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Hopefully this thread won't get out of control.
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I'll give this piece of advice and make it quick: whatever you wear,
own it
. If you look like you're
trying
to look good, it fails. You just need to
own that image
and not question it. You are the show - be the show.

 

When I had a website dedicated to cover band tips and tricks, my stage wear 101 page got the most hits. The article I wrote on 'Owning It' got more hits than most of the other pages combined. I got a lot of emails about guys who had sent the link to people they knew. I wish I had a copy of the article...

 

That's my take, just own it. I'm not particularly fond of the modern trends (skinny jeans, sagging so your entire butt shows, overly baggy pants, etc...) but I can see that I am just getting old (which means that I am not going to wear those looks). I pretty much dress so that anyone I meet is not surprised that I am a musician. I used to play most every night, and would often get asked to join bands for a song or two if I wasn't playing.. From that pont on, I made sure that ROck and roll was my look (but not the cheesey kind of rock and roll look.).

 

Boot cut jeans, button shirts (patterns are OK if they aren't just dress shirts that you are trying to make look Rockin'...), sometimes vests, hats, leather shoes or boots (something with a heel, because in my opinion the stance/gate that a heel gives is more refined than standing with your weight on the back of your shoe like what you do with flat sneakers). I wear jewelery (couple of bracelets on each wrist. All silver/white gold). But what really matters is that I dress like ME, and I own it!

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I use to have an entire wardrobe of sleeveless button up shirts (as per my avatar), that I would wear for club gigs

and for the casino or corporate/private events I would just put a dinner jacket over what I had (la didn't look sleeveless).

It covered alot of ground and I never had to think about what I was wearing that day.

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Sandals are a no-no? I love wearing them as long as the sidewalks are clear of snow. Blue jeans aren't a problem because I appear to be allergic to the dye. Most of my jeans are black and I have quite a few docker styled pants.

 

In our band, the lead singer is black and the rest of the band is white. I always thought we should take advantage of that and dress in a way that centers even more attention on the singer. (He's a bit of a show-boater. The extra attention wouldn't faze him a bit.)

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In our band, the lead singer is black and the rest of the band is white. I always thought we should take advantage of that and dress in a way that centers even more attention on the singer. (He's a bit of a show-boater. The extra attention wouldn't faze him a bit.)

 

 

Dress him in all white and the rest of you in all black...?

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We dress for the event - and have named our "wardrobe" options as follows:

 

Tux Gig: Self explanatory - Tuxes for the guys, cocktail dress for our female vocalist (she gets to dabble in sequins at the "tux gigs")

 

Snappy Casual: For the guys - casual slacks with some sort of nice top. For some of us that means a button down dress shirt - for others, it's a knit shirt with a jacket. Our female vocalist dresses up but stops short of full on sequined dresses or gowns.... Denim (any color), tennis shoes (or leather top sports shoes) of any cut or any color are NOT part of our "snappy casual" look.

 

Casual: Jeans and a casual shirt are fine. We tend to avoid t-shirts (logo-ed or plain). Most guys end up wearing a sports "jersey" or a casual button front shirt of some sort. There's some flexibility in terms of footwear - most of us either wear sport shoes with leather uppers or casual shoes, Our female vocalist follows suit (jeans, denim skirts, etc. ... and gets to be "expressive" in terms of her shoes.

 

Tacky Hawaian: Our term for the typical picnic / BBQ / summer "afternoon / early evening" in the park type gigs. Shorts are fine, sandals are fine (although we tend to stay away from "flip flops"), t-shirts are OK, muscle shirts are OK, tacky hawaian shirts are fine. About the only rules associated with gigs that we're going "tacky hawaian" for is that all breasts and testicles must be covered - over and above that, wear whatever floats your boat.

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I've discussed my band's dress code before, and it's obvious from the pics on our website, but for any noobies here, we keep it pretty simple:

 

Everyone wears black/grey with a splash of a common color. Before a gig one of us will call out that it's going to be a "red" night or "purple" or whatever. We have two looks: our "formal" look for gigs that want us in suits/cocktail dresses and our "classy/casual/cool" look which is more about black jeans and nice shirt. If it's a wedding and it's easy-enough-to-do, we'll match our color with one of the weddings colors so we fit in with the decor.

 

We've added a 2nd female and the two girls are still in the process of deciding just HOW matchy-matchy to dress. Last gig they wore nearly-identical dresses but one had boots while the other wore pumps and with one being blonde and the other brunette, they offset each other pretty nicely. We took some new pics as a six-piece last week and should have them ready for the website in another week or two.

 

The splash-of-color thing borders on corny, but it's notable how many compliments we get from people on how good they think we look. Whether we're on stage or just standing around, it's clear we're "in the band". Last gig we had at least 4 different people come up to us at various times before we started playing telling us "wow, you guys look GREAT!" or "hey, I LOVE the purple!"

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. I'm not particularly fond of the modern trends (skinny jeans, sagging so your entire butt shows, overly baggy pants, etc...)

 

 

You know you're getting old when you see the trends come back around. Back in "the day" I was always a skinny jeans guy. Being a naturally skinny guy, it was always just a look that was comfortable for me and was easy to do. During the 90s and 00s I kept the look for onstage because I STILL thought it looked rock, regardless of what the grunge guys might have been wearing, but I had to special-order jeans from Europe or have them altered. Now, they're back in style, I can find the pants at K-Mart, and everybody is wearing that look again.

 

I've never been sure whether it's better to be an "in fashion" guy or be decidedly-different and "out of fashion", but it's IS funny to see the trends come and go and come full circle again.

