What to wear to an opera?
Are you a big fan of opera? I am not. But I like it better and better when I am getting older and more sophisticated. I guess aging helped me to appreciate more arts. 😉
About 10 years ago. My husband took me to the Phantom of the Opera when they visited Shanghai and I was very impressed by it. So we were very happy to be invited to the final performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at the Detroit Opera House. I was worried it would all be in Italian. I mean I have enough trouble with my new main language that I still have the subtitles turned on when I watch TV at home but it was all in English, so it was not too bad. And even better, they also had subtitles on a screen above the stage so it helped a lot too. I enjoyed it very much and really appreciated the humorous parts of it.
When I was in Shanghai, I didn’t even think about any dress code to attend an opera. But now I’m a fashion blogger so I’m always “on”. The first thing that popped into my head was:”What to wear to an opera?” I remembered a lot of opera scenes from many different movies I’d watched over the years. It was always black tie and tails for men, and evening gowns with opera gloves for ladies, of course. Honestly I was not that into the idea of dressing up in such a formal way to see a show. That is just too much work for a night out.
So I did a little bit of digging and was happy to find out that nowadays almost nobody dresses like that anymore for an opera. Pretty much any nice dresses or skirts for women, and shirt or jacket for man will more than do the job. I did see people wear jeans that night but they were definitely in the minority. And I do like the idea that it is a nice night out so why not dress up a little bit?
For my TV host gig, I wear a lot of dresses, but for my blogging job I wear a lot of skirts. I always like the versatility of taking one skirt and pairing with different tops and accessories and you can turn it into many different outfits. I have worn this black pencil skirt before as you can see below.
Pencil skirt, especially a little longer version of it, can bring a sophisticated vibe to any outfit. Since this one is black, I can pair it with any color I want. Why not a red bag and green top? I keep my top and skirt very clean, but added on a pair of pretty dressy shoes to bring the evening wear feeling. Since the skirt has a little bow, I wore my bow shoes to echo the theme. What do you wear to an opera?
Below are some suggestion for a pencil skirt under $100.
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