Statement clothing and eccentric accessories have been part of the fashion world since forever. And this is the case in casinos as much as anywhere else. Casinos have, since the 1950s and 60s, been the place to be seen – with glitz and glamour bringing style to the exciting games being played out on the tables.
But you don’t have to be a gambler to show off casino fashion – a unique fashion trend in its own right. There’s no better way to dress up in the playfulness of this sartorial season by bringing the high-spirited glamour of the casino to the accessories you wear.
Iconic American jeweler Harry Winston once said: “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” With clothing and accessories inspired by some of the most well-known casino games, you’ll have people staring for all the right reasons.
Here are our some of favorite casino games-inspired fashion pieces which are sure to jazz up your wardrobe and make a statement.
One of the oldest casino games, Blackjack was popularised as a card game called “vingt-et-un” (French for “21”) in Spain and France. Some of the earliest references to the game pre-date to 1440; versions of the game have been referred to as “Quinze” (French for “15”) and “Sette e Mezzo” (Italian for “seven-and-a-half”). While already popular in Europe, it wasn’t until it reached America that Blackjack got its name — as well as two new rules which allowed the game to become beatable.
What’s never changed, is that black is all about the numbers and the playing cards. And what better way to add a whimsical, Alice and Wonderland-like, Blackjack-inspired outfit, than dressing up with cards.
If you want to start subtle, go with accessories.
This Blackjack playing card necklace, for example, would be a fun addition to weekend wear — it’s a conversation piece and would look great in an Instagram shot with your brunch mimosa. It’s also perfect for a glammed-up, night-time look; style it with a little black dress and red heels.
For a classic and dramatic look, try out a sweetheart neck evening gown. The iconic bell-shaped skirt is layered with cards of all suits and features a very flattering tulle waistline. This red and white ensemble is dressed up with solid black gloves and a faux-crown, playing-card fascinator. It’s an Audrey Hepburn look with a casino game twist.
For something more playful, try this retro-style halter dress. This thigh-length dress is made with card-print fabric, a black-lined neckline, and two cute buttons. It’s perfect for day and night (depending, of course, on your accessories). Paired with playing card-themed makeup, like black or red lipstick shapes, you are ready for the runway — or at least, the dance floor.
And for just about everyone, from the fashion eccentrics to the traditionalists, there is, of course, the playing card nail designs. With the four aces in every suit, the look is completed with a joker painted on the thumb. A lively addition to any outfit, Blackjack nails are perfect for the casino, and just about everywhere else you want to stand out and be seen.
The most iconic of all casino games, Roulette is a big-time betting game played by professionals, novices and casino game lovers all around the world. The history of the game originates in Bordeaux, France during in the early 18th century, as an evolution of the games hoca and portique. Its thrill-inducing wheel structure was developed during the 1790s; interestingly, it was banned from its birthplace of France from 1836-1933.
Popular in both online and physical casinos, Roulette is a social game. Crowds form around tables, either as players, or an audience hoping to witness the next big roulette wheel win. Wearing Roulette-inspired accessories is a way to stand out this season; it’s a fashion statement that shows the world you’re fearless, a risk-taker and will play for a big payout.
One of our favorite items is this silver classic watch, shaped like a roulette wheel. This stunning piece by J. Springs features a roulette table design around the exterior and is water-resistant up to 100m deep. It’s ideal for both weekend and office wear but has that quintessential James Bond aesthetic that makes it suitable for evening events.
For a more vintage feel – especially for the hipster types – there’s this roulette-inspired pocket watch. Like the more classic fit, this pocket watch has a roulette table design but comes in gold and features exposed gears. It’s a fitting addition to the very trendy trouser braces, tweed vest, and flat cap look that just about everyone seems to be loving lately. Whether playing roulette or ordering a watch designed in the same style, a comprehensive guide on the composition of a roulette wheel, is worth reading.
Slot machines have a long and fascinating history. The first modern-style slot machine was created by the Bavarian-born American inventor Charles August Fey in San Francisco in 1894. Since then, slot machines have been an extremely popular casino game at both brick-and-mortar and online casinos.
Is there a better way to achieve a playful fashion style than by wearing this slot machine-inspired handbag? We don’t think so.
When you think of casinos, the first thing that might come to mind is cards. Maybe it’s a roulette wheel, perhaps it’s the slots. But somewhere along the line, you’ll think about dice. Craps is a dice game with a history that goes far beyond most other casino games — reportedly the game was invented during the Crusades, and by the 17th century was extremely popular in taverns across France.
In the modern day, craps is played in casinos around the world. But dice make for a great style accessory, too. For suit-wearers, add quirk to your daily style with these extraordinary dice cufflinks. Styled in red with complimentary gold clasps, these cufflinks would be a standout addition to either a black-tie look or worn more casually with a jacket and jeans. Either way, they’re a classic conversation piece.
Most importantly, have fun with it
Casino games are all about entertainment. Whether you want a bold, standout look or the subtle whimsy of accessories, make casino gameplay a staple in your wardrobe this season. As Harry Winston said: “people are always going to stare” – so you might as well make it worth your while by giving them something amazing to look at.