Conductors' attire: a tux that works?
Date: October 21, 2013
I conduct a communty/auditioned handbell choir, and I've always worn a tux for performances. Recently they've all upgraded to a more formal look including full tuxes for the men. So I need to replace mine-- it's getting threadbare and I'm even considering tails as a step above the performers.
Yesterday I was reminded how annoying this is: when I conduct, the back of the jacket collar rises way up at the slightest lifing of my arms. I swear that sometimes the collar itself is hitting me in the middle of the back of my head and I have to look like some Quasimodo person up there. My conducting is not what I'd call dramatic.
Does anyone have experience in how to get a tux that actually behaves itself when conducting?
Chuck in St. Louis