So your garage band is ready for more than YouTube and it's time to do professional recording and photo sessions to get a solid image for touring that booking agents can use in promotion. That' means it's time to work on your band style as well as your music
So how do you up your image and style ante without using a lot of money?
The local Savers thrift store is a treasure trove of good, vintage, stylish clothes that can stretch the visual appeal of the band while also stretching the budget.
Your local vintage shops and thrift stores can have fun, funky, stylish clothes that are inexpensive with plenty of wear still in them. This can be a great place to start for clothes and make a little wardrobe budget go far. Consider incorporating a thrift store run in each of the cities that you play in for greater diversity.
The next style option is to partner with a fashion design student. The fashion design student gets their designs in front of the public or in photos and you get something original to wear to help define the personal style of the band. To find these fashion students visit the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise website or your local community college and university. The fashion department is usually cataloged under the art department. Popular indie music fashion designer Angela Johnson came out of the FIDM school and also teaches at a local community college in Arizona. The style talent is around you, you just need to tap into it.
Social media sites are perfect for finding new style talent also. There are several meetup.com fashion groups, and of course Facebook is full of fashionistas also, just post a request and see what type of style trade you can make.
Your hairstyles can be a signature part of the band and music you become known for. You never know when big rocker hair is going to come back in style, so best get prepared now. Whether you need a cut,color,perm or weave, these services are best left to the professionals.
If you don't have professional budget for these services the beauty schools are a great option. All services are performed by students learning with a professional stylist as an instructor. I suggest you take a photo of your hair vision along to the appointment to help inspire the creativity of the student stylist.
These services are more than half off of what you would pay in a salon.
A little makeup goes along way on stage and in your photo shoots. Your most important step to look great in a photo is to take good care of your skin. Slather on a little lightweight moisturizer with SPF to get things started. Follow with spf lip balm because cracked chapped lips never photograph well. Just before a photoshoot prep your skin by using an oil absorbing matte powder to tone down shine before the flashes start popping. You may want to use the face powder on stage on the sweat level during performance.
Eyeliner, or in some cases it is called guyliner is worth the effort. A smudgy smokey eye photographs beautifully and holds up fairly well on stage under hot lights. Most importantly it "pops" the eye and makes them stand out more. Experiment with different brands of pencils, creme or powdered eyeshadows as eyeliner.
Remember, a little makeup goes along way in a more polished and professional look. You decide your level of cosmetic comfort somewhere between Duran Duran and Twisted Sister.
Congratulations on your budding music career and shaping a style of your own.
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