Heading to a concert is about so much more than just listening to your favorite music. Deciding what to wear is just as important. In this article, we’ll talk about the different fashion you’ll find at different types of concerts.
We’ll also discuss some of the options that women and men have when they’re choosing a concert outfit, including popular trends.
When you’re done reading, you’ll have a better idea of what to wear to a concert, so you can take a look at your own wardrobe and figure out what you want to try on.
Let’s jump right in!
In this chapter, we will be talking about concert outfit fundamentals. When you’re done reading through all of this information, you’ll be able to come up with an outfit that is comfortable while also expressing your unique personality and fashion sense.
What is a concert outfit?
A concert outfit includes a number of articles of clothing that are matched together to create what you’re wearing to this specific event. Most people choose very comfortable clothing for concerts since you’ll likely be moving around, standing for long periods of time, and dancing.
There is a lot to take into consideration when you’re trying to choose the right outfit for an upcoming concert. Your outfit may include something that shows how important that musical group is to you. Maybe it’s a t-shirt, some accessories, etc.
There may be a very specific style of dress that a certain band wears that will inspire your outfit. You’ll notice that style tends to vary quite a bit if you’re going to a boy band concert for young teens versus a hard rock concert where even adults will be attending.
How do you know where to begin with your concert outfit? You probably don’t want to stray too far from your own personal style. There is a certain type of clothing that you’re comfortable in, so try to work with the items that you already have. You can also incorporate something new if you want to purchase something special for the occasion.
Why is it important to select the right concert outfit?
There are a few reasons why it’s important to select the right concert outfit. For starters, you should feel comfortable with what you’re wearing. You don’t want to be standing at a concert adjusting your outfit every few seconds. You should be able to listen to the music and enjoy yourself without being uncomfortable.
The right concert outfit will vary from person to person and from musical group to musical group. You probably already know what to expect in the way of clothing if you’re already a big fan of the band that you’re going to see.
If you’ve seen them live before, then you may have an idea of what people have worn in the past. You don’t want to stand out at a concert in a way that feels like you don’t belong. You want to fit in so that you can have fun and feel like you can meet new people that like the same kind of music that you do.
The kind of clothing you might wear to a country music concert might make you feel a bit self-conscious if you wear it to a punk rock show. Read on to find out a bit more about choosing the right outfit for a concert.
What aspects should you consider to deciding on your concert outfit?
There are a few different things to consider if you’re going to be going to a concert in the near future and are trying to pick out your outfit. Some things may apply more than others, but it’s a good idea to run down this list entirely to ensure that you haven’t missed anything.
The first thing that you want to take into consideration is where the concert is going to be. Are you going to be outside for the event or indoors? If you’re going to be outside, your outfit is more important than you think.
Not only do you have a style to worry about, but you should also be giving some thought to being comfortable and safe from the elements. The concert may be some months away, but you should think about what the weather is usually like at that time of year.
Layers are a good idea for locations where it might be hot at the concert’s start and then become cooler as the evening progresses.
If you’re going to be inside, wear something that will keep you cool. Most indoor concerts tend to get pretty warm because of the number of bodies that are in one confined place.
You probably want to avoid wearing a coat to the concert if possible. You’ll also get overheated if you’re wearing it, and then you’ll have to figure out how to carry your coat around for the rest of the night.
What accessories should you wear to complete your concert outfit?
Accessorizing an outfit for a concert is a fun way to add some personality and style to what you’re wearing. You’ll find there are a lot of different accessories to choose from.
This can include all kinds of earrings (you might want to keep them short if you’re concerned they could get caught on somebody in a large crowd), stacked bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings, and more.
You really don’t have to hold back with your concert outfit when it comes to accessories. This is the place to really let loose and express yourself.
There are some accessories that look great with your outfit, but they also add a degree of practicality to your ensemble. If you’re going to be at an outdoor concert for any length of time, sunglasses and hats are two items you should probably have on hand.
A hat will protect your face from the sun, so you don’t experience sunburn. It can also help block some of the sun from hitting your face and eyes, allowing you to see the performance better.
Sunglasses are probably something you already have laying around, so make sure you grab a pair to take along with you. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays when you’re going to be looking at the concert for a few hours.
They can also improve your vision so you can see everything that’s going on with clarity. If the sun goes down and you no longer need your sunglasses, simply toss them in your bag or slide them on the top of your head.
However, not all types of sunglasses will do the trick. For one reason or another, concerts are not the best place to wear delicate sunglasses. They can fall down from your head, and someone can accidentally step on them, for instance. Thus, we advise you to wear a sunglasses type that’s cool but not too delicate. You’ve got plenty of types of sunglasses to choose from. Just grab your favorite!
What to wear to a country concert?
Country concerts are a lot of fun. The music is enjoyable, and you can embrace the style that people bring to these events. If you’ve been to a country concert many times before, you probably have some items that you can pick from in your closet. If this is your first country concert, then you’re probably at a loss as to what you should wear.
Country concerts aren’t overly formal, and you can expect to see a lot of red, white, and blue hues. From blue jeans to tank tops with American flags on them, country music is all about Americana style.
Keep things really casual, such as with a pair of cutoff denim shorts paired with a crop t-shirt. A cowboy hat or a type of hat with a large brim will protect you from the sun while also adding some country flare. Cowboy boots can be worn with full-length jeans, but you can also wear them with your shorts.
A really cute outfit for females at a country concert would consist of a pair of tight denim shorts. On top, opt for a very flowing and billowy shirt that sits off the shoulders.
