There aren’t enough opportunities to get dressed up anymore.

That’s one of the reasons I love the races, it offers that chance to go all out and look fantastic when you make the effort to get dressed up for the occasion, but the theatre is another rare place where putting in the extra effort is admired and expected.

I took my mum to a show at QPAC a few months ago and she was more than a bit shocked to see so many women without stockings and not dressed to the nines. It was the height of summer and a bit warm for that caper I’d assured her but still, it would have been unheard of to skip that additional level of formality in her day.

To my mind, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. For men, this means no jeans to the theatre please. Even chinos, a collared shirt and sports coat are preferable, you don’t necessarily need to opt for a full suit.

Ladies, why not take the chance to dress up and wear something special? Night-time performances call for cocktailwear or even an elegant day dress with a bit of sparkle in your jewellery. Practicality also comes into play so it’s a good idea to take a light layer (a scarf or jacket) and wear something that will be comfortable to sit down in for an extended period of time.

Queensland Theatre Company is looking to bring back the glamour, in keeping with its current production Design for Living, the decadent-looking and scandalously risque performance written in the 1930s by Noel Coward. With so much glamour on stage, theatre-goers are encouraged to join in on Frock Up Fridays, adding some extra theatrics to their ensembles with a little sequin, feather or diamante action to round out the experience.

1930s style gets reinvented now and then, its flattering hemlines and glamourous eveningwear is endlessly inspiring, and in partnership with Brisbane Arcade and its 90th anniversary celebrations, four of the centre’s designers (Julie Tengdahl, Pia du Pradal, Bora and Kerri Craig) are exhibiting 1930s-inspired looks in the QPAC Playhouse foyer.

If you haven’t seen the show you have until November 10 to catch it, and have fun playing dress-ups in the process. Tickets at