What happened to style for ladies? I realize this may be way off the topic of most of my posts about working musicians, but it does directly involve how female musicians dress for work. As we start a new season of symphonic performances, I often wonder what fashion choices we will see onstage and off. In recent years, orchestras have had to put dress codes in their contracts to make sure that the musicians show up for a concert dressed properly. Perhaps we need a dress code for the audience, too. I can see it now in the fine print on the back of everyone’s ticket is a phrase that says: “Dress accordingly for this event. Those who are found in violation of proper attire may be denied entry.”
Okay, that may be going too far, but many fine restaurants and golf courses have dress codes about “no tank tops, no shorts, jacket required, etc.” Maybe Performing Arts Centers should have a dress code for their patrons. Until they do, I have a few suggestions for the ladies.