Apparel (2023-2024)

(updated 08/07/2023)

Each Langley HS Orchestra student is required to obtain formal concert apparel: gentleman wear a black tuxedo with white tux shirt; ladies wear a floor-length dress with black velvet bodice and green taffeta skirt as detailed below. In addition, each orchestra student is required to wear a black polo shirt with the LHS Orchestra logo for the fall concert and other informal performances or events, and a black t-shirt with the LHS orchestra logo for fundraisers and on trips. Each student is required to be in the designated formal or informal concert attire in order to perform. Please contact Doc if financial assistance is needed.

Polos and T-Shirts (and other spiritwear):

The required orchestra polo shirt and t-shirt, as well as optional spiritwear items, can be purchased at Langley Orchestra online spirit wear shop from August 5th through September 15th. Once ordered online, spiritwear will be distributed in orchestra classes before the first concert on Oct 17th, 2023. The polo shirt will be worn at the first concert. Anyone with any spiritwear questions, please contact Spiritwear Coordinator Angela Yang.


Students will need to dress in formalwear for the second, third and fourth concerts. Please make sure to order your gown or tuxedo with ample time for any needed alterations before the concert.

Dresses: Langley Orchestra’s formal black velvet and green taffeta dresses are made to order by Mrs. Theu Nguyen at a cost of $190. Mrs. Nguyen will take initial measurements at Orchestra Orientation on August 17th, 2023. Please contact her if you would like to order a dress. Mrs. Nguyen’s contact information is: 1600 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, VA 22101, phone 703-749-9535, email  Please be sure to allow ample time for a fitting when your dress is nearly completed. Black closed-toe shoes are also required and should be brought to the final fitting.

Tuxedos: A solid black notch-collar tuxedo jacket, tux pants (either pleated or flat front), solid white wing collar tux shirt, black satin bow tie, and black satin cummerbund can be ordered from Formal Fashions,, 800-528-7909. Items can be ordered separately (under “Formalwear”) or there is a 5-pc notch-lapel tux package available here. Black dress socks and black dress shoes are also required. Please allow ample time for alterations as the tux pants will be unhemmed.

Pre-Owned Apparel:

A number of professionally dry-cleaned pre-owned dresses and tuxes as well as spiritwear items will be available for purchase at orientation on August 17, 2023 beginning at 12:00pm, and thereafter by contacting Masami Smith, our formalwear coordinator. Please be prepared to pay via cash or check. Prices vary depending on the item, but are approximately 50% of the cost of the new item. Contact Formalwear Coordinator Masami Smith with any questions.