Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the Opera

Reader Michelle says, “My friends and I are attending the Opera not once but twice, to see Hercules and Carmen at the end of March. Though the three of us consider ourselves fashionable, we are all at a loss for what to wear! We’re pretty young (early twenties) and have never gone to an Opera show before so any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated!”
Hey Michelle! The short answer is to dress up. While some opera goers go so far as donning floor length gowns, you can get away with an age appropriate spring cocktail dress in a cute color, along with fun accessories. For today’s Style Inspiration, I offered a few options: A Carven draped striped mini dress with Nicholas Kirkwood heels and Erickson Beamon jewelry. I also found a slightly more affordable By Malene Birger Moshia asymmetric Silk Dress from with heels by Charlotte Olympia and a Jerome Dreyfuss bag.

These outfits are pricey, so just use them to inspire your look. And if anything, you can never go wrong with a little black dress or any of the options below:

For more inspiration, take a look at these stylish celebs:

We’ve got a lot more wardrobe queries to solve, but I’d encourage everyone with a question to do a quick search to see what’s been done before. Trip to Las Vegas? We did that. Concert wear? We’ve got you too.
Check out our What to Wear section for more.
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Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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