Are you planning your next escape room challenge and wondering what to wear?

Maybe you’re new to escape rooms and are wondering whether there are any guidelines you should follow.

Or maybe it’s a special occasion – like an escape room date – and you want to dress to impress!

Whatever it be, Escape2Win Escape Room Virginia Beach has got you covered with some awesome outfit ideas to help you get into character and fully immerse yourself in the game.

So, let’s dive right in!

Escape rooms 101 (for first timers; if you know what escape rooms are, skip this bit)

For those who may not know, an escape room is a real-life puzzle game where you and your friends are locked in a themed room and have to solve a series of clues and puzzles to escape within a set amount of time (which is usually one hour). 

It’s a great way to test your problem-solving skills, have fun with friends and family, and uniquely challenge yourself.

Does it really pay to plan your escape room outfit?

You may be thinking, “why does it matter what I wear if I’m just trying to escape a room?” 

But trust us; your outfit can make a big difference in your experience. Here’s why:

  • Comfort: You want to make sure you’re comfortable during your game so you can focus on the puzzles and not on adjusting your clothing.
  • Mobility: You’ll be moving around a lot and possibly crawling, so you’ll want to wear something that won’t restrict your movements.
  • Temperature: Some escape rooms may be cooler or warmer than others, so you’ll want to dress accordingly.
  • Dress code requirements: Some escape rooms may have dress code requirements that you’ll want to know about before the big day.

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Sneak peek: what you can expect from this blog

Here’s a preview of the aspects of dressing up for an escape room experience that you can expect to learn about from this blog post:

  • Factors to consider when deciding what to wear.
  • Actual dress ideas for you to pick and choose from.
  • Some more tips (including answering some of the most-asked questions) on dressing appropriately for an escape game.

What you should consider when picking your escape room outfit

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We’re cool with almost any casual outfit.

When planning your dress for an escape room outing, there are a few key factors to consider, including comfort, mobility, and temperature. Additionally, specific dress code requirements may apply based on the type of escape room you choose.


Comfort should be a top priority in your selection of clothing. Remember, feeling uncomfortable can distract you from focusing on the game and solving puzzles. For example, if you’re wearing a top that feels hot or stuffy, it’s a safe bet that you won’t be able to focus on spotting clues or details in the room.

Here are some comfortable outfit ideas:

  • Opt for loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t restrict your movements.
  • Choose breathable fabrics like cotton or linen that won’t make you feel hot and sweaty during the game.
  • Wear comfortable shoes like sneakers or athletic shoes that provide good support and traction.


Opt for clothes that allow you to move freely. Since you’ll be crawling, bending, and possibly even climbing during the game, you’ll want your outfit to allow for a wide range of movement. As you may well know, moving freely to explore the room is a key escape game trick.

Here are some clothing ideas that’ll allow you to remain mobile:

  • Athletic wear like leggings, shorts, or joggers that are made from stretchy and breathable materials.
  • Loose-fitting pants or jeans that won’t restrict your movements and allow you to move freely.
  • Sneakers or comfortable shoes with good traction that will keep you stable as you move around the room.


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You don’t want to be either in the middle of your game, do you?

It’s important to be prepared for temperature changes in the escape room when choosing your outfit. Depending on how you expect it to be, dressing in layers or breathable fabrics can help you stay comfortable and focused throughout the game. 

Here are some outfit ideas for different temperatures:

  • Cold temperatures: Wear layers like a hoodie or jacket that you can easily remove if it gets warmer.
  • Warm temperatures: Wear breathable fabrics like cotton or linen and avoid heavy layers.

Dress Code Requirements

While most escape rooms are pretty laid-back, some may have dress code requirements that you’ll want to know about before you arrive.  For example, they could be part of a larger establishment that requires certain norms. Check with the room beforehand to avoid problems. 

Here are some outfit ideas for dress code requirements:

  • Business casual: Wear dress pants and a button-up shirt or a skirt and a blouse.
  • Formal wear: Wear a cocktail dress or suit and tie.

Top outfit ideas for escape rooms

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Sometimes, dressing comfortably can actually drive you to solve the mystery faster!

