Perhaps you’re an opera aficianado. Or maybe it’s your first time. If the latter is the case, then you’re likely to be thinking about what to wear to the opera. This article has all the inspiration on how to dress for the opera and opera outfits suggestions that you need.
Do you have to dress formally at the opera?
Often, a night out at the opera is associated with ball gowns and tuxedos. Who could forget Julia Roberts wearing that floor-sweeping red dress in Pretty Women when she watched La Traviata?
Most opera houses simply say to wear whatever you feel comfortable in, but that can just leave you feeling confused.
While what to wear to the opera very much varies depending on the venue and opera you are going to see, a night at the opera can be a great reason to dress up and wear something you don’t usually wear everyday.
General ‘rules’ to think about when putting together an opera outfit
Before you start looking for a new outfit, what should you consider for a night (or afternoon) at the opera?
Take a look at the venue
The first point of call is the obvious one. Take a look at the venue website. They may feature a dress code. Or, if not, you may find images of audience members at previous events.
Even if you usually live in your jeans, to be on the safe side, and look smart enough, it’s usually best to shy away from jeans or denim jackets.
Add statement jewelery
If the rest of your outfit is relatively simple – perhaps you are going to the opera straight from work – then adding stand-out jewelery is a great way to elevate your look.
A dress always works
If you really aren’t sure what to wear, a dress is always a good idea, and works well for the opera, as well as other special events or parties you may have planned.
Add a cover up
A cover-up is not only practical to add warmth, but also adds extra glamour. Take a look at these ideas to cover up a formal outfit.
If in doubt, opt for over-dressed rather than under-dressed.
What to to wear to the opera – outfits to choose
Let’s put together a capsule wardrobe that you can choose from for your trip to the opera. It will work just as well for any other formal events you have coming up.
Choose luxurious materials, vibrant colors and playful prints.
Veronica Beard Miller Dickey Jacket – Halogen Open Front Long Blazer – Open Edit Faux Fur Collar – Veronica Beard Honolulu Cigarette Pants – Linea Paolo Melia Loafer – Rebecca Minkoff Leo Envelope Clutch – Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace
Jackets and cover ups
A blazer is always an elegant way to cover up. You could also add a wrap or stole. An oversized scarf is also a good idea, if you want to cover up your arms or add a splash of color. The reversible scarf (below) comes in a choice of prints, all inspired by famous art.
Tanasha @letsrecreatethelook above opts for a classic color combination of red, white and black.
Dresses and skirts
An elegant dress will always be a good choice for the opera. You could choose a little black dress, a neutral option, or add a pop of color. Or, if you prefer separates, a midi skirt in a luxurious material like silk or satin will work well.
Anne Klein Geo Print Short Sleeve Mock Neck Top – Open Edit Faux Fur Collar – Zeagoo Midi Satin Skirt – Naturalizer Karina Square Toe Pump – Kurt Geiger London Kensington Frame Clutch – Karine Sultan Statement Clip-On Earrings
what to wear to the opera – Pants
If you prefer pants, you can create an elegant look with wide leg pants, with a suit, or with a printed pair.
Nikki @40notfrumpy above chooses a black suit, and adds a touch of glamor with her shoes.
You can, of course, wear heels with your opera outfits. But flats can work just as well. Choose a smart pair of loafers, or you could opt for a pair of designer flats like the Christian Louboutins (below).
Your accessories will add that finishing touch of glamor to your opera looks. It’s likely that a clutch bag will be all you need, with just enough room to fit your phone, credit card, and the opera program in. Don’t forget your jewelry to complete your outfit.
Rebecca Minkoff Leo Envelope Clutch – Kurt Geiger London Kensington Frame Clutch – Nina Crystal Handle Minaudière – Karine Sultan Linear Drop Earrings – Karine Sultan Statement Clip-On Earrings – Sterling Forever Layered Bar Necklace – Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace – Nordstrom Print Silk Square Scarf
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