I love the opera. I mean love. Luckily for me, the Seattle Opera loves me too! They’ve been sweet enough to invite me to share in the opening night festivities of their last two productions, Marriage of Figaro back in January, and most recently Mary Stuart just last month. Seattle can been a fairly casual city overall, and many people who relocate here tend to complain that theatergoers unpredictably wear everything from floor-length gowns to blue jeans. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the theater since I was young, and  my mama always taught me that you show your appreciation for the work that went into a production by dressing to impress. My pick for opera night elegance? A sleek, little red peplum dress.

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dress, Trina Turk via Nordstrom Rack (sold out online, similar) | necklace, Ann Taylor (on my wishlist)| sandals, Splendid c/o Zappos | leather jacket, Banana Republic (similar) | handbag, Rebecca Minkoff “Affair” via Nordstrom Rack

I’ve been devoting a lot of free time to getting my closet spring ready. Over the last couple weeks I painstakingly tried on each and every garment, eliminated three big bags of clothing, shoes and accessories that no longer fit or flatter, and have added a few new pieces to my ever-changing collection of clothes. I have to admit one of my favorite new additions is this dress. I bought it while out shopping with best friend C. on a girls date a couple weekends ago and although I loved it, I was a little on the fence. Thankfully I got some great advice and took the dress home with me. I’d been on the lookout for more dressy dresses to add to my collection and this one definitely fits the bill. Truth be told I was wishing I had the perfect khaki trench to throw over it that night, but in a pinch my burgundy leather worked. A trench coat is definitely on the “holes in my closet” list this spring though.

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I truly can’t say enough about the Seattle Opera company. Their shows are simple, yet beautiful, the costumes sets are innovative, and the range of talent in the company makes each show unique. I know some people might be a bit wary of the opera considering most of the well-known shows are in French, Italian or German. The Seattle Opera does a fantastic job of making sure each story is accessible to viewers through a subtitled screen just above the stage. It’s very unassuming and you can easily scan the words to keep up with the dialogue when you need to or simply focus on the performers and keep it out of your mind as you get lost in the stunningly beautiful music. During particularly poignant moments in the climax of certain arias you may notice the subtitles go blank for a moment so that you can put all of your focus and attention on the truly awe-inspiring voices in their company. One thing to remember about the opera is to be on time! They will not admit anyone once the music begins. If you are a local Seattleite or find yourself in the area soon, I highly recommend looking up the schedule at the Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall. The next show, The Flying Dutchmanruns from May 7th through May 21st and tickets start at just $25.

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