In this section, we’ll go ahead and give you escape room dressing ideas that match your fashion choices. From athletic wear to casual getups – we’ve got recommendations for various styles. Let’s dive in!

Athletic wear

Athletic wear is specifically designed for physical activity, making it a comfortable and practical option for your escape room adventure. The clothing often features moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics that will keep you cool and dry during the game while allowing for a full range of motion.

Here are some outfit ideas:

  • Leggings or yoga pants paired with a comfortable tank top or t-shirt.
  • Shorts with a breathable t-shirt or tank top.

Casual wear

If you prefer a more laid-back and comfortable look, casual wear is the way to go for your escape room outing. From jeans and t-shirts to sweatpants and hoodies, there are plenty of comfortable and stylish options to choose from.

Here are some options to try on for size:

  • Jeans paired with a comfortable t-shirt or blouse.
  • Sweatpants or joggers with a cozy hoodie or sweatshirt.
  • Flannel shirt paired with khaki pants or shorts.

Adventure wear

For those who want to take their escape room experience to the next level, adventure wear is the perfect option. With the right adventure-inspired clothing, you can fully immerse yourself in the theme and feel like you’re embarking on a real-life adventure.

Consider these clothing ideas for your escape game adventure:

  • Cargo pants paired with a utility shirt and sturdy boots.
  • Hiking boots paired with a vest and a comfortable yet durable shirt.
  • Safari hat paired with khaki shorts and a breathable, moisture-wicking top.

With the right adventure wear outfit, you’ll feel like a true explorer as you work to uncover clues and solve puzzles.

Depending on the occasion

Depending on the nature of the event, you may want to dress differently for your escape room adventure. 

  • Outing with loved ones: Go casual. Try wearing jeans and a t-shirt or comfortable shorts and a tank top.
  • Celebrating a special occasion like a birthday: Consider dressing up with a fun, themed outfit or wearing something sparkly.
  • Date night: Opt for a stylish yet comfortable look with a nice blouse and jeans or a dress and comfortable shoes.
  • Team building: Coordinate with your teammates and wear matching shirts or accessories to show your team spirit during your team building event.

Themed costume wear


For a truly immersive escape room experience, consider donning a costume that fits the game theme. Not only will it help you get into character, but it can also add an element of fun and excitement to your adventure.

Here are some general examples:

  • (Mystery/Spy Themed Games) A detective-style trench coat paired with a fedora hat and magnifying glass.
  • (Pirate/Treasure Hunt Themed Games) You can go full Jack Sparrow with a bandana, gold earrings – and even an eye patch for good measure!
  • (Superhero Themed Games) A cape and mask.

Thinking of heading to our Cleveland Street location for your escape room outing? Check out these themed wear ideas:

  • The Attic: Get the look of an early 1930s farmer to match the old farmhouse theme. Wear a straw hat, suspenders, and old-fashioned boots to complete the look.
  • Lunar Lockdown: This is a tricky one. The full look would require a space suit, helmet, and boots.
  • Scene of the Crime: Dress up as a 1930s detective with a trench coat, fedora hat, and leather shoes.
  • Ghostly Encounter: A windbreaker combined with boots and a hat could pull off the ghosthunter look. On the other hand, you could go for the hardboiled Philip Marlowe look.
  • The Explorers Club: Become an explorer with a safari hat, khaki pants, and a vest.

Putting your escape adventure outfit together – some tips to follow

When putting your escape room outing getup together, remember that you’ll be spending at least an hour moving around, crawling and bending, and possibly even getting a little dirty. 

With this in mind, choose clothes that are durable and easy to move in.

  • Breathable fabrics keep you cool and comfortable.
  • Choose darker colors that won’t show dirt or sweat as easily.
  • Consider wearing a watch to keep track of time – remember, you have only sixty minutes to escape!
  • Choose a hairstyle that won’t get in your face or distract you during the game.
  • If you wear glasses, make sure they fit securely and won’t fall off during the game.
  • If you plan on taking post-game photos, wear an outfit that will look good in pictures.
  • Avoid jewelry or accessories that could get in the way or fall off during the game.

