Where do I find affordable outfits for my orchestra?

You’ve got your repertoire picked and rehearsed.  You’ve got the auditorium reserved for your students’ special concert.  Now, what will your students wear to exhibit their talent, professionalism and hard work?  Rivar’s has several options to outfit your students affordably, quickly – and best of all, with style.

In stock concert dresses


1200CAS in stock concert dress, ready for fast shipments!


Classic, in stock 1210CAS style

Rivar’s carries multiple dress styles in stock during our peak months from August through December.  Our best-selling concert styles are ready to go when you need them.  These styles are timeless, easy to care for, and affordable for your students.  A black concert dress continues to be one of our most requested items, and these products deliver!  Rivar’s strives to make sizing easy for you.  For our in stock dresses, you can use our size charts, or we can send you our Rivar’s sizing garments.  Rivar’s stands out in the industry with our custom hemming offering on ALL dresses – free of charge!

Quick ship concert dresses


1205CEL is a quick ship dress, available in multiple colors!


Our best-selling 1202CAQ quick ship dress is available in 2-4 weeks!

If you want a bit more customization options, or some color to enhance your performance, look no further than the Rivar’s concert quick ship line.  Four of our best-selling concert styles are available in a short 2-4 week production time, with multiple color options for each style.  Ordering is easy – pick your style and color, use our Rivar’s sizing garments and place an order with your personal Rivar’s account manager.  We will take it from there!  Do you need children’s sizes for some of your students?  Multiple dresses in our quick ship line come in both children’s and adult sizes.  And, as always, custom hemming is included in the cost of your dress!

Quick ship separates


Our 2064SEP shrug is a perfect pairing with one of our concert dresses

If you are looking for separates to outfit your group, Rivar’s is your source.  Several top, pant and skirt options are available in a quick 2-4 week production time.  Separates are great items to build your inventory – you can mix and match for years to come.

Contact our account management team today – we can set you up with a personal account manager to take care of your costuming needs.  With 30 years in the music education industry, we understand you, and we are ready to make your group stand out from the crowd!

What do I wear under my show choir costumes?

You’ve got the stunning costume, but what else do you need to wear with it?  Great undergarments will make your costume look better, and will make you feel more supported in your performance.  We’ve got the dish on the undergarments you need to perform!


A long line bra hides well under a show choir dress, and offers great support.

A supportive bra

Many costumes require a strapless bra, because of thin straps or detailed necklines.  A long line bra is often available in a strapless option, and extends down to or past the navel.  This helps smooth out the body under your costume, and also keeps you supported through heavy choreography.  Consider visiting a local specialty store, where representatives can help you find the right size.  Teachers, do you want to avoid the need of a strapless bra for your students?  Talk with your Rivar’s account manager about dress styles that work well with a bra with straps.


Rivar’s dance briefs are available in 14 colors, and are in stock!

Dance briefs

Dance briefs under your show choir dresses are a must.  With lots of choreography and movement, you want to make sure you are covered.  Some teachers choose a nude dance brief, if they want one dance brief to work with all the costumes students are wearing.  Other teachers prefer the dance brief to match each costume.  Rivar’s carries dance briefs in stock, in 14 colors, at only $10 each!


Rivar’s microfiber dance tights are in stock, and available for ordering online!

Dance tights


Quality dance tights are a great investment for your show choir costume.  Convenience store hosiery may be less expensive, but you will likely need to replace it several times throughout your season.  Dance tights are made for performance – they help support you, they make you look better under your costume and they will likely last longer.  Rivar’s offers two tight options – a shimmer tight, and a microfiber tight at the low price of $12-$13 per pair.


Rivar’s camisole leotard offers great coverage for backstage quick changes.

Camisole leotard

With quick costume changes backstage, some students are looking for a little extra coverage to feel comfortable.  Camisole leotards conceal well under many costumes, but keep you covered once the costume comes off.  A supportive bra and dance tights are still necessary underneath the camisole leotard.

