December 06, 2013

What To Wear to a Music Industry Holiday Party

The holiday season is a time of office and professional organization parties. But as we've discussed before, when you're a student attending a professional event it can be hard to figure out what to wear that will leave a positive impression without making you stand out for the wrong reasons. After all, these events are not just a chance for fun and festivities, but an opportunity to meet someone who may be able to offer a job or internship lead down the road. So, how can you show off your personality while still looking like you belong in the music industry?

Here are some tips to help you put together an outfit that makes you feel great but won't make you look out of place at a music industry holiday party: 
  • Music industry holiday parties tend to exist in a dress code space that falls somewhere between casual and formal and professional and artistic. You'll see jeans, dresses, sweaters, suits, dress shirts, trendy outfits, and everything in between. 
  • Black is a safe color for any music event and is an industry-wide staple, especially in New York City where the color is ubiquitous in general.
  • Trendy is alright, the music world is, after all, partly responsible for defining trends. 
  • It is still a networking event so you still need to look professional. Avoid too much skin. Or too much of anything really- makeup, jewelry, perfume, etc. 
  • Feel free to embrace some of the style of dress associated with a music genre you identify with (such as country, punk, or hip-hop) as long as you don't go too overboard (channeling Beyonce is good, Nicki Minaj in this case is not). 
  • Consider what you might wear to a networking event, and then find something a bit more dressy and formal. Consider the venue. 
  • A bit of holiday sparkle in the form of glitter or sequins is acceptable, as long as you don't wind up resembling a disco ball. 
  • You should dress differently for a holiday party at a bar (less formal) than one in a fancy event space that is used for weddings (more formal). 
  • Take something formal and dress it down (like a little black dress with a trendy, edgy moto jacket), or dress up an informal item (such as jeans with a dress shirt and tie). 
  • You can show off your personality, the music business is based on creativity so let it shine. Just be sure you still look like someone they'd trust to work for them. 
  •  For examples, you can view photos from the Philadelphia and Pacific Northwest Chapters of The Recording Academy's holiday parties by clicking on the appropriate link.
  • Some examples of looks from Amazon are above but you can find similar clothing from places like Forever 21, H&M, Target, New York & Company, Torrid, Kohl's, and Ross. 
What do you think? What do you usually wear to professionally-oriented holiday parties? Let us know!

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