What Do You Wear To Glyndebourne? The Opera Style Guide
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What Do You Wear To Glyndebourne? The Opera Style Guide

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

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Woman in orange floral dress

De La Vali

Bougainvilla Ruffled Dress (Size UK 8), rent from £77.27, hurrcollective.com

White heels

Manolo Blahnik

Hangisi Leather Heels (Size EU 37), £619, vestiairecollective.com 

Green and purple cuflinks

Kiki McDonough

Coco Purple and Mint Green Enamel Cufflinks, £250, kiki.co.uk

Pink shirt

Thomas Pink

Slim Fit Formal Solid Colour Shirt, £125, thomaspink.com

Woman in long yellow floral dress


Wonderland Floral-Print Linen-Blend Gown, £1,320, harveynichols.com

Woman in pink skirt holding pearl bead handbag


Antonia Bag, rent from £62.27, hurrcollective.com

Man in brown blazer and black trousers

Tom Ford

Cooper Single-Breasted Cotton-Velvet Suit Jacket, £2,770, matchesfashion.com

Black loafer

Edward Green

Rochester Loafer, £1,115, edwardgreen.com

Gold and pearl bracelet


18ct Yellow Gold Seed Pearl Chain Bracelet, £750, annoushka.com

Brown patchwork pocket square


Silk Four-Tile Pocket Square, £55, harrods.com

Featured image courtesy of Glyndebourne. Photography by James Bellorini