Do you need ideas for what to wear to a comedy show? This comedy show outfit guide will inspire you for the most stylish night of laughter yet!
Think of what to wear to a comedy show like any other night out. The venue of the comedy show dictates whether there’s a formal dress code or not. Most comedy clubs are casual, you want to take casual to the next level.
You will learn how to style the perfect comedy show attire, whether you’re going on a date, seeing your favorite comedian at a casino, or just rolling into an improv show last minute.
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What To Wear To A Comedy Show Female
What To Wear To A Comedy Show Date
Many of us are heading to a comedy show for a date, so you definitely want to wear something flattering. Make an effort by dressing a little nicer, so you look appropriate for dinner and drinks before or after the show.
Matching Waistcoat + Trousers
For a classy and modern look, try matching separates with a waistcoat (or menswear vest) worn alone, with a pair of trousers. There’s a slight edge to the look due to the menswear aesthetic, but wearing the vest as a top shows off your feminine features.
The matching linen Amanda Oversized Tailored Vest and Amanda Tailored Wide Leg Pants from Shona Joy are absolutely divine. The Buttons Suit Waistcoat and Straight Suit Pants from Mango are also super chic. Style with these shiny kitten-heeled sandals from Chiko for a little something extra.
Blouse + Jeans + Jacket
Another option is a chic pair of jeans, a blouse, and a jacket. This sheer Lou Top from Heidi Merrick is perfect for styling over a black bra or cami, like the Mesh Bustier Top from Micas. Or go for a summer look with the Neutral Striped Sailor One-Shoulder Top from Never Fully Dressed.
Style them with the Favourite Cut Jeans in Ivory or Charcoal from & Other Stories. Bonus points for matching the color of your blouse to your jacket. A bomber, moto jacket, or classic blazer always does the trick.
You can never go wrong with an LBD (little black dress) for what to wear to a comedy show date. They’re timeless, sexy, and can be dressed up or down with shoes and accessories. Try a fitted, knit-style dress for an of-the-moment look, like the edgy Zahara Knit Dress from Diane von Furstenberg.
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What To Wear To A Comedy Show At A Casino
While the attire in most casinos is casual, it’s good to get dressed up for a comedy show like you’re heading to a nightclub or an upscale bar. Casinos are definitely great for people-watching and it’s fun to take part in the festivities of the night looking chic. Appearances are everything, especially in the service and entertainment industry and a polished look will take you further than something too relaxed.
An effortless and sexy comedy show outfit is a silk or satin dress, like the Gabrielle Halter Slip Dress from Sophie Rue, with a heel or heeled sandal, like the Cinderella Black and White Leather Pumps from Alohas. The Slouchy Chic Bias Maxi Dress from Lily Silk is a more modest version, but just as flattering.
Make it edgy with a leather moto jacket. You could also layer a fuzzy jacket overtop in winter, like the Deora Feather Topper Jacket from LaMarque, or keep it simple with the Jane Blazer from Amanda Uprichard.
Add a cute clutch and you’re ready for the evening. This is a great budget look if you’ll be at a luxury casino, such as the Monte Carlo in Monaco, which requires evening (or formal) attire for its guests.
If you’re the type that tends to get chilly in casinos because of the air conditioning, these next two outfits are for you.
A jumpsuit is a great option year-round because you can wear a long-sleeve style in winter and a halter style in summer, like this neutral Twisted Halter Jumpsuit from Theory, which would look amazing with the Sonia Stud Wide Leather Belt from ALLSAINTS. The “cool girl” Panzer Jumpsuit by G-STAR RAW is definitely a timeless wardrobe staple for what to wear to a comedy show in winter.
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Matching Suit Separates + Sneakers
Lastly, a classy style is matching suit separates. Whether you stick to neutrals or go all out in a fun color, like the matching lavender Olive Blazer and Bree Belted High-Waist Trouser Shorts from BCBGMaxazria. Suit separates look cute with a cropped top, or alone with a chunky necklace, like the Reyes Necklace from Cult Gaia.
