One of the main questions my friends ask me when we go somewhere is “what should I wear?” This is especially true for opera shows. Sadly, the answer is never the same; but, I can give you the guide I use to decide what to wear. I will also give a short review of the Marchesa dress I was wearing and show you my favorite dress options to wear to shows below the article:) If you have any questions, leave a comment or dm me @claire_wear on instagram!
Venue: The number one thing to think about is the style of the venue. Is it fancy? Cozy? Small? Big? Expensive? A high school? Outdoors? You would never want to wear a full length gown to an outdoor play or opera unless it was extremely luxe. I take my first ques on the style of the place. Below, is what I wore to the Nutcracker Ballet. It almost fits in with the style of the Fox theatre!
Time of Day: Next, you want to think about the time of day. If it is an adult evening show, you won’t want to wear jeans and a collared shirt. Night time will always be more for cocktail attire. If you will be out all day then going to a show, you can easily wear layers to look appropriate all day.
Time of Year: In Michigan, this a big one! If it is negative degrees outside, a mini dress won’t be ideal. I love tights with heels or over-the-knee boots in the winter. If it is very fancy and you have a car to drop you off at the door and pick you up, you can adjust your style for that as well and wear heels in the cold.
Style of Show: Lastly, I always think about the show I am seeing. Is it a casual comedy or a dramatic famous play? For a casual show in the day, you can dress in nice jeans without any issue. For a famous play in the evening, I typically wear cocktail attire.
My go-to piece for something when I am not positive on dress code is a black jumpsuit! They are great for any age of person or body shape and they can easily be dressed up to black tie level or dressed down to casual.