Rivar’s online store is a great resource for show choir undergarments.  All items are typically in stock, and available for quick and convenient ordering online.

How do I outfit the boys in my concert choir?

How do I outfit the boys in my concert choir?

You’ve got the girls in your group set with a beautiful dress.  Now how about the boys?  Rivar’s offers several men’s options that are classic, timeless, and pair beautifully with our women’s collection.


3003MFV men’s full vest in Emerald/Black Stretch Iridescent Taffeta

Our men’s vests can be customized to match your women’s dresses.  The cut of our vests is timeless, and the Velcro-front closure makes them very easy to wear.  Sizing is simple with our Rivar’s sizing garments, which allow you to pick the right size for each student.  Our classic 3003MFV vest is available as a quick ship item in our popular Stretch Iridescent Taffeta fabric – a perfect pairing with several dresses in our quick ship women’s collection.

Rivar's classic tuxedo ensemble

Rivar’s classic tuxedo ensemble

A classic tuxedo will never go out of style, and will be an asset in your costume inventory for years.  Rivar’s offers tuxedo pieces – jackets, pants, shirt, and accessories – sold separately, so you can fit each piece accordingly.  We even offer a tuxedo package price, if you order the entire ensemble for the boys in your group.  Interested in saving $26 per student when you order the whole ensemble?  Contact our account management team today!

NEW! Rivar's exclusive slim fit blazers in red, with black faux leather details

NEW! Rivar’s exclusive slim fit blazers in red, with black faux leather details

Rivar’s offers several men’s options that stride the line between fashion forward and performance-appropriate.  Our men’s blazers, classic suits and slim suits are sleek and cutting edge – your students will love how they look for their performance!  Most of our men’s pieces are sold separately, so you can pick individual sizes for each piece.  We also carry most of the items in stock, for quick shipments to you.

Our account management team is here to help you create the perfect look for your group.  We will also guide you through your sizing and ordering questions to make the process as easy as possible for you.  Start browsing our online catalog to plan your costumes today!

How to Buy Show Choir Shoes: 4 Things to Look For

How to Buy Show Choir Shoes: 4 Things to Look For

Show choir shoes come in a variety of shapes, colors, and designs. Check out your local dance supply store for selections, or many styles can be found online, at stores like Discount Dance Supply. Here are a few of our favorite designs:

Capezio T-Strap Character Shoes

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Capezio T-strap character shoes

You can’t go wrong with a classic T-Strap. These shoes will provide plenty of support for the girls in your choir while giving them a clean, stylish look.

Laduca Shoes – Rachelle


Laduca shoes – Rachelle style

Laducas are the Louis Vuittons of show choir. Not only are they comfortable, but look at those straps! You will be sure to wow the judges with theses fashion forward character shoes.

Capezio Dance Sneakers


Capezio dance sneaker

These shock absorbing sneakers are perfect for choirs that have more hip hop and jazz based movement. They are light weight and flexible, allowing maximum articulation and movement.

Capezio Standard Social Dance Shoe


Capezio men’s social dance shoe

This social dance shoe is the go to for most choirs. You get the best of both worlds, flexibility and a sharp, clean look. Great for both classical and show choirs.

We know that shoes are only one small piece of the show choir costume decisions you need to make.  Call Rivar’s to help you with the rest!  800-775-4829 or contact us here.

How do I costume my middle school choir?

How do I costume my middle school choir?

We get this question nearly every day from our customers – I love the costumes in your catalog, but will they work for my smaller-sized students?  The answer?  In many cases, YES!  Our latest catalog features expanded options for groups who may need both children’s and adult sizes.


Rivar’s best-selling 1002FLD-AS style

Our best-selling, easy-care 1002FLD-AS dress will be your costume best friend.  The benefits to this dress are endless!

