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Proper Attire for attending the Met?

Discussion in 'Suits' started by WH1, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. WH1

    WH1 Practically Family

    I need some information on suitable attire for attending an evening performance of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Met in NYC next week. We have very good seats in the Center Parterre and I want to make sure I am properly dressed. It is not an opening night performance so I believe the dinner jacket would be overdressing (too bad as I have a new BB peak lapel I would love to wear). I am leaning towards a 3 pc Navy linen suit, cream colored shirt, brown or black captoes (well polished) and a tie (possibly a bow).

    Any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated, I want it to be a memorable evening especially for my lovely wife who has been looking forward to this for several months now.
  2. Your outfit sounds fine. You will probably be better dressed than most of those in attendance.
    Enjoy the show. :)
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  4. Nick D

    Nick D Call Me a Cab

    Indeed. I went to Hamlet at the Novello in London, wearing a 3-piece, bow, and homburg. There were a few other people dressed for the occassion, but it was mostly jeans and t-shirts. The people sitting right in front of me were wearing track suits :(
  5. I think that the tux would be good, especially if you were continuing the evening after the Met.
  6. Aureliano

    Aureliano I'll Lock Up

    I go to the opera a few times a year. I find that almost always only a handfull of people dress up. Jeans and shirts are all over the place and even baseball caps!. I always wear a 3 pc suit, tie and a fedora. My wife, a nice black dress. Your outfit sounds perfect. You'll have a great time. The opera your seeing is fantastic.
  7. Geesie

    Geesie Practically Family

    Agree completely. So what if it's not opening night? It's opera at the Met.
  8. Munich

    If you ever get a chance, take in an opera in Munich. It's a magnificent opera house, with really big public spaces and lobbies. Everyone dresses to the nines. I mean really elegant. And they serve the most mind bogglingly delicious goodies in the cafe at intermission! That really holds true for all of Germany, I guess. I would expect that's the case for all of Europe.
  9. Aureliano

    Aureliano I'll Lock Up

    I've seen guys in jeans and a button down at opening night.
  10. Black shoes after 6:00 PM.
  11. WH1

    WH1 Practically Family

    Ah good point!

    Also it is not the opera Romeo and Juliet it is the ballet by Prokofiev as performed by the American Ballet Theater. Unfortunatley they didn't have any opera scheduled during the 10 days we will be in the city.
  12. Carlisle Blues

    Carlisle Blues My Mail is Forwarded Here

    That is such a beautiful production. Dressing for the occasion always enhances the performance. :eusa_clap
  13. Canadian

    Canadian One of the Regulars

    I attend a few local symphony productions once in a while. Often, it's a chance for some middle-aged folk to wear their best, and that usually means a dinner jacket, matching trousers and bow. I wore a black suit to the symphony ball, and was underdressed. People here take the symphony seriously.

    Of course, while working in Edmonton, I had seats at their symphony and wore a basic grey suit. I was the best dressed person, save a few in the $150/seat dress circle. Yes, I was in the cheap seats, but most of the senior citizens and regular adults who were seated in my section wore button downs and khakis.

    When I was in prep school, we went to the Calgary symphony on a field trip. For a matinee, I wore a white shirt, black slacks and basic issue field boots. Some of the other schools wore blue blazers and slacks, but my school was more bohemian than that.

  14. You probably will be better dressed than most of the other men, alas. Your ensemble sounds perfectly correct. I attended the opening preformance of "La Boheme" at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco last fall. I was seated in the Grand Tier and behind me sat a man in shorts, a tank top and sandals. The end of the world is near. :rage:
  15. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    Is this a trick question?

    Get a pedicure if you're wearing flip flops. ;)
  16. WH1

    WH1 Practically Family

    Trick question?????[huh] Genuinely unsure of acceptable attire for the Met these days. Another example of the chaos created by the total breakdown of proper etiquette in our society, and I thought Afghanistan is bad.

    Also never flip flops with black tie that is gauche, always swim fins!
  17. I thought flip flops were de rigueur at all the best "black tie casual" beach weddings.
  18. GBR

    GBR One of the Regulars

    Over doing it really - you will stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. Maybe tone it down by dropping the weaistcoat (vest)?
  19. David V

    David V A-List Customer

    You will look appropriate and thus make all the sore thumbs stand out.
  20. There's really three ways to go about it. You can dress appropriately for attending an opera at the Met and ignore the peanut gallery, dress to fit in with everyone else and BE the peanut gallery, or (hopefully in combination with No1) you can dress so that whatever you're wearing matches where you're wearing it. Sadly that last one IS necessary since I've seen some people try to dress up and wind up clashing horribly with the location.

    Imho ignore the peanut gallery. Your actions and how you carry yourself determine whether you look out of place, pretentious, or respectable.

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