Ah, dress codes—a tricky fashion territory to navigate, especially if you've never been to [insert event]. From a function that lists black-tie dressing as its dress code to chic, sleek midi cocktail dresses you can lean on when the invite says "cocktail attire," we make it a goal of ours to help map out exactly what to wear and when. Today's WTW (what to wear) focus? What to wear to the ballet.
Fashion items to immediately take out of the equation? Sneakers are a no, no, as are casual sandals (so don't show up in flip-flops), and now's not the time to sport those logo tees—save them for another occasion. Instead, opt for sleek, elegant, timeless pieces—it's as simple as that. You don't necessarily have to dress super fancy or formal to the ballet, just wear something that's sartorially respectful.
Ahead, see simple but chic outfits you can wear to the ballet and shop the key piece in each, from an LBD to a classic office staple.
The little black dress
As a classic wardrobe staple that will always look chic, an LBD is an easy, smart pick when choosing what to wear to the ballet. Dress it up with the addition of sparkly jewels, elegant pumps, and/or a pretty shawl (it can get chilly), and you're ready to go.
A sleek silk/satin dress
Not a fan of an LBD? Or just want to go in a different direction? No problem. A silk dress is another classic that we definitely recommend wearing to the ballet. Just like an LBD, it's simple to dress up but also looks great on its own.
A refined blazer
Dress up a pair of simple black pants and top look with a refined blazer—an A+ outfit to wear to the ballet. Plus, it can get quite chilly during the performance, so you'll be happy to have that extra layering piece with you.
Elegant velvet pieces
Velvet, whether in the form of a wrap dress, a blazer, or plunging one-piece jumpsuit, is oh so perfect for the ballet. Why? Because the fabric is luxe, romantic, and classy.