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What do you wear to the Ballet at Royal Opera House?

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beachfairy Tue 02-Aug-11 17:33:56

Does anyone know what the dress code is for the Opera House for men and women? I'm guessing a dress but not sure what sort of style? I'm a tall size 10 and clueless if anyone has any links? (Also, I'm hopeless with shoes so any hints on those too would be good?)

Thank you muchly!

tulpe Tue 02-Aug-11 17:37:27

anything goes at the ROH. DH took me a few years ago for a wedding anniversary and I wore a cocktail dress because he had bought it for me as part of the surprise smile But there were people there in the full range from jeans to black tie.

Personally, I love dressing up to go to the theatre but I think you need to consider what you are comfortable in and go from there.

I don't think there is a dress code and I think what people wear is v mixed, with some in jeans (though I wouldn't) and others really dressed up to the nines. Personally, I'd go with a nice dress and heels. Men - I'd say smartish trousers and a shirt but not a tie unless he wants to.

Tulpe envy

tulpe Tue 02-Aug-11 17:43:59

If it makes you feel better Remus it hasn't been repeated since grin

Although he did arrange dinner on a desert island in the Maldives for my 40th so can't complain too much as he does have his moments........just wish they were more frequent than once every 5 years!!

LIZS Tue 02-Aug-11 17:45:31

Depends where you are sitting and if it is a gala or not . The further up the less formal , jeans perfectly acceptable at the top !

smile Aha - are you the red maxi dress lady? If so, I remember that!

tulpe Tue 02-Aug-11 17:56:56

I am!

<<apologies to beachfairy for thread hijack blush >>

Sorry, BeachFairy.

Tulpe - you looked fab in that red dress.

Dp booked a surprise trip to Prague for my 40th but I didn't get a new dress for it!

valiumredhead Tue 02-Aug-11 18:38:32

Anything you like - it won;t be wrong. Have a nice time smile

beachfairy Tue 02-Aug-11 18:45:28

Thank you.. I have no idea where we will be sitting but I do fancy using this as a v good excuse to treat myself to a 'proper' dress and feel like spending a few quid more than I normally would (I don't get many opportunities to dress up).

I also assume then that chinos and a nice shirt will do for DH?

polyhymnia Tue 02-Aug-11 18:47:30


Sounds perfect!

Do you have a dress in mind?

beachfairy Tue 02-Aug-11 18:56:01

Thanks Remus

I do quite fancy going the whole hog and buying a Diane Von Furstenburg or similar dress (as an 'investment' grin) but I really don't know where to start...

Ooh yes - get a Westwood! Hang on - I'll see if can find a pic of the one I really, really want (and can't have).

beachfairy Tue 02-Aug-11 18:57:48

Also, tried this on and it is v flattering but not sure if it is the right sort of style and no idea what to pair it with....


beachfairy Tue 02-Aug-11 18:58:48

Sorry here it is

The Reiss one is scrummy.

polyhymnia Tue 02-Aug-11 19:03:20

I think that is absolutely gorgeous, but might look a little OTT at the ROH from my experience - unless a gala. But it would be an investment, for sure.

beachfairy Tue 02-Aug-11 19:11:48

How about this one

polyhymnia was it the reiss one which you thought might be OTT? Also, excuse my ignorance but what is a gala?

twittergirl Tue 02-Aug-11 19:14:36

I go all the time and you can wear what you want. Some people are in jeans and some are very dressed up. I usually wear a skirt or dress. It tends to be more dressy at the weekends than mid-week, but there really is no dress code as such.

Less fond of the DVF one - tis a bit severe looking.

Did neither of you like the VW one? I waaaaaaaaaaaaant it!

beachfairy Tue 02-Aug-11 20:13:10

The VW is very, very nice - just don't think I could carry it off.

What about this one

Please keep any suggestions coming smile

I just think it would be easy to look frumpy in the DVF ones, although you are tall and slim and I am short and curved, so you almost certainly won't look frumpy!

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