So much of what we think we know about what one wears for a fun night out at jetsetting casino was probably made at the movies...but unlike the Hollywood fantasy, showing up in real life dripping in jewels, festooned in furs and clad in a formal red carpet gown will generally prove a tad much. (Which is why one should never turn down the chance to attend a casino party if the invite states "James Bond Casino Royale them" or even "Retro Gangster". Either are a great excuse to get your tresses done, shimmy into a full-length gown, get blinged out and slip on as many furs as possible.) A happy medium can mean wearing your go-to LBD in places like London or Paris (and do make sure your male arm candy is in a snazzy suit and tie); alternatively, an on-trend maxi dress looks terrific out and about in the evening and is a comfortably chic alternative to a regular cocktail dress plus maxis look great with flats. Bonus! For stag nights or a little something different than just being up at the club (yawn), jeans in a dark wash look snazzy, especially with a stylish blouse and big heels. The trick to wearing something casual (but smart!) on the bottom half is balancing it with a more formal piece on top, like a blazer or cashmere knit such as cardi, which can be removed if things start to heat up. However, if you really have a jones on to casino but insist on doing so in your comfy jeans and oldest tee, you can always just play roulette from the homey comfort of your couch.
- Lesley Scott
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