It’s not Broadway, but this performance promises to be even better because it’s your husband’s debut at the local playhouse. Bravo! And the concert on your calendar isn’t at Carnegie Hall, but you want to look your best when you snap a selfie with the fifth chair trumpet – your grandson. Whether you’re attending a young person’s music recital, a local theater troupe’s opening night, a college ballet or a high school play, you’re going to know just what to wear to a local performance or event.
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Because both of my children spent more than their share of time on the stage, I’ve got a little experience dressing for small town and university level performances. Sure, I’ve attended Broadway plays and musicals, Russian ballets and professional symphonic concerts, too. But that’s another post for another day. Today we’re focusing on what to wear to a local performance where the production value may not be quite as high, but the effort put in and the enjoyment gained rival any big ticket show in your estimation.
I’ve just put together one outfit specifically for today’s post, but I’ll have a few other options for you further down, too. As in Monday’s post on What to Wear to a Funeral or Memorial Service, I forced myself to create a audience worthy outfit from what I already have in my closet. I figure most of us don’t want to have to shop for an outfit to wear to a singular performance, but we do want to dress appropriately and look our best.
While you certainly can wear a dress or skirt to such a performance, I chose to create a festive pants outfit today. And you can never go wrong with white pants at this time of year. I’m wearing my Talbots Bristol pants. I also wore them in this post. They’re so comfortable and versatile, and they wear like an elevated chino. The Bristols run true to size for me; I’m wearing a size 8.
I think a stage performance or recital is a great opportunity to wear something colorful and festive. No, you’re not the one in the limelight. But dressing up a little indicates that you think the performance is worthy of a celebration and a little effort. I didn’t have an especially festive stand-alone blouse I wanted to wear, so I opted for this bright and cheerful floral tank from Nic+Zoe.
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I topped the Happy Splash tank with my blue Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket, but you could also top it with this more economical one or one something in your closet. And this blue linen blazer from Talbots would work nicely, too. And I do plan to wear the vibrantly colored Happy Splash tank with my white linen blazer as well. However, you do it, I think it’s smart to carry or wear a completer piece to a concert, play or recital because performance halls are known to be quite cool.
Complete your outfit with your most special shoes, whether they be strappy heels or flats, pumps or slingbacks. Wear metallic if you’d like; it’s definitely trending. Since the buttons on my jacket are silver and the only metallic sandals I have are gold, I opted for nude strappy sandals instead.
I suggest carrying a clutch or small crossbody that you can easily hold or tuck in the seat beside you since there will be nowhere to put a larger bag. If I had had something festive like this rhinestone clutch in silver I definitely would have carried it, but mine is gold.
My pretty blue and clear crystal earrings were a gift from dear friends. I think they are all the sparkle I needed to add to this outfit.
I realize that many people are dressing down for performances of all kinds these days. But I’ve never been of fan. We don’t get dressed up for these special events just to be seen and admired; we do so out of respect for the hard work and time those on the stage have put into preparing for their performance as well as in celebration of the gift they’ve given us.
Of course you can always wear a pretty dress to a local performance, too. I think either of the following are good examples of appropriate, festive dresses.
Will you look over dressed to some? Undoubtedly. But, out of respect for the performers and directors or instructors, I’d rather be a little over dressed than under in these cases.
Spring is abundant with recitals and performances of all types. But whether we’re attending a professional concert or play or an amateur recital or show, I think it’s smart to wear something that will be comfortable but also festive and pretty. What kinds of local performances will you be attending this spring? If you don’t already have one on your spring calendar, why not check the Internet or newspaper for something special to attend?
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When I spend time reflecting on the price Jesus paid for my salvation it makes me very sad at first. Oh what shame and pain and ugliness He endured for me and for you. But because Jesus’ act of obedience and sacrifice was given out of love, not compulsion, my sorrow quickly turns to joy. You see this great gift of salvation at so high a price is an amazing indicator of the love God has for me. He loves me THAT much.
We will undoubtedly never comprehend the fullness and greatness of God’s love for us. But the more we think on it and allow it to shape our minds and hearts, the healthier we become. The things of this world lose their grip on us and we are freed up to be the women we were created to be. We become free indeed, no longer in bondage to things we tend to run to for love and affirmation and security.
looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2