What to wear to the theater

Going to the theater is a very special event for Guy and I. For us, the tradition started on the night of our engagement. After Guy asked me to marry him, we went off to a lovely evening at the theater. We went to see the Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) ballet dancers and the OBT Orchestra perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to Tchaikovsky. Since then, we haven’t missed a Nutcracker and we try to go to as many shows as our pockets allow throughout the year.

As a former dancer, I have always loved the beauty and class of going to performances. As a little girl, if I wasn’t performing, I would often don tights, a fancy dress, and a certainly a bow in my hair. Even living in a laid back small town on the coast, I remember audience members dressing more formally to watch their children dance. Dressing to the theater can be a bit challenging, especially if you live in a typically casual city like Portland. When choosing what to wear to the theater, we are sending a message to the orchestra, the performers, and the production staff what we think about their hard work and performances. With this in mind, I think it is always best to choose to dress more formally.

"What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language." —Miuccia Prada

This does not mean that theater attire needs to be expensive! Just recently, Guy and I went to see Phantom of the Opera (which was without a doubt the most incredible performance I have ever seen) and the dress I wore, I purchased for $4.00 at a local thrift shop (check it out below). You read that right, the same price as your morning cappuccino. The shoes I wore were at least five years old. The only new item I was wearing was this beautiful Eiffel Tower Limited Edition Kate Spade bag that was a birthday gift from Guy. Most of the other outfits I have worn have varied in price, but the most expensive dress I have ever worn to the theater was around $100.

It can be done! It just takes a little more effort. Check out all of the looks I have wore to the theater since that special evening with Guy at The Nutcracker in 2015.

The Nutcracker, December 2015


The Nutcracker, 2016


Jersey Boys, April 2017

Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys

OBT Orchestra La La Land, September 2017


The Nutcracker, December 2017


 Phantom of the Opera, 2018

Red Dress
Kate Spade Eiffel Tower Purse
Red Dress
Red Dress