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re: Appropriate theatre attire - dress code?

MOXIEINTHECITY
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I'm seeing Sweeney on Monday. I've been to weekend matinees over the past few months so I felt comfortable wearing really casual clothes (cargo pants, sandals, t-shirt.)

But my Sweeney tix are for the evening show. Is there a dress code?

I'm really, really, really not a skirt and heels kind of gal.
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FOAnatic
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I don't think sandals are appropriate for any performance.

Whenever I see a show I like to go dressy casual.

Most of the times it's a nice polo shirt with khakis and a nice pair of shoes.
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waddledee524
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Oh man. Every time I see a show, it's after a long day of tourist attractions (forgive me!). Usually I'm in jeans and a t-shirt, and I usually feel out of place at the theatre. Moral of the story: don't look crappy.
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MOXIEINTHECITY
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By sandals I mean low heeled shoes but with open toes. Not flip flops or anythign like that.
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luvtheEmcee
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It's really a personal choice. There's not some set, unspoken dress code. Some people feel like you *have* to dress up out of respect, and some people just go in whatever they've got on, for one reason or another. I dress nicely when I can, but if I've come from a full day of work or classes, I'm much more likely to just go in jeans. No matter what you say, people are going to fight you on this; if you say it's okay to wear jeans, someone's going to insist that you must look nicer than that, because that's what they do. If you want to dress up, someone's going to tell you that's silly and you'll be overdressed. So... wear what you want, and what makes you comfortable, but use common sense; wear what you want but don't go in your gym clothes or your pajamas, basically.
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Updated On: 6/29/06 at 07:07 PM
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wear what you want but don't go in your gym clothes or your pajamas, basically.

I've seen people wearing clothes like this more than I enjoy to say.
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kissmycookie
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Your attire sounds more than acceptable.

How one behaves in the theatre is much more important.

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Patronus
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Moxie, keep in mind that Patti Lupone is notorious for commenting on people not displaying proper theatre etiquette in her blog.

I don't think dressing in "evening wear" is necessary, but I wouldn't suggest wearing jeans.

Your described out fit would be fine.

I see no problem with a short heel, open toed sandal.

In general, due to tourism you'll probably see everything from sweats to sequins so nothing is "shocking" anymore at the theatre, but I do try and dress nicer when I can. Especially on a Saturday night which for some reasons feels like more of an occasion.



Updated On: 6/29/06 at 07:11 PM
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kissmycookie
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But something like a plain t-shirt should be more than fine.


La LuPone would be much more upset if you walked in late, hadn't turned off your cellphone, or was chatting or eating during the performance...
ashley0139
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How one behaves in the theatre is much more important.
No kidding! So many people forget this.

For evening shows, I always wear at least black pants and sometimes a skirt or dress. But people wear everything. I mean- I always feel dressy is nice to go to the theatre, but really anything is accepted nowdays.
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popular_elphie
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I really don't think it matters. As long as you are a paying theatregoer, what's the difference? I am definitely NOT the skirt type of girl - I own two, and hardly ever wear them. I wear what's comfortable.

Just don't go dressed in pajamas or anything (unless you're seeing Sweeney and want to dress up as Toby).

I think your enjoyment and behavior watching the show should be first and foremost. If you're a loud, obnoxious person wearing a tuxedo, or a quiet, respectful, t-shirt and jeans wearing guy, who's in the right there?
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blueroses
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What Patronus says basically sums up my feelings.

Re: the heels. I hear ya. How I WISH I could wear them regularly. I'm five eight, so when I'm in heels I'm at least five ten and feel so sexy in them. But they kill my feet after a while, and I'm unfortunately prone to bouts of klutziness. I've worn nice open toed/low-heeled or kitten-heel sandals to shows during the summer and have never felt out of place.

I'm going on Sunday and am extremely excited. Enjoy the show and have a great time.
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Oh, I know cookie I'm just teasing about Lupone.

The last few times I've gone to theatre I've been dressed more casually than I typically like to so I am terrified that Patti is going to catch wind of it and come kick my ass.
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i think the main rule to remember is dont wear anything that will call more attention to yourself than the perfomance (native american headresses, a thong with jingle bells sewn into it, etc)
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I really don't think it matters. As long as you are a paying theatregoer, what's the difference?

Call me snooty, but I think there is a difference. Just because you paid doesn't mean you should be able to wear whatever rags are on your floor.

