For starters, I’ll say it: There is no set-in-stone dress code for an Escape Room. You can wear whatever you want and people always show up in a wide variety of styles. That is fine! But it is safe to say what you wear does impact your experience in the room.
Your outfit choice can make your game easier or harder. It can even affect how much you enjoy the room. Heck, some people even dress according to the theme of the experience they’re doing to enhance their experience!
While you can wear anything, there are definitely things I’d say are must-haves and there are some things you should probably be leaving in the closet.
What to Wear
This is the biggest must, must, MUST have on the entire list. A comfortable pair of shoes or sneakers are needed for a good experience.
You don’t fully know what you are walking into — and that is part of the fun! So protect your feet so that you don’t even have to give them a second though — your brain is too busy for that!
Comfortable, Loose Clothes
You want to feel perfectly comfortable to focus on the game. Wear loose clothing — nothing insanely baggy but a good snug fit that lets you stretch and move.
You may be climbing, crawling or crouching down and you don’t want your clothes snagging on things or cutting off your circulation.
Contacts or Glasses
I definitely recommend contacts if you have them. They are less worrisome than glasses inside the room: you don’t need to worry about putting them down, taking them off, dropping or breaking them.
If you do not have contacts then still be sure to bring your glasses. Yes, the above becomes a worry but that’s still better than not being able to solve a puzzle because you can’t read it!
What NOT to Wear
Heels or Sandals
Just like heaven-sent closed-toed shoes were the main attraction on the first list, these are their escape room antithesis.
Nothing can ruin a game faster than stubbing your toe, breaking a heel or being distracted by any general discomfort your shoes cause.
You may not be running but these can be hazardous in general. Stick with comfy, safe shoes and leave these at home.
Tight or Short Clothing
Escape Rooms can get physical. You need to climb, crawl or take big steps up and you don’t want to worry about skirts or, god-forbid, tearing. You want to be able to move freely — you can’t escape through the hole in the prison cell if you can’t bend down!
You never know what can happen in a room. Water effects, fog, textures and more could leave a residue on that fancy jacket. Leave the expensive stuff you can’t dry clean in the car!
Not all accessories are bad. But most are — at least at an Escape Room. Ties, long chunky necklaces, and other loose items run the risk of catching on things and hurting you or breaking.
Rings or other jewelry that will stay in place are fine, but avoid carrying the big purse and the headphones in — leave them in the provided locker.
The Perfect Outfit for an Escape Room
It exists. It’s in your closet right now. Grab your favorite loose shirt. Your least restrictive pants. Your most comfortable shoes. There it is.
But actually the perfect outfit is whatever one you feel comfortable and confident in.
For some people that could be what was described above. For some it is an outfit that makes them a part of the room! I know I’ve dressed up as a sorcerer to play in a magic themed room. I’ve seen archeologists, historians, detectives, witches and frat boys (yes both in reality and as a clear costume choice).
You want to own the room and its puzzles for the hour you are in there — set yourself up for success!
Will Wearing a Bad Outfit Ruin My Game?
Not if you don’t let it. While these are suggestions, keep in mind it's all about YOUR comfort. We can’t tell you how to dress and don’t want to!
Wear what makes you comfortable; and keep in mind the limitations that your outfit choice sets for you. If you are okay with that and know it is going in, you can still have a fantastic time!
The Goal? Think about your outfit before the room so you don’t have to spend a second in the room thinking about it!
Are you Dressed Up and Ready for Adventure?
We can’t wait to see your Escape Room Outfit! Show it to us as soon as possible by booking online at Questroom.com.
If you have any questions or need assistance feel free to call us at 310-707-1240 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to help you choose the perfect adventure to fit your ensemble!