Style Guide: What to Wear to the Theatre

There’s an extensive and marvellous history of people putting on their best clothes to go and see a show at the theatre. The first balcony of a traditional West End theatre in London is usually called the Dress Circle, after the stunning, impressive gowns worn by the opulent Victorian ladies who once sat there.

However, these days, there’s no requirement for top hats and tails, satin or pearls. Although a fair few people do like to wear smart clothes for a visit to the theatre, feel free to wear whatever you feel relaxed in. And in the warm summer months, wearing light, comfy clothing is a real positive.

We’ve chosen some of our favourite pieces from Hampstead Bazaar to help you put together the perfect, comfortable yet chic and showbiz look.

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A nice dress

Shows at the theatre can be really long, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got something you’re happy to sit in for up to three hours. You’ll also want to make sure you’re not wearing material that will crease when you stand up after all that sitting, for your after-show drinks, too! Avoid wearing materials that may stick to the seat or leave you feeling too warm. It’s best to not wear leather and pleather clothing, especially in the hotter summer months.

Our kaftan dress is a great choice and comes in two stunning different materials – cotton or silk. The silk option is featured in a range of unique prints, which ooze opulent glamour.

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An outer layer

It can get a little chilly at the theatre, especially if you’re heading to a particularly old or big one, so it’s advised to take something to wrap around you to keep you at a nice temperature. Our range of women’s cashmere jumpers is ideal for this, as they will add sophistication to your look as well as warmth, something that’s harder to do with a chunkier knit. Why not opt for a contrasting colour to your dress, to add an extra layer of interest?

Comfortable shoes

If you’re heading to a theatre in London, you may well end up wandering the cobbled streets of the city, and this is pretty tough to do in high heels! Therefore, it’s a good idea to choose a thicker heel or to skip heels altogether and go for flats. There are loads of glamorous flat shoes on the market now, which will help keep your outfit looking fabulous and fancy, as you last the evening on your feet with ease.

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Fancy accessories

Carefully chosen accessories can easily transform your look from comfy and casual, to chic and fabulous. If you’re opting for a plain outfit, this can make choosing accessories a little easier, as you won’t have to worry as much about clashing patterns and prints. However, as a general rule, a nice thick chunky necklace, or a sophisticated and sleek scarf is great to dazzle up the top half of your body, drawing attention to your facial features.

Now that you know what you can wear from Hampstead Bazaar to the theatre, the only thing left to do is choose a show. What West End production are you most excited to see?

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