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simplydevastated posted 6/14/2013 08:13 AM

My DD6 is dancing in her first recital. I'm so excited for her. She has three dance routines to perform with her class.

I've never been to a recital so I'm not sure what to wear. I want to look nice for her. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of clothes. They are on opposite ends of the scale, nothing in between. I have business suits and jeans and T-shirts.

What should I wear?

itainteasy posted 6/14/2013 08:15 AM

I think something like a maxi dress with sandals would be nice...is shopping an option?

jo2love posted 6/14/2013 08:22 AM

Each year at my DD's dance recital, the parents do not get dressed up. I wore jean capris and a tshirt. The focus is more on them. If you aren't sure, maybe ask the dance studio how other parents dress.

Congrats on her first recital!

[This message edited by jo2love at 8:22 AM, June 14th (Friday)]

Undefinabl3 posted 6/14/2013 08:23 AM

I like the maxi dress idea, but if that is not you,

I suggest that you wear the slacks of the business suit and just a top that you dont need to wear the jacket with.

Or make a trip to the local goodwill / salvation army type store. They usually have something and it wont cost an arm and a leg to buy.

On a side note:

My parents divorced when i was about 8, and I still did recitals and stuff. I always thought my dad looked like a star in his suites, ties, and cowboy hat/boots...so it was my favorite look for him.

Because he knew this, no matter what I was doing, he Always dressed that way for me. 100 degree swim meets? in a suit and tie. Marching in the parade - watched me in a suit and tie.

He even took me to the little county fair in a suit and tie once. I felt like a star with a body guard

simplydevastated posted 6/14/2013 08:42 AM

Thanks for all the ideas!

I would LOVE more maxi dresses! My only maxi dress is my new one, it's brown tie-dye with little sparkles in the white parts and spaghetti straps. I don't have anything to put on over my shoulders. She has a birthday party to go to two days later and I was planning on wearing that dress to the party because it's going to be outside.

My suits are all skirts, I don't have any suit pants. I never thought they looked good on me. My "go-to" suit is a black pencil skirt with a black jacket and I usually wear a cream colored blouse under it. The problem is the only shoes I have for that suit are 3" heels. I don't like being 6' 3" but I still wear it. The last time I wore it was in January to my Aunt's funeral.

I have some other knee length black skirts with cream colored flower pattern. I wore that to my son's First Communion. With that skirt I usually wear flats.

My husband did say he was going to give me more money for clothes shopping, but I'm not sure when that will happen. So I may need to stick with what's in my closet.

Thanks, Jo. I can't wait. She's been working so hard.

Undefinabl3, that is so awesome your dad that! Thank you for sharing your stories.

[This message edited by simplydevastated at 8:44 AM, June 14th (Friday)]

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/14/2013 08:52 AM

Casual and comfortable! Those can be LONG days

simplydevastated posted 6/14/2013 08:56 AM

This is going to be from 6pm to...whenever

So, if no one sees me posting Friday, send in the marines, I'm still at the recital

Sad in AZ posted 6/14/2013 09:14 AM

Do you have a frilly, cute top that you can wear with jeans and some nice shoes? If not, you could probably get one pretty inexpensively at Forever 21 (I'm almost 21 x 3 but I still shop there )

jo2love posted 6/14/2013 09:24 AM

Those can be LONG days

Totally agree with, Lucky. Think 3 1/2-4hrs.

Don't forget to bring tissues for the tears of pride.

tushnurse posted 6/14/2013 09:42 AM

Congrats to you and your little one.

My oldest niece was the dancer of our family, and she was with a great studio. I loved going to her 4 hour recitals because there were so many great routines. The little ones were also darling, and hysterical. She's in college now, and quit dance her Jr of high school, and I can say I missed going to those recitals.

My DD did competetive cheer, and we had competitions no recitals, and oh sweet jiminie those were painful. She is now done with that chapter in her life (THANK THE GODS!!!)

simplydevastated posted 6/14/2013 10:02 AM

Thanks Sad, I don't have any. I've always dressed conservative (I guess that would be a good word it). I'm almost 21 x 2 and I do like some of their clothes, and I can't believe the prices!

Not to worry, I plan on bringing lots and lots of tissue.

Thanks TN! I used to like watching the competitive cheers on TV. Those girls were good. I'm not sure my area does anything like that.

We went to one performance my daughter danced in in Dec, it was really cute. It was only her and one other student in her class. The other performances are all volunteer except for the end of year recital.

There was one toddler there (the rest of her class didn't show up) and she got right out there and did her little dance. It was adorable. She received the biggest round of applause.

jrc1963 posted 6/14/2013 15:12 PM

I don't know how the dress up there but we were just at my DS's band concert and people were dressed anywhere from just come from work to Florida Casual (shorts and flip flops and tank tops)

I always try to dress in the middle of that so my son knows that I take his performance seriously and take a little effort to dress for it.

But that's just me

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 6/14/2013 17:36 PM

I always just wore a nice pair of capris and a dressier t-shirt to Dora's recitals.

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