How to Dress for a Music Recital

Looking sloppy or being inappropriately dressed for a concert or recital can cost you. Many music competitions factor appearance into your grade, so look pitch perfect with these sartorial suggestions.

You will need

  • Clothing
  • Footwear

Step 1 Wear a dress Wear dress pants or a dress or skirt that is knee-length or longer, if you’re a female performer. Avoid plunging necklines, low-cut backs, high slits, or spaghetti straps.

Step 2 Don a suit Don a suit, if you’re a male performer. Dress pants, a buttoned dress shirt, tie, and a sweater or jacket are also acceptable.

Step 3 Wear appropriate footwear Wear appropriate footwear. Both men and women should avoid athletic footwear, open-toed shoes, and flip-flops. Ladies shouldn’t wear clogs or platform shoes.

Step 4 Remove inappropriate jewelry Remove inappropriate jewelry like rings, if you’re a piano player, glitzy or noisy, jingling jewelry, bangle bracelets, wrist corsages, and large watches.

Step 5 Dress formally Dress as if for a formal occasion if you’re sitting in the audience. Avoid tennis shoes, t-shirts, or jeans with holes. Enjoy the music.