Tips for Dressing for the Theatre: Everything You Need to Know

If you are going to watch a theatrical play for the first time, you should dress appropriately for the event. As part of the audience, you are going to look at the play that actors, production team, designers, directors, and playwrights worked hard for in a couple of months, or maybe a year. Here are the following tips that you can follow in dressing appropriately for a theatrical play that can only happen every once in a while.

1. Dress formally

The most common theme for dressing up for a theatre is to wear formal attire. It’s most suitable for a formal event and the whole team of the theatrical play will give their best seeing their audience dressed in long gowns and tuxedo’s (it depends on the manner of the play.)

• Choose formal attire that flatters your body shape. If you have a few elegant collections in your wardrobe, make sure that it’s going to suit your body shape. Typically, if a person doesn’t exactly know the theme, monochrome choices is the best for attending such events.

• Make sure it covers parts of the body that should be covered. As much as possible, you should make sure that your dress isn’t too tight to expose your thighs or cleavage of other parts of your body that should not be exposed. Just think of it as attending a professional event. The setting is formal, hence mid-length or below the knee skirts is highly advisable for women.

• Choose the right accessories. Always keep it simple when it comes to jewelry. Overuse of accessories can actually make an outfit look bad. Hence, a pair of diamond earrings or a simple necklace should be okay.

2. Dress casually

If the manner of the play permits you to and you are more comfortable with your casual clothes, you should consider wearing casually. It is more comfortable compared to formal clothes and you could never be overdressed with just a simple t-shirt from a t-shirt making machine and the pair of skinny jeans.

• Avoid patterns. If you’re going to dress casual in a theatrical play, you should avoid distracting patterns. Simple and plain shirt will work well. Wearing a plain army green shirt and a black or white skirt will do just fine. Or you can choose a light sundress if the temperature in your country is still host.

• Dress for the season. You should dress appropriately according to the season. Spring and summer is the best time to wear light colored and pastel shirts. You could also complete the look with a simply scarf, laced-up boots, and a vintage dress.

• Wear merchandise. If you notice that the team had provided some shirts on the souvenir booth, you can grab one and wear it on the actual play to show your immense support for the play. Most of the shirts are made out of cotton, not too thin or too thick. It should be enough to make you feel comfortable.

• Know your limitations. Even if you’re wearing casual attire, now is now the time to wear your rugged Doc Martens boots or an old pair of orange chucks. Keep it simple, neat, and acceptable. Be wary of the other audience around that will be watching the play as well.

Attending a theater does not happen every day. Hence, you should know how to dress appropriately, even if it means transferring vinyl and making your own shirts with a heat press machine. The actors and whole production team will surely appreciate their audience putting some effort into their clothes just to watch their drama. Follow our tips, and you will find the best outfit just for you!