What to Wear to the Opera

If you've never been to the opera, it can be hard to decide what to wear. Is there a dress code? Am I too dressed up? Or not enough? These are some questions that are likely to run through your mind while getting ready. And to help answer those questions, we decided to put together a series that highlights the looks (and the pieces) you can always lean on when in doubt.

We've already talked about the ballet-friendly looks, and we've covered everything that one can wear to a Broadway show. A night at the opera, however, can be one of the trickiest outings to get dressed for. Though there aren't any strict dress codes, it's best to wear something on the formal side. Things to definitely keep out of the opera house? Sweatpants, casual sneakers, or distressed jeans. Keep on reading for our favorite opera looks…

An elegant satin skirt outfit

A satin skirt is an investment piece you can wear forever. Style it with an elegant top or oversize knit for the opera.

A velvet dress outfit

The easiest, chicest opera look there ever was. A velvet dress looks instantly luxe without much effort.

An elegant pick you can wear on New Year's Eve, too.

A fun, feather-embellished piece

Have some fun and try working a feather-embellished piece into your opera outfit.

An easy way to work the trend into your opera outfit.

A statement coat outfit

Have fun with a statement coat at your next opera outing.

A warm, cozy pick to wear in the chilly opera house.

A chic white blouse outfit

You can't go wrong with an elegant white blouse. Pair it with wide-leg trousers or sleek black skinnies for a simple yet chic opera outfit.

We love the corset-style waist on this one.