I received an email the other day from a reader who is about to make his first trip to Las Vegas. He wanted to know if there were any types of rules or regulations about Las Vegas casino attire that he should know about before he went.
It should be noted that if you look on some websites, that they might have some information that slightly conflicts with what I have to say. As of August 24th, 2009, all of this information is up to date. Some older articles will contradict a few points, but I will note the changes that have taken place recently. I will also note changes that I am aware of for the near future.
Las Vegas casinos do not have requirements on attire as long as it is not something that will blatantly offend someone. A Las Vegas casino rep will not have you cover up your, “Big Johnson,” t-shirt, but it will ask someone to leave if they have a swastika on their shirt.
Bellagio tried to put a rule into place that flip-flops and tank tops could not be worn on the property. Very few of the workers put any backing into the rule and did very little to enforce it. While the rule is no longer stated, they will sometimes refer to it when ejecting someone from the casino for something else. They will tell you that you do not have proper casino attire on.
There are a few poker online rooms in Las Vegas that are switching to attire regulations. The Bellagio and Wynn have been playing around with not allowing loud clothing in the casino’s poker rooms. It will be interesting to see if this is something that catches on at other casinos.
Inside the Las Vegas casinos, though, you will find restaurants and shows that have dress requirements. Many of these requirements, though, are starting to fade. With the edge in the economy, many of the casinos want to do as little as possible to turn anyone away, so any attire is allowed. As for now, though, you should check with a restaurant when making a reservation about the favored attire.
I have been in Las Vegas when older couples have arrived in Las Vegas after a long period away. They remember when casino attire included dresses, suits, and ties. Gone are these days, and it apparently left the couple in a state of distress for what used to be in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see in five, ten, or twenty years what Las Vegas casino attire has changed too. Who knows, someday the suits might come back in style.