We don’t need a reason to dress up, but we’re glad to have one anyway. And this time, it comes in the form of the Dubai Opera. Don’t get us wrong, you don’t have to dress up for the opera. In fact, some people show up to the theatre wearing casual jeans and a t-shirt. But amidst wooden floors, velvet curtains and golden latticework, we imagine ourselves in something a little more elegant. If that’s how you feel too, check out our tips on how to dress for the newly opened auditorium.
Little fancy dress: It’s time to get your classiest and fanciest little dress out. Remember, you don’t want a dress that’s too short or too revealing. Opera is a high-end art form. So we recommend keeping it elegant with a midi dress and soft off the shoulders neckline like this Paper Dolls crochet number on asos.com.
Dinner jacket: You don’t have to wear a tux to the Opera. But it would be nice to suit up for the theatre. So, opt for a dinner jacket and suit pants instead. Choose a unique piece that stands out from the crowd. Where else could you wear this Dolce & Gabbana 2017 gold number?
Classic jewellery: Do wear jewellery to the Opera, even if you don’t want to look too over the top. Simply pair a simply dress with classic jewellery such as pearls. We love this particular one from Mikura. It’s an effortless statement piece.
Derby shoes: If you’re wearing a dinner jacket or suit to the Opera, match them with traditional derby shoes such as this Stemar patent leather pair from Level shoe district. If you’re going for casual attire, you can still opt for less-dressy Derby shoes.
The gown: Go all out for the Opera with a maxi dress. You don’t want to seem like you’re trying too hard, though, so go for a simple gown such as this low cut backless number on asos.com. Pair it with bright red lipstick, retro hair, diamonds earrings, and you’re good to go.
Casual suit: You don’t have to wear a traditional tux to the Opera. You can opt for a modern and more casual designed suit such as this Dolce & Gabbana creation. It’s artsy, young, and has an effortless feel to it. Yet it’s still formal as ever.
Diamonds: Jewellery can make an outfit, especially when it’s a pair of diamond-set Emerald earrings by Graff. But you don’t have to go that luxurious. A subtle sparkle will do, whether it’s a thin diamond bracelet or stud earrings.
Men’s accessories: Watches are among the few accessory options most men opt for. For the Opera, we recommend opting for a silk scarf to add character to a simple black suit. This maroon silk scarf by Gucci is so light you will forget it’s even there, except when people compliment you about it. Pair the scarf with a bowtie for an old-school traditional look.
Statement shoes: Whether you’re going for a simple or glamorous look, go for statement shoes. We like these velvet sandals from Dries Van Noten available at Level Shoe District. If you don’t want to dress up for the Opera, a pair like this one will liven up any simple outfit for you.