  1. Easy to care for – it is machine washable!
  2. Easy to fit – this dress is full stretch, making it easier to fit growing bodies.
  3. Quick to get – we carry this dress in stock during our peak season of August through December, for quick shipments to you.
  4. Versatile – this dress is age-appropriate.  The style is timeless.  The full circle skirt works great with choreography, but the cut and color also lend itself to concert repertoire.

1033PAN panel style dress in Ocean/Silver Sparkle Illusion


2066TUN tunic style in Krazy Kat Metallic Knit


1202CAQ quick ship dress in Royal/Black Stretch Iridescent Taffeta

Our expanded line of children’s apparel is everything you love about our regular collection, but made for your younger students (Great styles!  Gorgeous glitters and sequins!  Top-notch quality!).  Browse our new catalog, and look for items with the “Children’s Sizes” icon.  These items are available in both children’s and adult sizes.  These items were strategically picked with you in mind – we understand you want your students to feel glamourous, but you also want them to look age-appropriate.  Our Rivar’s sizing garments also make the sizing process easy for you and your students.


3004MFV vest in Silver/Black Stretch Iridescent Taffeta


MCL-7435 suit jacket and MCL-7202 flat front dress pants

Smaller boys in your groups will also benefit from great fit and styles from Rivar’s.  Several of our vests are available in both boys and men’s sizes.  These vests can be customized to pair with your selection for the girls.  We also carry boys sizes in some of our popular cotton/poly blend shirts and dress pants.  Looking for a full suit?  Our MCL-7435 black suit jacket and coordinating pants are in stock in men’s sizes, but can be special ordered in boys sizes upon request.  Ask your account manager for more details!

Talk with your Rivar’s account manager about your students, the sizes they need, and the look you are working to create.  Click here to contact us today!

Rivar’s has a blog!

Rivar’s has a blog!

Rivars_2015_TwitterProfilePic_400x400Our team gets it – the job of a teacher is constantly getting harder to manage, and ordering costumes is only one small piece of what you have to tackle daily.  You work hard!  The Rivar’s team always strives to make your job easier – when you call Rivar’s, you will have a personal account manager you speak with every time.  Our catalog is full of the options you want, but the budget-conscious choices you need.  And we are here to help you get through the sizing and ordering process as quickly and painlessly as possible!

As experts in the music education industry, we get asked the same questions a lot.  What are the best costume choices for my show choir?  How do I take care of my concert choir dresses?  What kind of shoes are best for the costume I’ve picked?  We knew a blog would be a great place for you to find these answers.  Stay tuned for specialized posts that are here to help YOU – to answer the questions you have, and maybe make your job a little easier.

Contact our account management team today to start planning for your best school year yet.  It’s never too early to get the process started!  You can call our team at 800-775-4829, or email us at sales@rivars.com.  Happy summer!

Account Manager

Rivar’s, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom performance apparel for youth and adult performing organizations, including show choir, concert choir/band, orchestra, and Sweet Adeline groups. We are seeking an account manager to develop and grow sales revenue through customer management and relationships. Account managers are focused on retaining existing customer relationships, attracting new customers and growing the market share.


– Create and maintain positive relationships with new and existing customers

– Answer customer questions pertaining to performance apparel advice, sizing for costumes, ordering costumes, caring for costumes, etc.

– Systematically follow-up with customers to ensure all needs are being met

– Order entry

– Collaborate with production department to ensure customer needs are met throughout the ordering process

– Limited travel throughout the year to visit existing customers, seek new customers and promote company


– Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required

– Prior experience in performing organizations, such as show choir, concert choir/band, orchestra, and Sweet Adeline groups a plus

– Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills

– Strong organization and time management skills

– Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

– Ability to multi-task effectively

– Ability to successfully handle a large customer load

– Enthusiastic and pleasant personality

– Proficient in Microsoft Office suite

– Ability and willingness to travel

– Desire to learn

Click here to apply for this position.