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  • #16
    Unless otherwise directed, I presume that my "standard band uniform" will be acceptable. Black (minimally, if at all, faded) jeans, black belt, plain black short-sleeved Dickies work-type shirt (often with a black tee under it), black socks, the plainest (i.e. least conspicuous) black tennis/court shoes I can find.
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    • #17
      Black suits, black shoes, white rose corsage, your choice of shirt. Check the pics on our website if you're curious. We're a vastly varied group in terms of age, weight, height, hair color, body type, etc., and the dress code is loose enough for us each to find something that looks good but still look similar to one another.
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      • #18






        Quote Originally Posted by toddkuen
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        Saw Los Lobos open for Neil Young the other day ... the bass player was wearing cargo shorts




        +1. Years ago, I recall seeing Eric Clapton performing while wearing shorts and deck shoes at his benefit to raise money for his drug rehab center. In my opinion, you should attempt to "put on a show", entertain and play music that the audience enjoys. Generally, clothing is not as important for most bar/hobby bands or their audiences. Just wear something that is appropriate for the venue, your audience, and your band. Leave the costumes to KISS, GWAR, Angus, Prince, etc. (Yes, I am showing my age!)
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        • #19
          Jeans and a Tee because it's comfortable.

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          • #20
            I always dress for the occasion! That means that even when I'm chilling and wearing a T-shirt, it's one that I chose for a good reason (funny or cool design, not just shirts I got for free somewhere...) I usually dress like this: Luchesse boots (most comfortable footwear ever) - Levi's Boot cut jeans - button-up shirt of some kind... It's a good look. For more up-scale gigs, I've got more up-scale versions of the shirts... it's THAT easy!

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            • #21






              Quote Originally Posted by bassred
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              I always dress for the occasion! That means that even when I'm chilling and wearing a T-shirt, it's one that I chose for a good reason (funny or cool design, not just shirts I got for free somewhere...) I usually dress like this: Luchesse boots (most comfortable footwear ever) - Levi's Boot cut jeans - button-up shirt of some kind... It's a good look. For more up-scale gigs, I've got more up-scale versions of the shirts... it's THAT easy!





              That IS a good look. It's mostly the bald-head and the sunglasses as opposed to the clothes that sell it, IMO--but the overall look rocks and looks perfect for a more down-scale rock gig.



              Also love the look in your avatar. How you stand and carry yourself onstage is a BIG part of what helps define the appropriate 'look' for being onstage.
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              • #22






                Quote Originally Posted by wesg
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                Good question, Dave -- I should have given more info!



                The non-specific occasion I'm wondering about is the low-end bar-band stuff. More formal stuff is easy, I'm always told what to wear so I don't need to think about it. Like, corporate parties, weddings, etc, you find out what the guests are wearing and step it up a notch. Big Band work, there is always a uniform.



                My latest project is your prototypical covers-playing rock band; I'm trying to figure out how to look better and maybe convince my new band mates that they want to do the same; right now we have been wearing nice versions of our own daily dress. I saw some old footage, and cringed a bit when I saw one of them in shorts and sandals behind a music stand. My long-term goal is to sort this band out, and take it into private parties, weddings, corporate events, etc.. So professionalism on all fronts is one place where I am spending a lot of effort.



                What actually got me thinking about this is that I got a call to sub on piano in a 10-piece "Big" Band New Year's Eve; the booking agent wants black pants, a black shirt, and a white tie. So I have to buy at least a shirt and a tie soon, heh. All of my suits are dark and I like to wear coloured shirts with pattern ties.



                Rock bands around here always look sloppy to me. Blues bands tend to dress nicer. Jazz combos, no question, they always look decent.



                I noticed Wade even dresses up for rehearsal. Not such a bad idea, I like to practice how I perform at least a few times to work out any surprise kinks.




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                • #23
                  In all seriousness, we just go with basic black for the guys, and whatever the chick wants. Can be sneakers, dress shoes, jeans, dress pants, sport coat, etc, but it's always black.
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                  • #24






                    Quote Originally Posted by stratotastic
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                    I'm giving wesg the benefit of the doubt and presuming he's a newbie he hasn't been privvy to our 8 gazillion shorts and stands discussions.



                    Good news is he seems to already 'get it' on his own, so I doubt there needs to be much reason for another over-long debate on the subject.



                    But, as a general rule, it's probably a good idea for us oldsters to realize that newbies are ALWAYS going to be dropping by and asking about topics that seem tired and worn-out to us.
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                    • #25
                      Not a great pic of me, basic black T and jeans. Thinking of getting into the black button down and a tie once the LED light rig happening.







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                      • #26
                        I know that I'm way outside the usual demographic here, but we always dress for a performance. Come to think of it, who would want to see a bagpipe band that wasn't dressed in kilts? Think about that for a moment. Mark C.
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                        • #27






                          Quote Originally Posted by Miko Man
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                          I know that I'm way outside the usual demographic here, but we always dress for a performance. Come to think of it, who would want to see a bagpipe band that wasn't dressed in kilts? Think about that for a moment. Mark C.




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                          • #28
                            Really thinking of being more dressy though, so people KNOW we are in the band.
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                            • #29
                              Personally, I try to dress with at least some sense of fashion awareness, and try to bring at least a little "sexy". Now, I may be the furthest thing from "sexy" in real life....but the ladies in the crowd don't need to know that.



                              Rarely will you see me in a tee shirt and jeans. The way I see it, the band's look is their business card....and regardless what musicians like to believe, image makes a much stronger first impression with audiences than the music itself.



                              IMO, presenting a lackadaisical look to the audience is akin to painting a performance car with whatever house paint you have sitting in the garage. It won't matter what's under the hood or how well it performs on the track....most of the people who see it will think it's a POS.



                              That being said...my current band has no discernable image to speak of. Every member dresses pretty much however he wants, and we don't worry about it. But then, we're just a bunch of lazy-ass weekend warriors playing local watering holes. If I had any belief that it was going anywhere long-term, you can bet I would make it a priority.

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                              • #30
                                Here is what we wear. I am the guy playing the tele on the left.



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