Just interested in what others wear to play in various situations.
Dresses, skirts, pants?
One thing my mother always told me: never wear white to a wedding unless you’re the
bride. I only wear formal pants with a fancy blouse if it’s an afternoon or (shudder)
morning concert. Otherwise, I choose dresses or skirts. I have discovered that certain cuts
of skirts do not work at all for pedal harps. When purchasing a skirt, always sit down in the
dressing room and see if the skirt falls all over your feet. Tiered skirts, which are so
fashionable right now, are great for staying out of the way of the pedals when you sit
down. I also hate to wear black because I have to wear it all the time at orchestra.
A dressy outfit with a long, FULL skirt! I have a couple of actual formals for weddings, but prefer ankle-length, dressy street wear – this winter I had a new black velvet top with a subtle red and green floral print outlined in thin gold, that I wore with a full, flared black knit skirt. I really like velvet and have often worn the blue velvet top and velvet plaid skirt that I have on in this picture.
Shoes? Never high heels! I have a pair of black almost-flats that I always wear for harp gigs. They are comfortable, I don’t have to think about my shoes or feet, and they don’t make my knees stick up like a grasshopper’s. In fact, those shoes are in the November 2002 picture, too.
I like to wear something that will sparkle, since I’ve found that people enjoy watching my hands. So I wear a chain bracelet or close-fitting bracelet on each
I can’t play comfortably with rings on. If I forget to take my wedding ring off, I have to turn my hand sideways to dampen, in order not to buzz against the strings. The ring also restricts my ability to stretch my hand. My problem is remembering to put the ring back on, so that I don’t have to dodge all the admiring males who think I’m still available! (Just kidding.:))
Since it is safer to be overdressed than underdressed for most
occassions, I tend towards dressy but comfortable. I have a rather
extensive black wardrobe, but I prefer to add in a little color with it
like burgundy, white, or a print that blends in with
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