What to Wear to a Dinner Theater


Ah, a night at the theater. It evokes sophistication, elegance and the most fabulous of fashion choices. An evening of theater may be for indulging in the arts, but let's face it fashionistas, it's really a time to put your best style foot forward. While you want to appear flawlessly dressed, you also don't want to look too formal or stuffy. So take some style cues that will make your night at the theater a fashion highlight.


A classic is always appropriate and never goes out of style. Yes, the always flattering and reliable little black dress works well for many occasions, including a night at the theater. LBDs come in many cuts and styles, so there are definitely some that fit the theater atmosphere. Since the theater is more of a formal setting, you want to avoid wearing a dress that's too short, so mini styles are discouraged. Quick tip: Theaters tend to be chilly, so carry a chic shawl or opt for an LBD with sleeves.

Tea-Length Dress

The design of a tea-length dress is flirty, feminine and absolutely adorable. The way it kisses the calves and slightly fans out makes it an ideal dress to wear for a hot night out at the theater. A tea-length dress is also a stylish middle ground between a maxi-dress and a mini. One of the best things about this design is that it flatters most figures, so you don't have to worry about how your body looks and can instead enjoy the show. Quick tip: Because of the somewhat voluminous bottom of the dress, keep your shoes with minimal details to avoid a cluttered appearance.

Feminine Tuxedo

Tuxedos are not just for the fellas. The feminine tuxedo trend is not a new one, but there seem to be modern incarnations of it every season. It's also a great way to experiment with something new for theater attire while shaking up gender roles in fashion. A feminine tuxedo is all about the fit; it should form to the curves of the body, offering a sexy, sleek look that is great for a festive night out the theater. The tuxedo is the star, so keep accessories minimal. Quick tip: To add a little drama to your tux, pair with shoes in a bright, bold shade.

Pencil Skirt and Blouse

The easiest way to go from the office to the theater is to wear a chic pencil skirt and blouse combo. This look is elegant with clean lines and a flattering silhouette that is dressy enough for the theater but casual enough to still be comfortable. The theater is full of glitz and glam, so incorporate that by experimenting with sequins and other sparkly embellishments for a standout look. Quick tip: Add some accessories that are appropriate for a night out, like a clutch bag and strappy stilettos.

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