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Old 06-09-2014, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I am sure many of you have seen the Seattle Symphony performing Baby Got Back with Sir-Mix-A-Lot.
Here's The Seattle Symphony Performing 'Baby Got Back' With Sir Mix-A-Lot - Digg

I loved this performance, but I was absolutely appalled at the ladies wearing their workout clothing! Trainers and running tights with hoodies! To the symphony?

Whatever happened to dressing for the occasion. I mean I think jeans and a nice top would have been on the casual end, but that is totally ridiculous to be wearing sneakers!

So what do you think, what is appropriate to wear to the symphony, orchestra, ballet and other dress up affairs?
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:32 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Business casual is considered acceptable for the symphony now. Add in Sir-Mix-A-Lot to the mix and you have to expect some additional level of casualness. It's like not wearing a suit and tie to work any more unless you are a lawyer, people like to be comfortable. I have no problem with nice jeans or Dockers, and a Polo shirt for any kind of performance. Sneakers and hoodies would normally be a bit much but I'm not surprised in this case.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:33 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I am sure many of you have seen the Seattle Symphony performing Baby Got Back with Sir-Mix-A-Lot.
Here's The Seattle Symphony Performing 'Baby Got Back' With Sir Mix-A-Lot - Digg

I loved this performance, but I was absolutely appalled at the ladies wearing their workout clothing! Trainers and running tights with hoodies! To the symphony?

Whatever happened to dressing for the occasion.
Are you serious?
Hoodies are totally appropriate when you are featuring Sir Mix-a-Lot singing 'Baby Got Back", symphony or other.
It's not like that was a dignified affair....
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:17 PM
 
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So one has to buy a fancy dress or suit and tie to be able to enjoy a live performance of classical music? Good thing I can buy a CD or listen to it on the radio.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:30 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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So one has to buy a fancy dress or suit and tie to be able to enjoy a live performance of classical music? Good thing I can buy a CD or listen to it on the radio.
Oh, c'mon... surely you have one nice outfit you can wear!
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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Oh, c'mon... surely you have one nice outfit you can wear!
Nothing that makes one think i make over $10k a year
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:40 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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All sorts go to the symphony... even students who make less than that.
Why do you think your income plays into it? No one knows that but you... and they won't know unless you tell them.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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I would dress nice to go to a play or symphony, but honestly couldn't care less what someone else chooses to wear. I've noticed that as time goes on, people dress more and more casual even for situations that people would dress up for in the past. Lots of people don't even dress up for church anymore...just shorts/jeans and a polo. It is what it is.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:51 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I loved this performance, but I was absolutely appalled at the ladies wearing their workout clothing! Trainers and running tights with hoodies! To the symphony?

Whatever happened to dressing for the occasion. I mean I think jeans and a nice top would have been on the casual end, but that is totally ridiculous to be wearing sneakers!
I agree with you 100%

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Oh, c'mon... surely you have one nice outfit you can wear!
It doesn't even have to be that "nice" ... just casual attire you would wear to a good restaurant - but not gym wear or something you would wear while washing the car!

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Business casual is considered acceptable for the symphony now. Add in Sir-Mix-A-Lot to the mix and you have to expect some additional level of casualness. It's like not wearing a suit and tie to work any more unless you are a lawyer, people like to be comfortable. I have no problem with nice jeans or Dockers, and a Polo shirt for any kind of performance. Sneakers and hoodies would normally be a bit much but I'm not surprised in this case.
If it's the symphony (performing artist is no excuse) in a Symphonic Hall or Opera House: athletic shorts, work-out clothes, leotards, hoodies, tank tops, even white T-shirt undershirts are extremely gauche and déclassé.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I only go in the afternoons, if then. Almost no one dresses up.

I don't go in my grubby gardening clothes: I'm neat and clean, but I rarely dress up on weekends, and if the event requires more than business casual, I probably won't go.
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