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Story by Christie Moeller
The right style for the big show
You’ve got season tickets in hand, dinner plans locked in and after-show cocktails planned — you’re all set for The Smith Center’s Broadway Series. Just one minor thing: what to wear. Tuxedo or jeans? Gown or maxi dress? Louboutins or flip-flops? Dressing for the theatre can be a bit daunting.
“Just like all other major performing arts centers in North America, there is no dress code for attending events at The Smith Center. We want people to be comfortable, but appropriate for the time of the year and type of performance they are attending,” says Myron Martin, Smith Center CEO and president. Although The Smith Center has no “official” dress code, there’s definitely a certain level of chic expected when attending the theater. Here are some tips for achieving a look that’s truly Broadway-worthy.
Opening night: Go for the glamour on an opening night performance. Think red carpet and black tie. This is the time to bring out your best.
Run of the show and jazz performances: More people are going casual with their evening attire, but be warned: Casual does not mean cutoffs and flip-flops. The goal should be to exude a relaxed air of elegance. Simple and chic. Nothing too flashy. Remember, theater-goers come to see the show, not you.
Matinee: This is a much more casual affair. Simple trousers and a stylish shirt for the gents, and clean, simple lines for the ladies. Think business casual.
A few more things to consider: Although you may feel you’re known for your signature scent, please remember you’ll be sitting in close proximity to strangers who don’t necessarily want to inhale your eau de parfum or cologne all night. A little goes a long way.
Be comfortable. You’ll be sitting for about two hours, so you may not want to wear two layers of Spanx or trousers one size too small.
Prevent hunger pangs. Make sure to have a bite to eat before the show. A grumbling tummy can be very distracting. The Smith Center is bringing the best of theater, music, ballet and culture to our fine city. Let’s show everyone Las Vegans have style. — Christie Moeller
Ask the expert
Out of pocket
This season, men’s fashion has embraced a more refined, gentlemanly look. Runways from New York to Milan showcased the well-dressed man. The suit is the “it” fashion statement, and knowing how to properly accessorize is key. Think of it like this: Adding a vest, tie, cufflinks or pocket square is like adding a garnish to your drink. It finishes the look and can add a punch of personality, color and refinement.
You may have been a bit hesitant to try a pocket square. Not sure how or when to wear it? The rules are pretty simple this season: The only way you can go wrong with a pocket square is to not wear one.
Frederik Willems, head designer at Thomas Pink, gave us a quick course in Pocket Square 101 with three common folds that are easy to create.
The flat pocket square fold. “The flat pocket square fold is the most formal way of wearing a pocket square. It is mostly worn by gentlemen who love traditional and classic tailoring and accessories. A white cotton or linen pocket square is commonly used for this style.”
The one-tip-up fold. “The one-tip-up fold has more of an Italian flair to it and is mostly for plain-colored pocket squares. The most common fabric here is linen or cotton.”
The puff fold. “The puff fold is the most relaxed of the three styles. It is most suited to silk pocket squares with colorful prints. For the gentleman who is not afraid of using color to accessorize, this fold is ideal.”
Thomas Pink is located at The Forum Shops at Caesars and The Shoppes at Palazzo.
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Bag this statement
This season’s must-have accessory is just within reach — literally. The statement handbag is the fashion piece everyone will be oohing and aahing over. Whether you choose a clutch, top-handle, crossbody, satchel or tote, go for bold! It’s all about texture, electric color, hardware and details.
Insider tip: During Fall 2012 Fashion Week, runways were sprinkled with models carrying handbags by holding them at the base — not by the handles. Try it out; it’s effortlessly chic.
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