Nowadays in our culture attire standards are very loose and people find themselves often confused what is an appropriate attire for certain occasion. What to wear for the theater? Even though many theaters do not have strict dress codes, it is important to know that what you wear shows your respect to the artists, especially actors. Different events require different attire, so it is not the same if you go to the opening night, opera or a morning/afternoon show. The universal tip is to dress something that would be equally adequate for church and a date – classy, stylish and creative. When choosing your outfit, think about the comfort also – you will have to sit for approximately 2 hours.
Opera is the most formal theater event, especially if it is an opening night. Men usually wear tuxedos and skirts, while women wear formal long evening gowns. For other productions’ opening nights, button-up shirts and slacks are recommended for men and cocktail dresses for women. In general, these are the special events and whoever gets the ticket will surely want to dress to impress. Cocktail and business attire is acceptable choice for evening indoor shows. However, more formal attire would be more appreciated, especially for a weekend night. For afternoon/morning shows it is considered as a good taste to be dressed like going to church – khakis and nice shirts. For outdoor shows, the most important is to choose comfortable outfit – causal attire. However, casual means nice casual clothing items nicely matched, not the sloppy outlook. And what about closing night? They are considered to be “the funeral of the show” – formal and conservative outfit would work well.
The answer is not simple and universal, but these tips are something to start with. And the last advice – be creative! The theater is not the court or a law firm, but place to celebrate art and creativity. Funky accessories and unique shoes are welcome, so have fun! But, of course, performers are the ones who should amuse the audience, not you.