Wear + When: Laughing Your Pants Off

Comedy shows call for smart clothes with—what else?—a sense of humor

Outsiders love to chide us for taking things too seriously, but don’t let them get to you. From DC Improv to standup at venues all around town, Washington is filled with ways to get your giggle on.

When heading to one of these shows, NC-17 content is no excuse for dressing down. Remember, you’re still sitting for a performance, so respect those onstage with solidly constructed dresses and jackets. The “funny” comes in with a quirktastic mix of florals and stripes, and, for extra oomph, saturated tights. Keep accessories to a minimum, and make sure nothing’s too constricting— last thing you need is to bust a button laughing in front of a quick-insult comedian!

Where to try it out this weekend: The Nights of Our Lives at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, Craig Ferguson at Warner Theatre, or Comedy Sportz at Ballston's Comedy Club. 

The Pieces:
Built by Wendy Klee floral ruffle dress, $378
Twinkle by Wenlan Menage necklace, $93
Jack by BB Dakota striped Addict coat, $72
Metropark teal brushed tights, $12
Warby Parker Fillmore frames, $95 (including prescription lenses)
Ecote Platform Clog, $58

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.