A cropped style like the Linen Blend Blazer and Super High Linen Blend Ankle Pant from Express comes in a beige, but the subtle metallic stripe in the fabric makes it perfect for an elevated evening look. Tone this look down with the glam Zina Sneaker by Dolce Vita.
What To Wear To A Comedy Club
Casual attire is definitely more mainstream for what to wear to a comedy club. You’ll most likely see people in jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers, so if that’s your go-to uniform, rock it.
T-Shirt + High-Wasted Denim + Statement Earrings
A minimalist style to wear to a comedy show is a basic T-shirt, chunky gold or silver jewelry, high-waisted denim, and a leather belt. The Cornelia Top from Marcella offers a modern take on a classic tee with cutout shoulders. Add the Classic Twirl Hoop Earrings from Anthropologie for a touch of shine.
A T-shirt with a cool brand or phrase on it makes a nice statement given the vibe of the evening. The Faith Mini Vegan Leather Handbag by Alexandra K is sure to become a favorite with all your going-out outfits.
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Leather Shorts + Fitted Top
A leather skirt is such a classic going-out staple, but how about leather shorts? These vegan leather Pawa Shorts from Ted Baker will match everything in your closet. Or try the Le Super High Short by Frame in recycled leather. Style them with a fitted top, like the Strappy Knit Top, also by Frame, or dress them up with a silk blouse.
Pair with tall boots, strappy kitten heels, or leather sneakers for an edgy comedy show outfit. Don’t forget a tiny going-out bag, like the Elsa Nappa Leather Clutch Bag from Reiss.
Chunky Knit + Sexy Jeans
Try a chunky knit over a pair of jeans with boots. It’s a very easy look that you can make current with your latest wardrobe items. The Asymmetric Rib Knit Sweater by NA-KD is super fun, while the Sarah Cashmere Blend Roll Neck Jumper from Reiss will feel like you’re watching the show from the comfort of your sofa.
A dark wash bootcut jean like The Alexis from Joe’s Jeans takes the knitwear up a notch for the evening. Go for a sleeveless knit when it’s warm outside. A pointed-toe boot like the Jimmy Choo Kix/z 65 or the Pia Shootie from BCBGMaxazria completes the look.
What To Wear To Improv Comedy Show
The same guidelines for what to wear to a comedy show also apply to an improv comedy show. In general (and for all comedy shows in fact), if you’re sitting toward the front of the audience or in a small venue, there’s potential you could become part of the act.
Be mindful of your outfit in terms of wearing anything political, religious, dogmatic, or polarizing. You may be called out, which could happen either way. Just don’t try to attract attention if you don’t want it.
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Avoid any style of pants that pool on the floor if you’re seeing a comedy show at a dive bar because the lavatory situation may be a little dicey and nothing ruins a night like having your outfit touch that nasty floor. Obviously, I’m speaking from experience here.
Can You Wear A Hat To A Comedy Show?
As long as there’s no formal dress code for the venue, you can wear a hat to a comedy show. Avoid anything too high or too large if you’ll be sitting in a theatre where it could block the view of fellow patrons.
However, hats are one of my favorite styling weapons! Try an elevated newsboy cap or leather beret, like the Carter Leather Beret by Eugenia Kim. Or go for a chic fedora, like the Wes Fedora from Gigi Pipp. The cold weather is perfect for a vintage-style flat cap, like the 504 Furgora from Kangol (which I own and always receive compliments on!).
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Comedy Show Outfits
Here are some other stylish ideas for what to wear to a comedy show:
- Sleeveless Knit Top + Denim Maxi Skirt
- Tonal Look (Monochromatic Shirt + Pants)
- Shift-style Mini Dress + Heels or Sneakers
- Body Suit + Ultra-High-Waisted Pants
- Sweaterdress + Tall Boots
- Denim Jacket + Ribbed Tank + Low Rise Jeans + Loafers (I love stacked denim!)
- Chunky Knit + Silk Midi Dress + Combat Boots
- Relaxed Collared Shirt + Classic Blue Denim + Kitten Heels (and matching accessories)
I’ve been to a few comedy shows ranging from a stadium concert with Jeff Dunham to a local improv night in my city. Have you been to a comedy show before? Who’s your favorite comedian? Comment below!
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