closer look at the history of fashion and the effect it has had on the casino scene while we investigate different degrees of stylishness and vice versa. So why not start from the very beginning?
The Fashionable Gambler
Born in Venice in the 1700’s, an exceptionally sharp child – so intelligent in fact – that he entered University at the mere age of twelve, would grow up to become renowned for two vices which would make him a household name throughout Europe;
- Womanizing & Gambling. All while being famous for exhibiting an exceptional sense of style which has gone down in the history books.
One may very well allege the same man to be accountable for starting the complex matrimony between fashion and gambling.
We are talking about no other than Giacomo Casanova. The man who was as charming with the ladies as he was a daredevil when it came to risk-taking. His style was impeccable – and he ordained himself with the most precious and expensive brocade, velvet and – women. He was the most fashionable thing at the time.
Casanova’s womanizing was studied into an art and everything he did, said or wore, was a conscious choice. Stylishly dressed he managed to spend most of his time gambling and engaging in passionate pursuits.
The famous seducer has been portrayed many times throughout history as shown in the images below.
Casanova is merely an introduction to the marriage between gambling and fashion. If we focus on a more recent development during the last century – from the 1920’s up until today – the relation is of quite a complex status.