There's a calculated difference between plain dressing up and dressing for the occasion. While most of us are well versed with what the terms 'cocktail' and 'smart casual' denote, a picnic under the stars can be a little less familiar.

Providing motivation for a crash course in sprucing up for an evening on the lawn, the world-class production Shakespeare in the Park returns with a month-long staging of
Romeo & Juliet. For theatre fanatics, a night regaled with the bittersweet tale of two lovers has its spot locked into your calendar — play tickets secured, and picnic thoroughly planned. The definitive step to getting prepped? That's sorting out your sartorial game plan. Get started here.

1. Picnic under the stars
Inhaling savoury kimchi rolls or a platter of cheese and crackers is arguably the best way to revel in past century literature. Work the complete garden style beat with a fluid midi-skirt and off-the-shoulder blouse. Bonus points: Throw in the tropical prints.      

How to get ready for Shakespeare in the Park and a picnic under the stars

Clockwise: Pendleton Southern Highlands blanket; Alison Lou gold and enamel Heart earring; Alison Lou gold and enamel Spade earring; Ellery Cyril cotton-poplin top; Dodo Bar Or Janan silk crepe de chine skirt; Barneys New York Kyoto 5-piece flatware set; Marni appliquéd leather sandals; Kayu Lunar straw shoulder bag

2. Getting into character
Fervent fans of the theatre need not shy away from turning up in character. The key here is not to full-on roleplay but to emulate — pick an off-white lace dress that's modern in silhouette and let the references stop there. A hopeless romantic deep down? That's what accessories are for. 

How to get ready for Shakespeare in the Park and a picnic under the stars

Clockwise: Faribault Woolen Mill revival stripe wool throw; Rosantica embellished headpiece; Proenza Schouler broderie-anglaise dress; Proenza Schouler leather slides; Muzungu Sisters Sicilian pom pom straw tote; Alison Lou Eye Heart U gold and diamond bracelet

3. Headed out after
Dressing for more than one occasion is all about finding middle ground — tailored trousers will have you looking sleek. If anyone asks about the picnic prints, take it as a prompt to recount the Montagues and Capulets tussling it out. 

How to get ready for Shakespeare in the Park and a picnic under the stars

Clockwise: Cath Kidston picnic blanket; Maison Michel Calie headband; Stella McCartney cut-out brogues; Chloé Jodie small leather bag; Rosantica Teatro tassel earrings; Racil Palm Beach tuxedo trousers; Chloé tassel broderie-anglaise camisole 

Singapore Repertory Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park - Romeo and Juliet runs from 30 April to 22 May at Fort Canning Park. For tickets, book here