Whether you’re a first time goer or a season ticket holder, figuring out what to wear to the opera can be a head-scratching affair. Where once there were strict rules on what was considered “appropriate”, today’s guidelines are much more ambiguous — making your outfit decision that much harder to navigate. Is this too fancy? Too casual? Are jeans ok? If these are the kinds of questions you’re asking, then you’ve come to the right place.

While today there’s more or less an “anything goes” attitude for both matinee and evening performances, it’s best to err on the formal side of the dress code spectrum. That means bidding adieu to your jeans and comfy sweaters, and opting for something a little more polished. After all, when you’re in for wonderfully dramatic performances, you may as well match that drama in style.

Below, three style solutions for your day or night at the opera.

The Sleek Dress

When in doubt, a sleek cocktail dress is your most failsafe option. Opt for a fun print or color to make more of a statement, or keep things simple with an always-in-style LBD.

All About Drama

Since the opera is easily the most formal of any ticketed event, this is the perfect opportunity to push your look to the next level. Voluminous details, floor-grazing hemlines, rich fabrics and punched up hues — go ahead and take your pick.

Office to Opera Approved

If you’re heading straight to the theater from the office, try turning your workwear up a notch. Think: bolder separates (like this Thebe Magugu suit), or a sleek wrap dress paired with eye-catching jewelry.