What to wear to an open air opera



We love going to the Holland Park Opera during the London summer season. This year we went to Rossini’s il barbieri di Saviglia.  Part of the pleasure is wandering round the beautiful gardens before having our picnic.

I had never noticed the wonderful wall paintings depicting the park in times gone by and the beautiful dresses worn by the women of that era. So I could not resist some photos with the murals as a backdrop.











SONY DSCphotos by Mr.P


It was a slightly breezy afternoon so I was glad I had bought a jacket and pashmina with me to wrap round my shoulders.

The dress I am wearing is by Winserlondon. Jacket is by Zara (a few months old) and my pashmina bought years ago on a trip to India. You can find some beautiful ones at Catherine Robinson.

Off to am important wedding this Sunday will report back next week. Till then for my UK readers have a great bank holiday week-end.




  1. 22nd August 2014 / 11:02

    You look lovely but oh ….those dreary nude shoes…they have no style, are truly boring and fade your feet into the footpaths. Surely it isn’t chic at any age to chose shoes for comfort alone?

    • 22nd August 2014 / 11:37

      I actually like the shoes. Yes they are comfortable however I choose them because nude shoes lengthen the legs. If I wear a coloured or navy shoe it draws a horizontal line at my ankle and thereby makes my calves look heavier. Also there are many steps in the garden plus gravel paths and as I don’t have the luxury of a chauffeur to carry my picnic hamper I would risk tripping and spraining an ankle.

  2. 22nd August 2014 / 12:48

    You look lovely! That dress is so flattering. I hope you had a great time.

  3. 22nd August 2014 / 13:50

    What a great blue dress and I love all the ways you styled it…but I do love the hat for outdoor opera! Perfect! You look so good in blue!

  4. 22nd August 2014 / 13:52

    You look smashing! Blue really is your color, and looks wonderful against the backdrop. And your haircut is fabulous too.

  5. 22nd August 2014 / 15:33

    How I wish we could have joined you for “Il Barbieri,” Josephine. Next time we’re in London, we will have an opera date. The pictures are beautiful and you look soooo chic. I couldn’t disagree more w/the Lady who took you to task for the neutral pumps. Neutral pumps are flattering on just about everyone, particularly w/a pointed toe. In fact, I once did a post on them “Pump up the Volume of your Style in a Neutral Pump” http://thefrenchtouch-m-t.blogspot.com/2011/09/pump-up-volume-of-your-style-in-neutral.html

    Cheers, M-T

  6. WendyB
    23rd August 2014 / 14:22

    Beautiful pictures and you look extremely elegant! I love the shoes too – as you say, they lengthen the leg. Both legs, in fact!

  7. Swan
    23rd August 2014 / 16:09

    Perfect outfit for a not-so-warm summer occupation. Opera in the Park must have been most enjoyable. About wearing “nude” shoes I think they must be the most versatile choice but I am still looking for the perfect cut and comfort to add to my wardrobe. Just think of our lovely Kate Middleton it is often her choice of footwear, so flattering.

  8. Karen T.
    24th August 2014 / 07:50

    Love the blue dress and hat — they’re very chic. Each of your stylings (with pashmina, jacket, or scarf) is elegant. And your hair is perfect too! Just a totally successful look. The park, the paintings, and Rossini — what a wonderful afternoon.

  9. 27th August 2014 / 06:59

    A gorgeous shade of blue in your dress/hat/handbag. The over the shoulder scarf is so pretty with the outfit.

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