This is live theatre, not a movie theatre. There is a certain decorum. Would you go wearing whatever you felt to a nice restaurant because you're paying for food? No. Even if the restaurant has no dress code it doesn't mean you should show up in a t-shirt and baggy shorts.

I see nothing wrong with going to the theatre with a nice top and pair of jeans...but that's as "dressed down" as I'll go.

I've seen people wearing some atrocious outfits to the theatre as if they were seeing a football game.
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Updated On: 6/29/06 at 07:28 PM
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wickedobsessed
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This is how I feel- Going to a show is a special thing. Especially a night show. Go in something really nice. Its better to go a little bit more dressy than casual.
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ILoveMyDictionary
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In the summer I usually wear a nice skirt and flip flops (forgive me I can't walk in heels, I have arthrites, and all my really nice dress shoes get messy and I need those for holidays where there will be picture taking) In the winter I wear dress pants and usually clogs. As long as you don't show up in jeans and a tee and sneakers that's fine.

Updated On: 6/29/06 at 10:27 PM
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Sorry, I don't agree with the flip flops.

This ain't the beach.
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LizzieCurry
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Not all flip flops are created equal!

Personally, I hate flip flops, but it's such a loose definition that I think some would be okay at the theatre. Some. And not at all shows, either.
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Stagedoor2
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This may have been something that has been programmed in deep by my mother for years, but I wouldn't think of not dressing up a bit for the theater.

The way I look at it is that I am visiting these people at their place of employment and I want to show them some respect by looking my best. If they were to visit me at my job, I would expect the same from them.

That being said, I can name one instance where I wore jeans to the theater and that was where a Saturday afternoon freed up and I was able to see a matinee when I wasn't planning on it. Had my mother known, she would have flown to NYC and made me change at intermission. Again, that's just how I was brought up. To each his own.
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millie_dillmount
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I wore flip-flops when I saw the Wedding Singer. They went with the outfit I had. I had a nice pink tank top on, a little knitted shrug, and khaki pants. If your outfit is right, I don't see a problem with flip-flops. Especially since none of my other shoes went with my outfit.
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starletta8
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I used to be very strict on the "must dress up for the theatre" bandwagon. Then, my perspective changed.

I wholeheartedly agree with those who say that it's far more important how you act at the performance. Shouldn't we want to expose Broadway to as many different groups of people as possible? As long as someone is clean, neat, and wearing something other than workout clothes or pyjamas, it's ok in my book.

As we all know, things happen. You may get a last-minute ticket or not want to haul clothes around the rest of the day so you can be dressed up. For those of us that don't live within a quick subway ride, it's not practical. I'm certainly not taking a train home to change.

I think we should have a little leeway in the summer. It's unbearably hot. People need to stay cool. That doesn't mean wear almost obscene shorts, but if someone is wearing flat sandals that appear to be of the flip-flop persuasion, give them the benefit of the doubt (I agree that not all flip-flops are equal. I tend to wear ones that have beaded fabric on them- a bit dressier. They also don't make the trademark noise.).

I think people judge others way too harshly on this. There are often mitigating circumstances. You don't know someone's story. As long as that person is respectful during the performance, take your fashion critiques back to the runway.

(FWIW, I frequently wear dark jeans and heeled boots during winter, and flip-flop esque sandals during the summer. I've also worn capris to the theatre. Condemn me all you want, but it was nearly 100 and I have medical problems and can't physically take the heat. I needed to be in easily movable clothing, and a skirt isn't good if you know there's a real chance of collapse.)
Cenoern
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I wear whatever I feel like wearing to the theater - usually jeans and a t-shirt, or shorts and a t-shirt if it's the summer. Sneakers or flip-flops if I want.

I do not talk during the performance, I never bring my cell phone, I don't eat or disrupt the show in any way whatsoever.

Nobody has said anything to me yet, and if they did I'd just remind them I'm a paying theatergoer who is causing no distress to anyone around him except the nosy bastard who felt like commenting on my attire.
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I think sandals are more dressy than flip flops. But- it depends what they look like

These would be ok



These would not

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Updated On: 6/29/06 at 11:34 PM
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xM3L24x
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Honestly, I think it's stupid to get into such detail of what's appropriate to wear. Not everyone all the time for whatever reason can wear the right pants, shoes, shirts, etc. I think you should just try to look presentable, and you'll be fine.

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