About Barbershop Costumes
A capella singing, with three voices harmonizing to the fourth, is a very enjoyable sound to many. Barbershop quartets are making a comeback in some circles, and to be authentic, many groups wear barbershop costumes. Traditional barbershop attire includes red and white striped vests, red arm bands, red bow ties, white slacks, and straw boater hats with red bands. Some groups wear red and white striped blazers instead of vests. Many barbershop groups also carry canes as accessories. Barbershop costumes are popular not just with serious singing groups, but also as attire for Halloween, costume parties, and variety show acts. The costumes are machine-washable and easy to care for. Women also form barbershop groups, and the costumes are similar, except that many groups wear white skirts instead of white slacks. Rather than musical instruments, barbershop groups rely on a pitch pipe, finger snapping, toe tapping, and their own beautiful voices. Barbershop groups are popular with the older crowd, and often perform in variety shows at nursing homes. You can find a vast inventory of barbershop quartet-related items on eBay.