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I'll be doing a stage show on the 19th of December for Children's Christmas Celebration. I was thinking about wearing something contemporary but at the same time look good. What do you think if a tall and tanned person wears a white long sleeve shirt, untucked and a dark green, slighly brownish long pants. I'll leave my long sleeves out and unbuttoned. What do you think?

If you think it looks horrible, I might have to switch to the white/black attire. White top, black slacks.
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What are the guests wearing? If they are all in suit an tie or evening wear, you are going to look rather underdressed. Also, having your shirt tails out, unless the shirt is designed for such wear (and dress shirts like Arrow are NOT), then you will look unkempt.

Just some things to consider...

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When discussing fashion one must also take into account geography. What works in the Midwest may not work on the west coast and almost certainly will not work in France. But, for looking sharp, keeping the shirt tucked in is about as universal as it gets.
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I believe there was a similar thread where Peter Marucci said you need to look "special", regardless of what you wear - I think I agree with that. I also go along with the rule of dressing up one level from your audience.

Of course, there are always exceptions to this.

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Costumes have always been one of my "hot buttons". I dress for my audience. Never forget that you are not an "honored guest", you are a "hired servant" of your employer to entertain his or her guests. Again as Lee and Ron hinted, you are not a guest. Don't embarrass your sponsor, talent buyer, promoter, or ticket holder.

On stage at night I usually dress one of two ways. One is a true costume like in the silver tails, whites, flashy colors, etc. I also have it in the dinner jacket length. For truly formal occasions in which costumes are even inappropriate, I dress formally in white tie or black tie, as the occasions require. There certainly are occasions when costumes are inappropriate. Good agents will recognize them and tip you off. But you are still ultimately responsible.

Costumes usually are changed during the show. Formal dress stays the same throughout the show. Costumes give more latitude in color, texture and design. Lucy and I have a room full of formal blacks, pin stripes, and midnight blues in formal and semiformal clothes that we use when costumes are not in keeping with the occasion. We also have costumes with backup costumes that are bright, shinny, showy and would be totally unsuitable for a business or formal affair.

I personally find it embarrassing that so many people today not only cannot tell black tie (semiformal) from formal white tie in formal dress, but they also can't tell formal dress from a costume. Lucy and I have saved columns from the social pages of newspapers where the reporters show our photos, but from their reports, obviously don't know black tie from white tie or proper formal dress from a stage costume. It is not a rare problem among those who are not finished in those areas. However, it can still be a source of embarrassment to the talent buyer.

I have even read recent accounts on the Internet where the writer/reporter, claiming to be a qualified critic in the field of Vegas magic, did not know a stage costume from formal dress. (However, at the time I was doing magic there for one of the world's largest electronics firms and computer companies in the 70s and 80s, he claims that he was a sales clerk in a children's magic shop up the strip. The venues are very different. Yet, the incapacity to tell the difference is still apparent to others who make decisions.)

Your dress still has to fit your show and audience. In the booth on the exhibit floor at trade shows, I wear suits and even sports coats, if that is fitting with the sponsor's image. (Some have even required company logos on them.)

Schools, churches and community organizations are seldom truly formal. However, it is still a special occasion to them. Respect them and their special occasion and show it. Dress well.

I have no problem with the slacks. On first blush, I would not go with the shirt tails out. How does it look to the most critical grandmother in the audience?

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