What to Wear to the Theater



With the holidays upon us, many will be going to theater shows to see special seasonal performances.

Once going to the theater meant you had to dress to the nines. Today, people are more casual, and some might even show up in jeans and a sweatshirt.

But if you are a true fashionista, you will know that life’s too short not to wear your best clothing and the theater provides just such an occasion.

That being stated, there’s no need to wear your most formal attire.

Here are some ideas that will help you get it just right.

Think of Wearing ‘Your Sunday Best’

It seems like a kind of dull analogy, but the clothing you wear to church on Sunday will also be theater appropriate. You can also think of it as business formal although that might not be much better.

The idea here is that you aren’t going to be the main attraction, the show is. Therefore, while you want to look dressy and stylish, you will want to stay away from fashions that are too outrageous.

Also, looking overly sexy will not be appropriate. The theater is not a pickup joint (although, who knows, you might meet someone nice…sorry it’s the Jewish mother in me), and it’s important to look respectful.

With this in mind, there are many dresses, skirt and blouse and skirt and slack combos that will foot the bill.

This maxi dress is perfect for the theater. It is dressy but not overly dressy. It’s fun and stylish and not too revealing.

Wear a Cardigan

If you have ever been in a theater, you know how chilly it can get. That’s why it’s a good idea to have some sort of sweater or cardigan on hand.

The cardigan you choose should have an elegant look and it should not be too bulky. Remember, you will probably need to sit with it crunched up behind you and if it takes up a lot of room, you may be uncomfortable.

With that in mind, avoid taking a cardigan that wrinkles easily.

This cardigan is made of a thin yet comfy material. It is not too long so it won’t take up a lot of room on your seat. It has a sophisticated look that will complement any outfit.

Avoid Wearing Very High Heels

You may be tempted to wear heels to the theater to complement your elegant look. But I hate to break it to you, heels just aren’t a great choice.

Heels are bulkier than other shoes. People will be passing by you trying to leave your row of seats. It will be tight quarters. A pair of heels will only cause further obstruction.

You will also need to climb a lot of stairs to get to and from your seat. The heels will get in the way and the last thing you want is a nasty spill.

In order to maintain a glamorous look while wearing shoes that are practical for the theater, go with a low heel like a wedge or a low heeled boot.

These sling-backed heels have a glamorous look and a low heel that will elongate. Yet they are sturdy enough to handle stairs and small enough not to get in the way of passers-by.

Going to the theater is not the glamorous occasion it once was, but it is still worthy of a high fashion look. The tips in this article will clue you in on what to wear so you can feel confident that your outfit is appropriate. What will you be wearing to the next show you see?


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