For twenty years, the Lion King Musical has delighted audiences of all ages. Based on the 1994 Disney Animated film, this musical uses songs from the movie with traditional African-themed costumes to create a stunning, one-of-a-kind performance. 

Winning six Tony awards, the Lion King Musical is Disney’s most popular show with over 100 million people attending. Whether you are attending at night or during the day, on Broadway or in your home city, knowing what you can or can’t wear may not always be clear.

When it comes to seeing the musical, there is no formal dress code. Being that The Lion King Musical is kid-friendly, it is not as formal as other musicals like Phantom of the Opera. This means both business attire and smart casual work. You can show up in jeans and a t-shirt, or a full-piece suit and still fit in.

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Avoid Dressing Too Casually 

Avoid Dressing Too Casually

Although it is all right to dress casually for the Lion King Musical, avoid dressing too casually. This means avoiding gym attire, and beach attire. Some people recommend avoiding shorts and flip-flops too, but you won’t be turned away if you show up in them.

Save these casual looks for after the show.

Dress Respectfully

Dress Respectfully

A lot of work goes into a Broadway show. Even if you dress on the more casual side, wear clothes that are clean, wrinkle-free, and hole-free to look presentable and show respect to the actors and live performances.   

Check out these business casual looks here.

Dress Comfortably 

Dress Comfortably

You will be sitting in the same spot for several hours, so want to choose clothes that aren’t too constricting and that you can move freely in and feel good in. Choose looser clothing that is breathable and wear layers so you don’t get too hot or too cold.

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Dress Shirt and Dress Pants 

Dress Shirt and Pants

A pair of dress pants paired with a dress shirt is a classic business look that can be worn for a matinee and an evening performance. It is formal-looking without being too dressed up or constricting. It looks great on any build, age, and gender. 

Check out these dress shirts.

Skirt and T-Shirt 

Skirt and T-Shirt

If you want an alternative to jeans and a T-shirt, try a midi or maxi skirt with a T-shirt. You will look fashionable without being too dressed up and you will stay comfortable through the performance. 

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Cardigan 

Cardigan

A cardigan is a great layer for women and men that pairs well with most tops and bottoms. It provides warmth without overheating you and can easily be tied around your waist if you get too warm. Wear it unbuttoned to provide more length, or button it for a more structured, sweater-like look. 

Try out these cardigans.

Costume 

Costume

Costumes are a common occurrence for kids and adults at a Lion King Musical. Dress up as your favorite character from the show with a onesie, full-body costume, or even a headpiece. Just make sure your costume isn’t getting in the way or blocking the show from others around you. 

Find more costume ideas here.

Jeans with a Blouse

Jeans with a Blouse

If you want to dress fancier while still wearing jeans, consider pairing them with a nice blouse. A blouse is fancier and more structured than a T-shirt and will help elevate your look. Choose a solid color blouse or choose one with patterns and bold colors to stand out. 

Check out these blouses.

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Blazer or Sports Jacket 

Blazer or Sports Jacket

An easy way to elevate an outfit is to layer it with a blazer or sports coat. Not only is it a practical choice to add warmth, but it will add structure and shape you your outfit, whether you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt, or dress pants and a dress shirt. 

Discover these blazers.

Dressy Sneakers 

Dressy Sneakers

Even sneakers can be dressy. Choose a pair with sequins or shine for a dressier look. Choose a neutral color like black or tan to blend with your outfit, or let your sneakers stand out with a bright, bold color. Your feet will be comfortable while also being dressed up and stylish. 

Try out these sneakers.

T-Shirt Dress 

T-Shirt Dress

A t-shirt dress is a great middle ground look that is fancier than jeans, without being a full-length ball gown. A t-shirt dress can be paired with sneakers or heels and can be layered with a simple cardigan or a more structured jacket or blazer. 

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Leggings and a Skirt 

Leggings and a Skirt

Leggings under your skirt will not only provide warmth but also more modesty. They are also a great opportunity to add more detail to your outfit by wearing leggings that are a different color or pattern to your skirt. 

Check out these leggings.

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Black Dress 

Black Dress

A black dress is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down, depending on your desired look. It can be worn with sneakers and a cardigan for a more casual look, or dressed up with heels and jewelry for a sophisticated look. 

Try out these black dresses.

Suit or Tuxedo 

Suit or Tuxedo with Frills

If you do choose to wear a suit or tuxedo to the show, consider wearing one with lots of frills and details to go with the eccentric costumes of the show.  A Broadway show is a great time to bring the drama. 

Find more formal looks here.

Dressy Flats 

Dressy Flats

A pair of dressy flats will not only elevate your look but are also comfortable and practical. They are great for travelling to and from the show, and for any events you may be attending after. There is also a variety of styles and looks to choose from to fit your aesthetic. 

Check out these flats.

Light Wrap 

Light Wrap

A light wrap is a great idea for any season. It can be worn around your shoulders if you get cold, and tied around your waist or neck if you want a hands-free option. 

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