How much thought do you put into what you wear at a gig?

GetAgrippa

Platinum Member
If it's a big gig I like to dress up. That FU t-shirt isn't "Fired Up" LOL. After the gig I destroy my kit (in flames of course) -then I explode, and my head rolls off. The audience loves it.
Then just when the audience thinks I'm dead-I come back like a Phoenix from the corpse. Ready for the next concert-after a little metamorphosis.
 

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Rattlin' Bones

Gold Member
My wife puts all the thought into what I wear lol. She says you can never go wrong with all black, So I have a black T-shirt for casual/ bars and a black Oxford shirt for jazz clubs and better venues. And a pair of black pants.
 

GetAgrippa

Platinum Member
My wife puts all the thought into what I wear lol. She says you can never go wrong with all black, So I have a black T-shirt for casual/ bars and a black Oxford shirt for jazz clubs and better venues. And a pair of black pants.
In orchestra-always black-shirt, and pants. On occasion a tux.
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
I have a black button-up short sleeved shirt I wear all the time when I play and black low-top Chucks I wear with black socks. I may get a pair of black jeans to go with it.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I used to wear various black, collared, untucked, button down shirts all the time. Like in my avi. With black jeans usually. Boring! So many others on stage wear black that I stopped doing it. I got kind of sick of it. It's almost cliche now to me. Now I just do a nice plain colored T (with no words on it) with jeans and boots. Easy ironing and I don't look like I'm trying to vie for attention. Simple. Like me.
 
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danondrums

Well-known member
It only takes a few minutes to decide on an appropriate outfit. Sometimes it's a tie and jacket, sometimes it's a t-shirt with curse words on it. Always dress appropriately for the gig.
 

eclipseownzu

Gold Member
As much thought as I put into what I wear in the morning. Im usually on stage in whatever pair of pants/band shirt I had on that day.
 

dwsabianguy

Senior Member
With my original band, my guitarist usually seems to come out looking like he just got back from a casual business appointment at a golf course. I hate it. So I don't put too much effort into my look either; I usually wear jeans and a concert T-shirt like I wear pretty much every day.

For the upcoming Rush tribute shows, I'll probably wear some sort of semi-retro jeans/T-shirt for the first set, but for the second set we'll be coming out looking like wizards in our totally-not-actually-Japanese silk robes.

When in doubt, I just wear black. It's an old habit from playing musicals, and it keeps me from gathering too much attention.
 

Rattlin' Bones

Gold Member
Remember - it's a performance. Wardrobe is part of the performance it establishes persona before you play. You never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression.
 

Chollyred

Senior Member
For my worship band gig, it's Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and sandals...Unless it's a special day, then it's a black long sleeved shirt, black slacks, and dress shoes.
 

trickg

Silver Member
You should get and wear this T-shirt. It will show that you are a serious musician and know what good music is.

Image result for Tool wrench t shirt
 

Polska

Member
Pretty much jeans always (no shorts) and my blue Chuck Taylors that match the kit. Shirt may be blue also, or black but varies each gig depending on mood.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
It's either black'n'white for the gigs that require that and for other gigs just my own casual or going out stuff.

I thought about it once, but as your typical guy I don't think about things twice unless it's important. 😄
 

trickg

Silver Member
I have a gig coming up in November playing with an indie praise and worship artist and I've never been more confused about dressing myself in my life. Do I wear a vest? Stick with plaid? Jeans or dress pants? Do I need to buy a pair of Clark's Desert Boots? Which cape?

How do you decide how to dress for gigs?
To answer this question seriously, I've done a couple of gigs like this. Typically the dress is pretty casual - jeans, athletic shoes, and a t-shirt will more than likely be fine. If you think that the t-shirt is a bit too lax or casual, go with a button-down - it shouldn't need to be plaid.
 
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