Bingo: Where Retro Fun Meets Sleek Modernity


Bingo has been at the heart of western culture for decades. While its popularity may have wavered throughout certain time periods, it has managed to stay strong and relevant in the modern age. Indeed, it could be argued that the game is more popular than ever, thanks to it having moved to the online world. Bingo now provides an opportunity for players to enjoy the retro style associated with the game, alongside more modernized fashion options for internet bingo.

How Can the Vintage Style Associated With Bingo be Translated Into Fashion?

The great thing about bingo nowadays is that it can be enjoyed in many different ways. The competitive industry found on the internet has something for everyone, and caters for new and old players alike. For bingo purists, there are options to play classic versions of the game. And, for newer generations, there are innovative updates on the traditional offerings.

For players in search of more vintage options, there are some fun, retro clothing styles that can accompany the gameplay. When thinking about how to dress for the classic games, it would be best to look back at the era in which the bingo craze was sweeping the world. This was back in the 1960s, where the game was so popular that bingo halls were cropping up all over the place in order to cope with the increase in clientele. Indeed, a lot of cinemas and other social buildings were transformed into bingo halls during this golden era.

The fashion included what was considered to be cheap and casual streetwear at the time. Nowadays, this is looked back upon with fondness as an iconic retro style. The first miniskirts came about in this decade, and were often accompanied by colored tights. Turtle neck sweaters were also extremely popular at this time, and these would often be made with a chunky knit. Quirky accessories such as bingo bracelets go well with these pieces of attire and add to the bohemian style.

Caption: A video explaining 1960s fashion.

Bingo is Associated With the Modern Era As Well

The way that bingo has evolved means that there isn’t just one style that is suited to all players now. Indeed, depending on the type of bingo games you like to play, and where you want to play them, the way you choose to attire yourself can vary greatly.

A vast proportion of bingo players in 2021 enjoy the games from the comfort of their own homes, rather than in a bustling bingo hall.  Sites such as 888ladies bingo still represent bingo from its golden era, but have adapted to the changes brought about by digitalization. This means that players can choose to dress just as they would have done if they had gone to meet their lady friends in a bingo hall, or they could opt to go for something slightly more comfortable and in line with the home environment.

The middle ground could perhaps be the fashion that was found throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the bingo halls. During these decades, bingo was cemented in western culture and the novelty aspect had disappeared. People no longer felt the need to dress up in their best threads to go down to the bingo hall, and the fashion became a lot more casual. As shown in these pictures in the Guardian, it is clear that more recent bingo hall players tend to dress in comfortable t-shirts and vests.

Caption: A UK bingo hall in the 1990s.

This style may be the most common for players at home as it allows for maximum comfort. But there are options for people who really want to get in the mood for the game they are playing as well. Themed bingo rooms, for instance, offer up another way for players to think about what they are wearing. For example, there has recently been a rise in themed bingo offerings based on films like Grease. This gives players the chance to dress up as their favorite characters from the classic musical while playing. Doing this can add to the overall enjoyment, and it gives players an excuse to dress up in different ways for the diverse range of themed rooms.

Does Modern Bingo Represent the Best of Both Worlds?

It is clear that bingo has reached a stage where it can represent the best of both modern and retro culture. For people in search of vintage styles, they can find these types of games easily and dress appropriately. On the other hand, people who prefer the way the modern game has evolved can select a wardrobe style that is more in tune with that.

The fact that there are so many different fashion eras associated with bingo means that there is a lot of scope for organizing a bingo party with your desired theme. If you feel that it’s not appropriate to sit at home wearing a miniskirt while playing bingo, the best option would be to arrange a bingo party with a 1960s theme. This way, it will give you a good excuse to get those retro threads out while all of your friends join in the fun as well.

The bottom line is that modern bingo acts as a merger of the past and present. It gives players the choice as to whether they want to embrace the changes or celebrate the past. Players can choose whether they want to socialize and play in groups, or explore the newer, more diverse ways of playing.

There is no set style of attire to wear for bingo, and this helps to add to its appeal. It can be a casual game that can be played in comforting threads, or a sociable event that provides a chance for people to dress up in a variety of retro and classic options. Perhaps that’s the one great thing about the game, the way it covers such a broad spectrum.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.