Some frequently asked questions about dressing for your escape experience


Have queries? Look through the FAQs!

As we approach the end of our blog post, we’ll take up some specific queries many players have about choosing their escape room outfit. From what not to wear to an escape room to things to carry with you – we’ll answer some of the most-asked questions on deciding what to wear for your adventure.

What do you wear to an escape room?

What you wear to an escape room depends on your personal style and the requirements of the establishment, if any. It’s best to prioritize comfort and mobility while also sticking to any dress code requirements.

The Escape2Win Verdict: We recommend casual wear – it’s part of your existing wardrobe, and you can wear it to most other places you may want to visit after your escape game.

What should you not wear to an escape room?

Avoid wearing bulky jewelry or accessories that could get in the way or fall off during the game. You can also avoid anything with loose-hanging ends, which could get caught and torn on edges and corners.

Escape2Win Pro Tip: Avoid high heels, as you may not be able to move around easily in them; plus, they could get stuck.

What should you take to an escape room?

You should carry a small bag or fanny pack to hold your phone, keys, and other personal items.  You may also want to pack extra layers or a change of clothes in case you get too hot or cold.

What is the best outfit for an escape room?

To begin with, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this. Any outfit that you’re comfortable in is the best option for you. That being said, dress in a way that you’re comfortable, mobile, and following any dress code the escape room may have. 

The Escape2Win Verdict: Opt for casual wear as it’s part of your regular wardrobe and can be worn to other venues before and after your escape game.

What shoes should you wear to an escape room?

You should wear comfortable shoes that allow you to move freely and won’t slip off during the game. Sneakers or other closed-toe shoes with good traction are a great option.

Escape2Win Pro Tip: It’s a good idea to skip the high heels as they may not be practical for an escape room.

Can you wear flip-flops in an escape room?

We’re cool with you sporting flip-flops on your Escape2Win adventure. However, some escape rooms advise avoiding flip-flops as they may not be supportive enough for the amount of movement required during the game. 

Do you have to wear enclosed shoes in an escape room?

As you may have cottoned on from the fact that we allow flip-flops, enclosed shoes are not mandatory at Escape2Win. However, some escape rooms may require enclosed shoes for safety reasons. It’s best to check with the establishment beforehand.

Can you wear jeans in an escape room?

Yes, you can wear jeans in an escape room. Make sure they’re comfortable and allow for mobility.

Can you wear a dress or skirt to an escape room?

Yes, you can wear a dress or skirt to an escape room. Again, make sure they’re comfortable and allow for easy movement. 

Do you have to wear sneakers in an escape room?

Some escape rooms may require sneakers for safety reasons, so check with the facility before planning. If sneakers are not required, wear comfortable shoes that allow you to move around freely and won’t slip off during the game.

The Escape2Win Verdict: We’re fine either way – whether you wear sneakers or not.

What you should wear on your escape room adventure – key points

Let’s take a moment to recap how choosing an appropriate dress can enhance your escape room experience and go through the essential outfits to make sure you look and feel great during your adventure.

Why you should take the time to plan your escape room outfit – Recap

In summary, planning your escape room outfit can enhance your experience in the following ways:

  • Increased comfort and mobility.
  • Preparedness for varying temperatures and dress codes.
  • Immersion in the escape room theme.
  • Avoidance of mishaps during gameplay.

Tips for making sure you look and feel great during your adventure

Looking and feeling great in your escape room outfit can make the experience even more enjoyable and memorable.

  • Dress casually while following any guidelines (like enclosed shoes) that the facility may have.
  • Pack extra layers or a change of clothes if you get too hot or cold.
  • Wear a hat or headband to keep your hair out of your face.
  • Bring a small bag or fanny pack to hold your phone, keys, and other items.

Time to start planning your escape adventure!

We hope this guide clarified your queries and gave you plenty of inspiration for dressing up for your next escape room adventure.

Now it’s time to plan your escape room outing at Escape2Win. Get ready for an unforgettable journey full of thrills and surprises – click here and book your adventure today!
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