Style Saturday is back for one week! I wanted to share another style approach to an evening at the ballet or the theatre and show that there are quite a few ways to dress to the occasion without being over-the-top, black tie formal. Whenever I speak to people about attending the ballet (which is quite a lot…), I consistently hear that being inappropriately dressed, either too casually or too formally, is a concern. Typically a company won’t turn you away because of an outfit choice, but it’s always nice to feel comfortable amongst everyone else in your choices! This is another way to tackle business casual without feeling out of your element…
If my previous Style File Friday homage to my love of plaid wasn’t clear enough, I adore plaid- I find that it’s an incredibly versatile fabric/print and can be used for a wide range of styles and looks. I usually go for more of a cocktail look for RWB productions, but given the more intimate venue and theme of the show, I wanted a low-key look that’s still elegant!
Plaid Classic Button-Down Shirt in Perfect Fit (in Black Tartan), J Crew Factory
This is a lightweight and soft tartan shirt that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on what look you are going for! (I will be 100% honest, it took about a year and a half for me to actually get this shirt because I couldn’t find it at regular J Crew and it took forever to come in stock on the Factory site. It was backordered for a month before it shipped, if that indicates the level of popularity….) Even though I am kind of a freezy pants all of the time, I find theatres can be rather warm- this shirt cuts the breezes while still letting you breathe.
Floral Jacquard Flared Skirt, RW&Co
This is a very recent purchase, and I could not love it more. It is a gorgeous floral jacquard flared party skirt that is perfect for any holiday party that you might attend, but also for events like the ballet and the theatre throughout the year. Hitting straight at knee level, it’s a comfortable skirt that holds its shape well. The pockets are spacious and fit my phone without showing it (a “problem” that a lot of women seem to ignore when it comes to pockets in skirts and dresses…). It is a more expensive piece at $89.90 CAD but is certainly an investment piece, and one that you may be able to catch on sale if you keep an eye on the site/stores.
The finishing touch of course was my longer strand of pearls and my Marks and Spencer heels! A very kind woman who was also attending the premiere complimented me on my shirt and my outfit as a whole, which was a lovely personal highlight of the evening.
How do you strike a balance between casual and cocktail?