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You know you're getting old when you see the trends come back around. Back in "the day" I was always a skinny jeans guy. Being a naturally skinny guy, it was always just a look that was comfortable for me and was easy to do. During the 90s and 00s I kept the look for onstage because I STILL thought it looked rock, regardless of what the grunge guys might have been wearing, but I had to special-order jeans from Europe or have them altered. Now, they're back in style, I can find the pants at K-Mart, and everybody is wearing that look again.


I've never been sure whether it's better to be an "in fashion" guy or be decidedly-different and "out of fashion", but it's IS funny to see the trends come and go and come full circle again.

 

That's a funny story. I'm a bootcut guy myself...

 

Skinny jeans are ok when you can pull them off...but the worst is a chubby dude in them...ouch. :facepalm:

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Everyone wears black/grey with a splash of a common color. Before a gig one of us will call out that it's going to be a "red" night or "purple" or whatever. We have two looks: our "formal" look for gigs that want us in suits/cocktail dresses and our "classy/casual/cool" look which is more about black jeans and nice shirt.

 

 

That's a pretty cool idea. I've thought about bringing something like that up to the band...but my thought is they'll never go for any kind of coordination or anything like that...it'll be "too cheesy" and "we'll be one of those bands..."

 

We always wear dark or dark faded wash jeans (never black though...maybe that's a generational thing?? Are other young guys wearing black jeans??) and we rock t-shirts at the clubs or collared shirts for classier gigs. Lots of times I'll wear a funny shirt (I have one that says "I'm just here for the chicks" with a picture of Snoopy on it that people always compliment and get a laugh out of).

 

We all have our little stand out things we do too...which is kinda funny. Our singer has his moccasin type shoes, bass player has the backwards fitted Tigers cap many nights and always wears his shamrock choker thingy. I have my necklace with a mask pendant made out of coral by a Rasta dude that I picked up on my honeymoon in St. Lucia and I always wear some kind of rope bracelet on my fretting arm which looks badass when I'm ripping up Freebird (yeah right). Our drummer...well...he wears black pants and a black/grey shirt to every gig. Blends right into the background like a drummer should! (hey-hoa)

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That's what I was thinking. Certainly a look that's been done many times by a lot of bands over the years, but it's still a sharp look for an older band nonetheless, IMO.

 

 

This is an older band. Youngest member is now 51 and the old man of the group is turning 70. (And can he wail on sax!)

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That's a pretty cool idea. I've thought about bringing something like that up to the band...but my thought is they'll never go for any kind of coordination or anything like that...it'll be "too cheesy" and "we'll be one of
those
bands..."


We always wear dark or dark faded wash jeans (never black though...maybe that's a generational thing?? Are other young guys wearing black jeans??) and we rock t-shirts at the clubs or collared shirts for classier gigs. Lots of times I'll wear a funny shirt (I have one that says "I'm just here for the chicks" with a picture of Snoopy on it that people
always
compliment and get a laugh out of).


We all have our little stand out things we do too...which is kinda funny. Our singer has his moccasin type shoes, bass player has the backwards fitted Tigers cap many nights and always wears his shamrock choker thingy. I have my necklace with a mask pendant made out of coral by a Rasta dude that I picked up on my honeymoon in St. Lucia and I always wear some kind of rope bracelet on my fretting arm which looks badass when I'm ripping up Freebird (yeah right). Our drummer...well...he wears black pants and a black/grey shirt to every gig. Blends right into the background like a drummer should! (hey-hoa)

 

 

That's the great thing about being young. You can wear almost ANYTHING and make it rock. Once you get much past 40 and and you just start looking like "creepy old dude" with the moccasins and such. So yeah, I think older guys DEFINATELY need to "class things up" a bit more. Even if it's to the point of being a bit cheezy. (Hey, you're old. People EXPECT you to look cheezy) Younger guys have MUCH more leeway with what looks good and right on stage.

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That's the great thing about being young. You can wear almost ANYTHING and make it rock. Once you get much past 40 and and you just start looking like "creepy old dude" with the moccasins and such. So yeah, I think older guys DEFINATELY need to "class things up" a bit more. Even if it's to the point of being a bit cheezy. (Hey, you're old. People EXPECT you to look cheezy) Younger guys have MUCH more leeway with what looks good and right on stage.

 

 

So spot on. Hollister and graphic t's?? You're 50 leather ass. Go sit down. Hell I'm 26 and I won't walk into Hollister...I'm not 17. Not a shot at being 50 either...a shot at being 50 and dressing like a teenager. Classing it up is the only way to go. You can still have style...just know your limits.

 

I will rock some Abercrombie type preppy clothes...but tastefully. They have stylish and nice fitting button ups and such I'd wear out. Probably close to my peak age of being able to shop there with any dignity though.

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Wow... was Bowie born to sing that or what? That's awesome. Kinda bringing a Major Tom vibe to it. Very cool. And yeah, they both look like rock stars, even if they're older. Cause they own it. And they're doing something that works for them. Who they are. I love Gilmore's dressed down elder rock guitarist look... and Bowie... will never do wrong. For years to come I'm sure.

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Hmmm...

1) To be fair, Gilmour's 'uniform' has long been the solid colored tee shirt & dark pants combo...since tracking Dark Side at least.

 

2) Bowie hasn't 'dressed down' in decades; but even when wearing a tee shirt, jeans & Chuck Taylors, he owns the look:

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Not too shabby for a then 56 year old...

 

 

 

Also, note:

 

NO MUSIC STANDS

(Although I'd wager Bowie is using a teleprompter w/lyrics at his feet based on a couple shots)

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