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Proper Attire?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Old P Bass Guy, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    Through my music career how we dressed went through several stages. When I started performing we all had to wear the same tuxedo jackets, black pants and pointy shoes. We also had to learn steps (doing the "Stroll" was mandatory). Then there was the "Sly" period where the white guys had to dress like the Family Stone. We all wound up looking like "Elton John". Then Woodstock happened and the game changed to anything you wanted as long as denim was involved. The requirement for Jazz players appears to be knit skull caps but the majority of musicians it seems have adopted the black shirts, pants and a tiny short brimmed black hat. Country players for the most part have lost the cowboy hat and boots unless your George Streight or Charley Danials and opted for diffrent variations of baseball caps. What's your take on what's in and what's out?
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Cargo shorts are always out (yet always in). Pretty sure that still holds true.
  3. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    I couldn't pull that off...skinny pale legs and big feet.
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  4. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Yes, nowadays anything goes.
    I remember wearing jacket and ties to gigs and
    of course a Tux for weddings.
    My New Country gig now almost requires a ball cap
    and a graphics tee shirt.
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  5. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Variations on basic black have always worked for me.
    D2 carmines 030416.
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  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    It varies by genre.

    My rule of thumb is always look like to give a crap.

    I fill in with all kinds of bands. I try to set myself apart from my audience. I wear a shirt and shoes that are one step cooler than anything they would usually wear. The pants are either jeans (if appropriate) or black pants that fade into the background and only serve to cover up my junk and accentuate my cool shirt and shoes.
  7. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    This is an eternally debated topic around here, and I'm constantly amazed at how many people have very specific hang-ups and very strong opinions about them. Some folks think you should be shot dead for wearing shorts (or specifically cargo shorts), even at an outdoor show in 110-degree heat. Others think that being shot is too good for you if you wear a hat -- or specifically a baseball cap, or even more specifically a baseball cap worn backwards). A special Circle of Hell evidently exists for people who wear sandals -- or sandals with socks, or sandals without socks, or certain kinds of sandals with certain kinds of socks. And let's not even talk about playing barefoot, which is either uber-cool or more disgusting than gargling vomit....
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    ...or even suicidally life-threatening depending on how well grounded all the gear and the stage floor are... :eek:
  9. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    Nice bass too.
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  10. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    Can't do sandles....toe fungus
    Jaco played shirtless. You don't wanna see me shirtless.

    I think you need to be "Rock Star" good to be shirtless or shoeless. In my opinion you would look a fool if you were just an average musician. The only exception would be if God made you to look like the "Rock" or Lou Forignio.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2017
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  11. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    As with nearly everything it depends. Unless you're playing "formal" shows, I think the most important thing is for the band as a whole to have a "dress code/uniform". Regardless of what that is, at least you will appear to have considered your image.

    As far as what YOUR "uniform" should be, look at it this way: Conventional wisdom says to dress as you would for the job you are interviewing for. IMO, every gig has the potential to bring the offer for the next gig (interview) - so dress to impress the next person who you want to hire you.

    The style of music, types of shows and types of venues you play (or want to play!) should help guide you to an appropriate level of dress: it would make as little sense wearing a tux to most bar gigs as it would to look homeless at a wedding or corporate gig. Unless you're truly pushing a punk or grunge type of vibe, you should always err on the side of "nicer".
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  12. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    To add to the list of cliches, "you never get a second chance to make a good first impression."

    Charles Manson
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  13. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    My General Attire:

    Country Gigs (Relaxed Bar): Black Graphic Tshirt, Blue Jeans, Black Boots
    Country Gig (High end Bar/Casino): Nice looking Plaid Shirt, Blue Jeans, Nice Brown Boots
    Rock Gig (Relaxed Bar): Black Graphic T, Black Jeans, Black Boots
    Rock Gig (High End): Black button shirt with Graphic T underneath, Black Jeans, Black boots
    Wedding/Corporate: Suit/Tux

    I do have a Military style cap that I'll wear to some gigs, but in general I don't wear caps. Too much between myself and the audience. Not good business in my opinion.

    Boots are great, cause they protect your toes when moving equipment. I'd hate to gig without boots.
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  14. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Never barefoot. You could get shocked or electrocuted in the event of an electrical fault
  15. Fringe pants, a Sioux reed necklace, barefoot with black glitter nail polish, eyeliner and hair down to my ass.:D How about no shoes, overalls, and a straw sombrero?
    I have a pinstripe suit for my big fat ass.
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  16. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    When I gig with my punk/reggae group, I can get away with certain pairs of shorts (some even have cargo pockets) that fit the aesthetic, but for all other gigs, I wear jeans. I live in Florida and gig even during the unbearably hot summers with jeans - even at beach gigs. Its not so bad, but I am used to it as I work in construction and many job sites require long pants and closed toe shoes. I work a lot, many time as a sub with new band leaders, and am weary that showing up with shorts may be an issue. As for shirts, it depends on the gig. Beach gigs might get a guayabera. Top 40 rock gigs might be a blazer and a black t shirt beneath, or maybe a collared shirt with the sleeves rolled up. I do get a lot of work, so I must be doing something right...
  17. whatizitman


    Sep 9, 2014
    If cargo shorts are considered off limits, are there other types of shorts that are otherwise ok? I would think cargo shorts are the least ridiculous. Bermudas? Cutoffs? Circa 80s Dolphin shorts? :vomit:
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  18. StatesideRambler


    Jul 1, 2015
    I refer you to Jimmy Buffett.
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  19. AdamR


    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Camo and sleeveless shirts.
  20. Siggy

    Siggy Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Try to dress better then your audience
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