Whether you’re a Phantom fan, you’re seeing Wicked or perhaps Chicago, once you’ve got your tickets, now it’s time to think about your broadway outfit. Below you’ll find tips on what to wear to a broadway show, including a broadway outfits capsule, no matter whether you’re attending a matinee or evening performance.
Is there a dress code?
First, is there anything you should or shouldn’t be wearing? Well, there’s no dress code as such for a Broadway show. So, it’s largely up to you. But generally, you’ll want to think about a semi-formal look that mixes practical with sophisticated. Chic but comfortable is what you’re aiming for. If going to Broadway is a special occasion for you, it’s natural to want to dress up.
Does it depend on the show?
If you’re going to the Lion King, you’re likely to be among a more casual, family crowd. At some shows you might want to have fun and dress to the theme, particularly if you are going with a group of friends.
Are you seeing the matinee or evening show?
If you’re catching the afternoon show, you’ll find that people do still dress well, but it has a more casual feel as there tend to be a lot of families.
In the evening, you can opt for a dressier outfit. You probably have dinner plans either before or after the show, so you can dress up.
It could be chilly
Even if it’s warm outside, you may find that air conditioning makes it chilly in the theater so make sure to take a wrap or pashmina.
Kylie @kylish_aus above gives her outfit oomph with her print scarf.
Do you need a coat?
While it might be cold on your way to the show, you may find long queues to check your coat (if there is somewhere to check your coat at all). If you keep it with you, you won’t want it taking up your seat space, so choose something thin and easy to fold.
What to wear to a broadway show
Now, let’s look at some specific Broadway outfits you could choose.
Choose tops that you can wear to dress up your jeans or wear with your favorite skirts or pants.
COS Relaxed Fit Printed Shirt – PAIGE Manhattan High Waist Bootcut Jeans – Donald Pliner Phyllis Block Heel Sandal – Tory Burch Robinson Leather Wallet on a Chain – Knotty Chain Link Hoop Drop Earrings
You could look out for blazers, short jackets, ponchos and cardigans to stay warm on your way to the show or while you are watching.
Jeans and pants
For most shows, you can wear a pair of smart jeans. Or, you may like to choose a pair of bright, or print, pants and keep the rest of your outfit fairly simple.
Urban CoCo Open Front Blazer – Loveappella Faux Wrap Top – PAIGE Manhattan High Waist Bootcut Jeans – Unity in Diversity Panache Bootie – See By Chloé Mini Hana Leather Crossbody Bag – Knotty Chain Link Hoop Drop Earrings
Sheree @shesheshow above opts for a pair of palazzo pants.
dresses, jumpsuit and skirt
You can wear a dress, jumpsuit or a midi skirt to the show. That way, you’ll also be ready to go out to dinner before or after the performance.
You could choose either heels or flats. As you will be sitting for the performance, you shouldn’t have to stand for too long in your heels.
Urban CoCo Open Front Blazer – Vince Camuto Flutter Sleeve Drape Silk Top – Anne Klein Herringbone Dot Wide Leg Pull-On Pants – FLY London Bootie Sandal – See By Chloé Mini Hana Leather Crossbody Bag – Knotty Chain Link Hoop Drop Earrings
Look for bags that you can easily carry with you as well as sculptural earrings or statement necklaces.
Rebecca Minkoff Julian Small Chevron Quilted Leather Backpack – Tory Burch Robinson Leather Wallet on a Chain – See By Chloé Mini Hana Leather Crossbody Bag – Karine Sultan Braided Link Collar Necklace – Jenny Bird Nouveaux Puff Earrings – Knotty Chain Link Hoop Drop Earrings
AllSaints Belted Crop Leather Moto Jacket – COS Slim Fit Cotton Shirt – DIARRABLU Costa Wide Leg Pants – FLY London Bootie Sandal – Rebecca Minkoff Julian Small Chevron Quilted Leather Backpack – Jenny Bird Nouveaux Puff Earrings
Your Broadway outfits together in one capsule
Take a look below at the Broadway show clothes and accessories from above, together in one capsule. You can switch around the tops, coats and accessories to get different looks. For example, you could wear the silver top and moto jacket with the red pants, the blazer with the jumpsuit or the white shirt with the jeans.
shop some of the items above here:
Have you been to a Broadway show lately? What did you wear? What did you consider when thinking about what to wear to a Broadway show?
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