Recently I spent a few glorious days in my most favorite place and to the rest of the world, the well-known capital of Broadway productions, New York, New York. There is something about that glorious city that electrifies my soul; once I’m there, I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Although I did not have the pleasure of seeing a play this time around, being there reminded me of how special the theater is, and as a theater lover and appreciator, sometimes it’s hard to decide what’s appropriate to wear to a playhouse.
Call The Theater
Most theaters do not have a dress code, but it might be a good idea to call ahead, just to make sure. The last thing we want would be getting turned down at the door because of a poor shoe choice. Tsk-tsk.
Matinee vs. Evening
For a matinee show, it is much more acceptable to be slightly casual. I might get hassled for saying denim at the theater is apropos, but for a day-time showing, choosing a black or a very dark blue wash of denim with a nice top and heels can be considered. Also for an early show, most people have plans afterwards, thus keeping your look more towards the evening side will be beneficial to both the actors and your happy hour patrons.
For an evening look (especially an opening night show), you always want to dress up. Not only is it fun, but it’s also highly respected. A dress, skirt or trouser pant with a cute patterned blouse is always great. Heels are a must, but be careful of a slippery floor when trying to find your seat.
And always remember a jacket, for those air-conditioned places are never easy to forecast.
Don’t Block The Spotlight
Yes, hats are super cute and most of the time complete an outfit, but in consideration of others, keep your hats at home. Nothing is worse than not being able to see the production you paid for.
Even though New York is the homeland of dramatic productions, don’t let that stop you from seeing anything and everything at your local playhouse. Any tiny theater can transform into a magical place and allow you to feel transported. We encourage you to explore the arts and when you do, as they say in the entertainment world, “break a leg!”
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