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What To Wear To The Theatre

Whether you're a seasoned theatre enthusiast or a first-timer, figuring out what to wear to the theatre can be part of the excitement. In this guide, we'll keep it easy and stress-free to ensure you are dressed the part for your theatre attendance, making sure you feel elegant, comfortable and stylish.  

How should I dress for the theatre?

The key to nailing the theatre dress code is striking the perfect balance between sophisticated yet comfortable. Whilst you don’t need to be dressed in your finest wear (save that for weddings and garden parties) it's important that your outfit feels appropriate for the show and location.

For big glamourous musicals, opening nights and gala nights we recommend opting towards a more formal dress code, after all why should the performers be the only ones to get dressed to the nines?

If you are attending a local community theatre or musical, then it's likely that a casual approach will be more than welcome. 

Should I dress up for the theatre?

Absolutely! Whilst traditional formal dress codes are no longer the norm for theatregoers some believe that dressing up enhances the overall experience and shows respect to the performers. Now dressing up doesn’t have to mean formal attire, smart-casual or semi-formal outfits can be equally as stylish and suitable.

One of the easy ways to make an outfit theatre-appropriate is to accessorize with statement jewellery, a fun bag and a classic pair of heels.

What do you wear to the theatre in Australia?

The laidback Australian lifestyle has undeniably influenced the way people dress for various events, including an outing to the theatre. Many theatregoers in Australia are embracing smart-casual attire, combining their own personal touches and style for a unique look that is very much influenced by their surroundings.

For ladies, we recommend going for midi dresses with subtle prints or solid hues or pairing a statement blouse with a tailored pant or skirt for a modern look that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. For shoes, we recommend a comfortable yet stylish heel or loafer that will take you from dinner to the theatre with ease and support.

What do you wear to a musical or theatre?

When it comes to selecting your outfit for a musical or theatre it's important to consider the type of performance you are seeing as this will inform your attire.

TIP: Remember the theatre often involves hours of sitting so opt for more flowy silhouettes or pants with elasticated waistbands that don’t put pressure on the tummy.

A midi or maxi dress

Arguably our most favourite wardrobe item here at BB, a breezy midi or maxi dress in a timeless print or soft hue is the perfect go-to outfit that hits the theatre brief.

Flowy pants and an elevated blouse

If an ensemble is more your style then fret not because a stylish blouse and pant combination is a winning formula for meeting all the theatre requirements. For additional points of interest, experiment with tops in textures such as silk or satin and pair with classic tailored pants for an effortless chic look. 

Light Outerwear

Whilst it can get pretty stuffy inside a theatre, you’ll often be hit with a cool breeze upon exiting or during the intermission, so it's wise to consider bringing an extra layer that can easily be thrown over your outfit in the case of a cool breeze (or very strong aircon). Ponchos and capes are amongst our favourite layering items. Both stylish and functional? Yes please!


When envisioning a night at the theatre, comfortable shoes may not be the first thing on your mind. Yet, whether you're ascending a staircase resembling a mountain to reach your seat or strolling through the venue, the right choice of footwear can make all the difference.

What do you wear to a theatre for a night out?

When planning your theatre outfit for a night out, opt for a stylish dress or jumpsuit for effortless elegance. Enhance your ensemble with statement accessories and choose comfortable yet stylish heels to navigate the venue effortlessly. Whether it's a classic black dress or a jumpsuit that steals the spotlight, the key is to consider the season and theatre’s ambiance to strike a balance between comfort and sophistication.

Can I wear jeans to the theatre?

Depending on the type of musical, theatre or performance you are seeing, a stylish pair of jeans can fit the bill pretty nicely, especially when paired with an elevated silk or satin-style blouse. Style with a blazer and heels and you’ll be set.

However if jeans aren’t your preference but you’re still after a similar look, than we recommend swapping them out for wet-look pants, a stretchy maxi skirt or elasticated pants.

As the curtains close on this guide to theatre attire, we invite you to share your own fashion insights and experiences. Whether you have go-to theatre outfits that always steal the show or unique tips for achieving the perfect blend of comfort and style, we want to hear all about it.


BB xx

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