What Do You Wear To Glyndebourne? The Opera Style Guide

By Charlie Colville

1 year ago

It's opera season

Big fan of the opera? Then you’ll want to make sure you’ve booked your tickets for Glyndebourne Festival this year (19 May–27 August 2023). Taking place in an old English country house in East Sussex, this annual opera festival is not one to be missed. If you already have your tickets ready to go, then there might be one question left on your lips: what do I wear? Fear not – here we lay out what to wear to Glyndebourne, from dress codes to style inspiration. 

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Is There A Dress Code For Glyndebourne?

Yes, the dress code while attending evening performances at Glyndebourne is usually formal (the dress code daytime events such as rehearsals, open days and picnics, however, is much more relaxed). In the case of the opera, it’s expected that guests will attend in black tie attire with an emphasis on eveningwear and elegance.

When it comes to women’s dress, Glyndebourne-goers can choose between floor-length evening gowns, cocktail dresses, formal trouser suits and smart separates like a silk blouse and skirt. You can finish off the look with either heels or dress shoes, as well as accessories – think statement jewellery, a clutch, scarf or shawl.


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For menswear, the dress code allows visitors to wear a formal suit and tie or dinner jacket, or a dress shirt and trousers with a sports coat. It’s encouraged that these are worn with dress shoes, like Oxford or loafers, and accessories like pocket squares, cufflinks and tie clips.

Since much of the Glyndebourne opera experience is held outdoors, it’s also worth considering taking a wrap or light jacket to avoid getting too cold on chillier evenings (this is the UK, after all).

What To Wear To Glyndebourne 2023

Woman in orange floral dress

Featured image courtesy of Glyndebourne. Photography by James Bellorini