Ever since James Bond appeared in Casino Royale, he raised the bar when it comes to casino wear. Gone were the smart casuals; they have been replaced by Brioni formal suits, Ted Baker ties, Turnbull and Asser formal shirts, and John Lobb shoes. Besides, with the strict dress codes imposed by grand casinos, it’s the best time to channel the inner Daniel Craig and dress to the nines. You wouldn’t want to sacrifice rounds of poker at the gaming tables just because you’re inappropriately dressed.
When you reveal that royal flush and win the pot, you’d rather be dressed like a poker champion. So suck it up, and dust off those dinner jackets (or go the extra mile and make a trip to the drycleaners) in order for you to look as dapper as PartyPoker Ambassador Tomeu Gomila when he dominated the final table at the World Poker Tour Spanish Championship in Barcelona. We have to warn you though: if you’re dressing up, do it right. And doing it right means consulting fashion authorities, such as the featured designers in the concluded Paris Fashion Week.
Veterans of the World Series of Poker Finals give a warning, though—comfort is still essential, because when the game is intense being relaxed will certainly help. Then again, fashion may coincide with comfort, given the right combination. For your guidance, here are the menswear trends from the Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 as reported by TheFashionisto.com, which can make you look awesome when you participate in poker tournaments:
• Streamlined Coats – Trenchcoats by Dries van Noten in bold navy, accessorized with a printed belt, are the classic statement pieces which will inspire confidence, even if one is holding a bad hand.
• Luxe Tee – Minimalist and subdued shirts bring out a relaxed and effortless aura, perfect for lounging around at a poker table. Hermes is the expert of this style, emphasizing proportional fit and clean lines in rich colors.
• Pattern Blocking – Different patterns that are eye-catching are the most dominant trends this season. Be adventurous, and don’t be afraid to wear contrasting patterns—if you take leaps in poker of whether to flush or fold, do the same with your wardrobe. Louis Vuitton jumped the “contrast” bandwagon with a subtle approach, mixing pastel shades with subdued prints for a casual look.