When you are a hard-die Hollywood fan, it’s a Must to watch the Oscar nominations and winner at the cinema. This post covers how to dress for the movies depending on your company and the plans prior and after the show.
- Best movie night outfits vary with company
- Dressy at the movies
- Accessories for going to the movies shouldn’t cause noise
- Casual at the movies
- Cute outfit ideas for the cinema
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. Third, 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 watching the film 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 photos is great for going to watch 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.
Outfit inspirations what to wear at the cinema
The photos below show some other suggestions. Wearing a statement skirt and keeping everything else casual makes a (risky, but fun) outfit for the occasion.
The next example shows a dressy outfit that permits going out with the significant other.
The next inspiration presents a dressy outfit for film night with mixed prints and pattern. Learn more on mixing prints and patterns in the guide at this link.
If you like these inspirational looks, please pin them to your Pinterest board.
Try a vintage fit-and-flare dress for a Romantic Style look for date night.
The example below features a cute, dressy idea for a dinner-movie evening on the town.
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.Accessories for going to the film theater shouldn't cause noise. #lifestyle Click To Tweet
Accessorize with a matching necklace and studs or long earrings with bangles/bracelets. More on which ear jewelry is best in the guide at the link. 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. #movienight Click To Tweet
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. More on how to up your style with scarves in this guide. 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.
Cute outfit ideas for the cinema
Here some cute outfit ideas to recreate from pieces in your own closet.
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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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