Appropriate Attire for Seeing the Ballet
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:31 AM
Also, what should I tell the teens to wear? I'm assuming jeans are a faux pas... Normally, attendees to our civic theater wear casual/work attire, but I imagine a bigger venue is more formal. :shrug:
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:40 AM
For the teens, I think "no jeans" is right on - and no bear midriffs or t-shirts of that "certain" kind, either. Naturally, I'm speaking as a parent! :sweating:
What a nice thing for you to be doing! Please be sure to report back on your whole experience, too! :yes:
Edited by BW, 06 November 2003 - 11:45 AM.
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:45 AM
I would agree that jeans might stick out, so if you can persuade the teens to be a bit more formal, that would be good. For teens, the more important thing might be that if they are dressed more formally, they might act more formally (or maybe not...I'm told that formal clothing sometimes encourages formal behavior...)
If they want to dress up, they should by all means enjoy the opportunity to do so.
As a frequent balletgoer at the Kennedy Center, I truly don't care what people wear as long as they conduct themselves appropriately.
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:47 AM
Anyway, isn't it too cold for that stuff?!?!?
Posted 06 November 2003 - 11:48 AM
Posted 06 November 2003 - 12:07 PM
At the Metropolitan Opera, no less!
Posted 06 November 2003 - 12:30 PM
I have yet to see sweat suits or bathing suits, though.
My personal unwritten code is that the Met is a tad dressier than other NYC venues, matinees can be more casual than evenings, and you dress according to where you are sitting/standing.
Black slacks and a nice sweater would be appropriate no matter where you sit.
Posted 06 November 2003 - 12:31 PM
And good for you for getting them there. I saw the production in Detroit, I hope you are as pleased as I was.
Posted 06 November 2003 - 12:46 PM
This also brings to mind the amusing panoply of audience attire here in Portland...Artsy meets Boardroom meets NikeSwooshers meets aging TreeHugger Hippie ...meets Canfield era GothPunk. Is this a ballet audience or the StarWars Canteena Scene!?
A Button down Watermill in his Hermes Tie
Posted 06 November 2003 - 12:47 PM
That said, the quietly casual -- your black slacks and sweater -- is just fine.
Posted 06 November 2003 - 12:53 PM
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Posted 06 November 2003 - 03:36 PM
I'm going to dissent, in part, about dressing up. I agree that it can have salutary effects on behavior. However, since I travel some distance, often on public transportation, and am usually coming right from the office, where I don't have to dress up as a rule, I've appeared in some pretty casual wear (and I've seen jeans at the War Memorial Opera House, although not on me).
In my experience, people new to attending, including teens, have a lot of anxiety about What to Wear, and hearing "no need to dress to the nines" can be reassuring. It seems to make it more of an everyday event in a good way – that is, not something that is only done rarely and with elaborate preparations beforehand. Even in prime seating I don't feel the need to dress like Mr. and Mrs. Venture Capitalist down the row, and even if I wanted to make a fancy evening of it with dinner beforehand I'd not be able to afford that and the tickets, too. (I also feel morally superior. Often as not, those people are there to See and Be Seen. I'm there for the art.) So I'd say dress down if you like, and don't stress out about it in any case.
As noted, the color black can be usefully deceptive.
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