So, I should get really dressed up, right?
Assuming we’re talking about what to wear to a classical music concert, such as the symphony, this is a question that is near and dear to my heart.
I can tell you that the question of how musicians should dress for a concert, has been a hot topic among music organizations for the past decade or so.
Why? Well, classical music is seen as a dying art form that is generally only patronized by aging members of society. Additionally, it’s viewed as elitist and seeing a bunch of grumpy symphony musicians on stage in tuxedos only serves to advance that notion.
So the concern among music organizations and presenters has been: how can we cultivate a younger audience?
One of the “solutions” has been a sartorial one: let’s have the musicians dress down – jeans, t-shirt, blazer, boots – so they’re, you know, more able to connect with a younger audience and, like, hipper, dude. Yeah, man.
You can probably tell by my tone what a great idea I think that is… But I digress. So what should you wear to a concert of classical music? Here’s my advice.
What to wear to a concert
In general, I believe people go to classical music concerts to have a cultured evening and an elevated experience, which is why I think it’s a bad idea for organizations to be promoting a casual dress code for their musicians.
If you go to the symphony, you like the idea that it’s a fancy event, that you’re getting a dose of good old high-brow, highfalutin Western culture. We’ve determined over a couple hundred years that classical music concerts are fancy events. And that’s what we’ve come to expect. Nothing wrong with that. So…
Get dressed up!
A symphony concert is a perfect event for a suit. Wear a navy or charcoal gray suit, a crisp white shirt, white pocket square and classic cap toes or wingtips. You can go with or without a tie – it just depends how dressed up you’d like to be.
And make a night of it! Now that you’re dressed up – and presumably have a hot date – have an early dinner at a nice restaurant, go to the concert, then head out for drinks at a nice cocktail bar afterwards.
Chime in: Have any suggestions on what to wear to a concert?
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