Dressing for the theater

February 15th, 2011

On Sunday Mr. Improbable and I went to see “Ti-Jean and His Brothers” at Central Square Theater. It’s a wonderful show!

And though I was excited to see it, I was even more excited that the sidewalks were clear enough to wear non-weather boots, specifically, this fun pair of cowboy boots I bought on eBay:

This entire outfit–boots, dress, cardigan–came from eBay. I bought the fiber-art necklace on Etsy and the tights are from We Love Colors. The bangles are from World Market.

“Ti-Jean” is set in the Caribbean, and if it hadn’t been for the weather, I’d have tried to wear something more … island-y. I believe in dressing up for the theater: in the performing arts, the audience is part of the experience, and I want to be a good part of yours. At the very least, I do not want to actively detract from the aesthetic experience. This, I think, is basic theater etiquette. Where I like to go a little above and beyond that is in trying to actually dress a bit in the spirit of the play. Not so’s it looks like I wandered out of the greenroom by mistake, but–well, this would have been an outfit I’d more likely wear to “Oklahoma!” or perhaps “Of Mice and Men.” The Russian shawl when seeing Chekhov, red lipstick and slicked-down hair for “Cabaret,” flamboyant colors and “statement jewelry” for “Taming of the Shrew,” and so on.

It’s my thing.


3 Responses to “Dressing for the theater”

  1. Kimocean on February 15, 2011 7:36 pm

    Great outfit and I especially love the necklace and the ruffles on your skirt. Would you be willing to share the name of the Etsy seller who made the necklace?

    I enjoy the opportunity to dress up a little when going to the theater. I haven’t specifically aimed to do so, but I often find that I have dressed to match the mood of the production.

  2. Robin on February 15, 2011 7:50 pm

    It’s BabyEtte: http://www.etsy.com/people/BabyEtte?ref=ls_profile . Sorry I didn’t post that before!

  3. Elle on February 23, 2011 10:10 am

    I love how you dress for the theatre! And your outfit makes me wish I suited orange. I’ll have to find a colour I can wear to give my grey outfits the same kind of lift!

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