Best movie night outfits vary with company
Going to the movies is a great way to escape reality for two hours. Who doesn’t love that? But going there requires a reality check on what to wear. The challenges are on several burners. First, AC can be so strong that even someone used to subarctic conditions ends up feeling uncomfortable. Another aspect to think about is your company and what you do when you come out of the cinema. Are you going with your significant other, the girls, friends, your kids or grand kids? Will you go out for dinner or a drink afterwards or stir home? Depending on the answers to these questions your outfit should be dressy or casual.
Dressy at the movies
Movie night with your significant other or girl friends calls for dressing up. Keep in mind what the significant other or your girl friends might wear to not look out of place. A printed dress with cardigan or a loose skirt with top and cardigan are casual, but feminine and dressy, and still work for a drink after the movies as well. The cardigan protects from chilly AC or later in the evening. It can be knotted around the shoulders or hips when it is too warm.
The OOTD shown in the above photo is great for going to a movie in one of Alaska’s roadhouses. Often their showrooms are not well insulated and/or heated. Here I am wearing a dress under my sheath dress.
The photos below show some other suggestions.
Victoria Victoria Beckham silk print dress with dyed Moda International cardigan, and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own) for a dressy movie outfit with the significant other
Don’t Stare fit-and-flare dress with brown bow and Clarks booties, GNW tights and dyed Moda International cardigan, and Clarks booties (all own) for a dressy, but casual look at the movies
Accessories for going to the movies shouldn’t cause noise
Like the light of cell phones or their ring are annoying at the movies, so are accessories that cause noise. Thus, leave your noisy arm party at home when you go to the movies.
Accessorize with a matching necklace and studs or long earrings with bangles/bracelets. Flats, Keds or Vans look cute and are great for a walk to the restaurant or bar in warm climate. But low heel sandals or booties are great options too when you can walk in heels. When you live in cold climate and/or during the cold season wear tights in a matching color to the dress or skirt to elongate your legs. Get a saddle bag, bucket bag, Boho bag or any type of bag that does not read office, sport, travel or evening bag.
Go dressier for your significant other than with the girls, and lean more to dressy casual when you are going with friends.
Casual at the movies
While the above outfit suggestions are easy to dress down towards more casual, skirts or dresses are often unpractical when you have to watch kids at the movies. Cleaning a dress or skirt often means a trip to the dry cleaner. Thus, go for jeans with a nice top or T-shirt plus a cardigan/jacket. Accessorize with an infinity scarf or knot your scarf to reduce the risk to loose it when running after kids prior/after the movie. Necklaces could be ripped by toddlers. You will have to reach for the kids several times during the movie when they get frightened/excited. Thus, bangles would be too noisy. Desert boot, Keds, Vans or booties allow you to move fast. If you can run after the bus in heels, heels are fine too. Go for a shoulder or even better a cross-body bag to keep your hands free.
Do you often go to the movies? With whom and what do you wear? Let me know by email, I am curious.
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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)
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