What To Wear to the Ballet

What To Wear to the Ballet

With daily “to-dos,” like work meetings, errands, driving kiddos to extracurricular activities, or taking our pups out for their morning walks, we all have routines that can feel a bit demanding. That’s why it’s so important to break out of them when we have the chance. Finding opportunities to travel, seeing our favorite band in concert, and celebrating special occasions are a few ways we can take a break from our “to-dos” and create lasting memories. And, if you’re looking for a new way to break the mold and do something special, look no further than an evening at the ballet.

The ballet is an opportunity to experience art, culture, and entertainment. And, of course, it’s also an opportunity to dress up in your snazziest eveningwear. Whether you plan to see the Nutcracker for a magical holiday treat, or you’re thinking about going to the ballet to celebrate an anniversary or birthday (or “just because”) at a different time of year, this memorable evening calls for a memorable outfit. Read on for some outfit inspiration to help you get ready the next time you go to the ballet.

A Knee Length Cocktail Dress

When it comes to special occasions, you can’t go wrong with a knee-length cocktail dress. This hemline will provide enough coverage in case it’s a bit chilly in the theatre and is a modest yet contemporary option for semi-formal eveningwear. A long-sleeve, knee-length velvet dress in a rich burgundy or a classic black shade is spot-on for the holiday season, so if you have tickets to the Nutcracker this year, that’s the perfect opportunity to debut your shimmery velvet.

A black or navy short-sleeve, knee-length Ponte dress is another cocktail dress that works well for the ballet. Whichever style of knee-length cocktail dress you choose, complete your look with a pair of opaque tights, kitten heels, and a long, belted duster coat in a shade that complements your dress (black, navy, cream, or tan are all great choices). Don’t forget to accessorize with some dazzling drop or chandelier earrings.

A Flatter Fit and Flare Dress

Fit and flare dresses are also a fantastic choice for a special occasion like the ballet. Opt for a quarter-length sleeve fit and flare dress that falls right around the knee, with a flattering banded waist for a graceful, swingy silhouette.

Opt for a cotton-blend fit and flare dress in a classic print like evergreen plaid, or go with a more neutral black or navy. You can wear a pair of opaque or fleece-lined black tights to this look for added coverage and warmth, and complete this ballet-ready outfit with heeled black ankle booties and a pair of delicate drop earrings.

A Wide Leg Jumpsuit

For a stylish and on-trend outfit for the ballet, you’ll love how you look (and how you feel!) in a wide-leg jumpsuit. Jumpsuits are a popular option for semi-formal or even formal events and can keep you nice and cozy in a chilly theatre. They’re also incredibly versatile and easy to style with your favorite jewelry.

If you’re looking for an option for the holiday season, opt for a shimmery crushed velvet jumpsuit in a hue like evergreen or burgundy with a v-neck or a square neckline. Jumpsuits look great with most outerwear, but the shape and fit of jumpsuits work especially well with either a cropped faux fur jacket or even a smart blazer. Opt for a cotton or linen jumpsuit with a floral print or in a summer shade like marigold or slate blue for the warmer months. Even in spring or summer, don’t forget to bring a lightweight jacket or perhaps a cashmere cardigan since it can be cold inside of the theatre year-round. Complete your ballet-ready look with heeled booties, kitten heels, or patent leather loafers, and complete the look with a pair of statement earrings.

Dress Slacks With a Blouse

Another classic option for a night out at a special event is pairing some dress pants with a nice blouse. Dress pants are also a great call for the ballet if you get cold easily, especially if you opt for a pair of black wool trousers. These versatile pants work great with any of your favorite blouses, like a long-sleeve velvet button-front blouse or a crepe long-sleeve tie-neck popover blouse.

You can probably already guess how we suggest you style this look – tie this outfit together with ankle booties, kitten heels, or loafers, and add some flair with dazzling chandelier earrings or a beaded headband to truly dazzle.

Going to the ballet is a way to transport us from our day-to-day into a magical world. Whether you see the ballet as a way to celebrate the holidays or really for any occasion, these dressy – yet practical – outfit ideas will look as great as they feel.


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