It feels like no-one dresses up for the theater anymore. Jeans have become socially acceptable in nearly every occasion and now they’ve infiltrated the very place that made dressing up on an evening out on the town really fun — Broadway.
What gives, world?!
I think what it comes down to really — on how to dress properly for the theater — is to evaluate the city you’re in, the season, and the show you’re about to see. In Boston, the theater-world is pretty casual (even during the holidays) so nice jeans is acceptable in most cases. But that might not fly in NYC or London.
If you’re not sure, you can always follow the “job interview” or work function rule of thumb: that it’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed. Some ideas to get you started:
- Dress up a plain pair of trousers with a blouse, some killer strappy sandals and a structured clutch
- Roughen up a formal dress with a leather jacket or blazer
- Transform your printed pants into an evening ensemble with a tall heel and statement jewels
Or you could throw caution to the wind and wear whatever you darn-well please! Yep. I like that rule best.
And most importantly of all, don’t forget to enjoy the show and the company you’re with ; )