There are few places left where appropriate dressing follows strict guidelines. Dress codes at all but a few tony establishments have gone the way of fox stoles and men’s hats being de riguer. Religious services – with the exception of some where dress is part of the religious observance – have discontinued any dress code expectations that used to define “Sunday Best”. The work place took the road from casual Fridays to business casual and made a left at wear whatever you feel like. Schools have moved the line of having a dress code, for students and teachers alike, so far away from having a uniform that as long as you don’t reveal too much flesh you’re okay (unless it’s Halloween and then you can come as the “slutty version” of whatever you want to be).
Another hallowed ground has apparently reached the final frontier of dressing for the occasion – attending the theatre. Since I was very little attending Broadway was an event, an extravagance – an incredibly special occasion. This feeling has remained for me to this very day – which is probably why I am so very disappointed to see the seats around me filled with those who seemed not to know they were attending a Broadway show (or leaving the house, or not cleaning their garage),.
I thought I would try to be helpful and share some tips to hold on to the last great event to dress up for – attending the theatre!
Top Ten Tips For Dressing for the Theatre
10. – If any part of your ensemble fastens with Velcro you probably shouldn’t wear it to the theatre.
9. – If your outfit shows your enthusiasm for any sports team, television show or band you shouldn’t wear it to the theatre.
8. – If you felt under dressed and got the stink eye from other diners at Junior’s you shouldn’t wear that outfit to the theatre.
7. – Unless you are in the cast of Lysistrata Jones you shouldn’t wear sneakers to the theatre.
6. - If you are over 21 you probably shouldn’t wear your “fan” tee shirt to the theatre (or out of the house, but that is another post topic!).
5. - If your outfit can take you directly from the matinee to your league bowling night, you probably shouldn’t wear it to the theatre.
4. - If your slip dress looks a heck of a lot more like a slip than a dress, perhaps you should add another layer before you arrive at the theatre.
3. - If you are wearing jeans that are not dark rinse, trouser length with dress shoes and appropriate accessories they don’t belong at the theatre (if they are elastic waist, ripped, rinsed or decorated they don’t belong anywhere).
2. - If you are wearing a hat, remove it when you enter the theatre. It doesn’t matter if you are cold, if it’s part of your outfit, if you didn’t bother to comb your hair or if you are Lady Gaga - hats are removed at the theatre. (your hair style should also not obstruct other theatre goer’s views either horizontally or vertically).
1. - If your personal fragrance invades the air space within five feet of you – do not wear fragrance to the theatre.
I hope you find these basic tips helpful! If you have some you would like to add I would love to read them!