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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Regarding color, black is always appropriate for either sex.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Polish your shoes ahead of time and make sure they're clean.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Composer Franz Liszt was the first to give complete solo piano recitals.

You Will Need

  • Clothing
  • Footwear

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