Outfits: Attending the Symphony (at Home)

I love attending cultural events. It’s one of the very few activities that I get excited to leave the house for. The Mrs. and I get all dressed up, her in a favorite dress, me usually in a blazer and tie. We often go for dinner or drinks first, parking somewhere that we can walk to both dinner and the venue. We spend an evening enjoying a lovely performance while sitting quietly (but not passively) together. It’s an introvert couple’s dream date.

The current response to the COVID-19 situation has (correctly) shut down nearly all options for getting out of the house to enjoy a cultural event. People easily think of replacing going to the movies with “Netflix and chill”, but movies are a really different experience than live music or theater.

Last week, I saw a news story about a live-streamed symphony performance and the idea for recreating our perfect date night popped into my head.

We could “attend” the symphony in our living room. There’s actually an irony in this situation because usually leaving the house to attend a performance is our least favorite part!

Why not get dressed up, cook a great dinner together and then enjoy the London Symphony Orchestra straight from the comfort of your couch?!

It was incredibly exciting to see “London Symphony Date Night” on our calendar this week. I’m grateful for the chance to experience something new, to stretch our boundaries, and, of course, to get dressed up.

So what’s a dandy butch wear to a symphony performance?

Unlisted Kenneth Cole Chambray Sport Coat ($53). Croft & Barrow Dress Shirt ($13). OOTA Tie ($24). Wristology Watch ($20). Dockers Easy Khaki Pants ($24). The Tie Bar Gold Shot Tie Bar ($15). Cole Haan Wagner Grand Penny Loafer ($120). KM Legend Dress Belt ($15).

And her better half? What’s “gussied up” mean to a femme?

J.Crew Pave Resin Statement Earrings ($41). Gal Meets Glam CollectionYvonne Bow One Shoulder A-Line Midi Dress ($158). Nordstrom Metallic Lightweight Wrap (Gold) ($39). Nine West Leisa Ankle Strap Sandals ($79).

While it’s lovely to get dressed up and recreate a lovely evening out on the town, don’t be afraid to take advantage of the chance to enjoy an amazing night of symphony music in a more laidback way. Ice cream and PJs are an absolutely appropriate alternative!

The London Symphony Orchestra is replaying prior events twice a week right now. Check it out over at their website and treat yourself to an incredible performance by a great orchestra in the comfort of your own home.


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