You were invited to a classical music concert this weekend but you’re not sure what to wear? Even if it’s the first time you’re attending these sort of events, with a little bit of help, you will be able to make a good impression whether you’re on the stage or in the audience. Here is everything you need to take into account to make sure your outfit will be perfect for every occasion.
Based on the starting time of the concert, you will have to consider different outfits and colors, especially if you’re a girl.
For a simple afternoon matinee concert, women can wear both pants and jeans as long as they are combined with more elegant blouses, shirts, and heels. Don’t forget about jewelry and a small clutch bag. If you want to wear a dress or a skirt, make sure they are made of fluid, elegant materials.
Knee-length skirts and dresses are the most appropriate but, if you’re younger, you can also consider wearing a shorter item. Avoid wearing long cocktail gowns and sparkles.
Men always have it easier as they can wear regular jeans or pants with a button down shirt. Jackets and ties are optional but you should avoid wearing your regular pair of sneakers. Try opting for a pair of brogue shoes instead. As for the fit of your clothes, we would suggest a slim or skinny figure.
If you’re attending a regular evening concert, the rules are the following: women should wear dressier skirts or pants, as well as blouses or dresses. The length of the dress varies depending on the woman’s choice but opera concerts often call for long evening gowns. If you’re attending a regular chamber concert, the little black dress would be perfect.
Gentlemen can opt for dressier jeans and a blazer or trousers with a cocktail-like shirt. Suits, ties, and bow ties are also appreciated but not mandatory.
Believe it or not, the price of the ticket is a good indicator of how fancy the event will be. If an average concert ticket is sold for around $20-25, a smart casual style would be enough for both men and women. However, fancier events with tickets that cost $70 or more often imply a more elegant dress code, in which case you’ll have to replace your jeans with tuxedo pants and your jersey with a suit jacket.
When it comes to the actual colors you are allowed to wear to classical music concerts, we’re afraid you don’t have too many options, especially if you’re a man. The monochrome look on men or the popular black-pants white-shirt combo is always the right answer. Navy or grey suits are also welcomed, as long as they are paired with the classic black or white shirt.
It goes without saying that bold patterns and colors are not the norm so you should avoid them.
Women have a slightly larger color palette to indulge in but they should also avoid strong colors such as yellow and orange with the exception of red.
If you’re on stage, you don’t have to worry too much about the dress code as all players will most likely wear similar if not identical outfits. Instead, worry about your instrument and don’t bring a cheap electric one with you, not even for rehearsals.
Women in the auditorium can opt for both short and long gowns, especially if we’re talking about an evening concert. While black dresses are the most popular, you can also opt for colorful sequins, navy, green, and even a red gown.