Keep it neutral in color because you’re going to add a pop of color by way of red or blue cowboy boots. Wear your hair loose and wavy so you can experience the music and feel the wind in your hair.
What to wear to a rap concert?
A rap concert is a location where you’ll see some very specific style trends. Hip hop and rap culture incorporate some very distinct items into outfits. The current trends point to outfits for females like skinny jeans, crop tops, high-top sneakers, and plenty of accessories.
Men tend to wear things like baggy pants that sit low on their hips, athletic clothing, t-shirts, baseball hats with a flat brim, athletic sneakers, boots, and loose jackets. Hip hop style can incorporate shorts and other items we just talked about in warmer weather or for outdoor concerts.
Opt for bright colors that really embrace your culture and style. You can also wear a graphic t-shirt that expresses your interest in a certain rap group. Besides, you can wear a shirt that shows a popular musical artist that inspires many of the different rappers and hip-hop artists that are popular right now.
A pair of slouchy pants, a crop top, and a baggy athletic jacket is a super cute outfit to wear if the weather is cool outside. This outfit will also create a breezy option if you do happen to get a little bit warm at the show.
There’s a lot of movement and activity at a rap concert. So stay away from things that may be too revealing, like a short dress or skirt. Don’t let your pants hang too loosely if you’re worried about them being a nuisance as your dance with the music.
What to wear to a rock concert?
Rock concerts are a very fun and loud event that provides the opportunity to socialize and listen to some of your favorite music. When it comes to what you wear to a rock concert, styles vary a bit.
Whether you’re going to a big arena show or simply looking to see a lesser-known band in a small club, choosing the right outfit makes a big impact on what your evening will be like. Need some ideas? We’re here to help inspire you.
Color is usually pretty limited at a rock concert. Don’t be afraid to put together an entire outfit that is based on black clothing. Of course, this can make you feel pretty hot if you’re going to be at an outdoor show for the entire day.
So choosing some alternative rock concert outfits may be a good idea. If you’re not worried about the temperature because you’re staying inside, work some leather into the mix as well.
Denim is another rock concert staple. You can start with a basic pair of denim jeans in either shade of black or blue. From there, add in a basic t-shirt that’s solid in color or features a graphic of one of your favorite bands.
There’s a general rule at rock concerts where you’re not necessarily supposed to wear a shirt for the band you’re going to see. Though, you can absolutely rock one anyway.
Or, you can opt for a band t-shirt for another group you love listening to. Top everything off with a denim jacket. Add some pins or buttons to your jacket as a fun accessory.
Flannel is a popular clothing item that has been worn to rock concerts as far back as the grunge era or even before that point in rock history. The great thing about a basic flannel shirt is that it can be worn with just about anything, and you can wear it open over a t-shirt.
If you get warm, simply take it off and tie it around your waist for the time being. Both men and women look great in flannel, with women often wearing a “boyfriend” style of flannel that is baggy and loose on the body.
Flannel comes in all different colors and shades, but you don’t have to match it exactly to the rest of your outfit. Top your outfit off with a pair of ankle boots.
Channel your inner Freddy Mercury and wear some metallic clothing to your next rock concert. Don’t go overboard with this look, but also don’t be afraid to step outside of your box.
Wear a simple pair of tight jeans with a basic t-shirt and a metallic jacket. You can glam the outfit up with boots or stick to a pair of sneakers, so you’re comfortable rocking out all night long.
What to wear for a festival?
A festival is a collection of different musical groups playing at one venue together. Most festivals occur outdoors during the warm weather months, and you can spend an entire day listening to one great act after another.
Some festivals even run a few days in a row, and people camp out nearby so they can come and go as different groups play. Festivals occur for different genres of music, but you generally won’t see a lot of crossover from one type of music to another at one event.
What you choose to wear to a festival will really depend on what kind of music is going to be played there.
Comfort is a big priority when you’re going to be attending a festival. You’ll likely be at the same venue for the entire day. So make sure that you’re wearing something that will be practical for many hours.
Heels and dresses might not be your best option. Here are some great outfit ideas to consider for your next festival appearance.
Festivals are pretty low-key, so keep your outfit simple and minimize the number of accessories you opt to wear. Summer festivals are all about denim shorts paired with a tank top, crop top, or even a bikini top.
You can layer different items and maybe keep something like flannel on hand if you think the temperature will drop late in the evening. Cross body bags allow you to keep items on hand like sunscreen and sunglasses, but you’ll keep your hands free.
Men usually stick to jeans or cargo shorts and t-shirts. Most types of sneakers are a better option than sandals. Especially if you’re attending a rock concert and plan on getting close to the stage. If you’re wearing something that can slip off easily, you will likely lose a shoe.
We’ve provided you with a lot of different outfit ideas for the next concert that you will be attending. Depending on where you’re going and the kind of crowd that will be there, you should be able to use this information to come up with a really great outfit.
Don’t forget to refer to the different factors you should take into consideration when choosing your outfit (weather, venue, etc.). Read on to learn more about concert outfit ideas for men and women and important tips you’ll want to hear.
You’ll also see a lot of different outfits at an event, as people find different ways to express their unique fashion personalities. In chapter two, we’re going to be talking about some different concert outfit ideas for women. Hopefully, some of these ideas will inspire you for the next concert you’re attending.
The type of concert that you’re going to may have a very specific demographic of people at it. For example, it’s common that an older music group attracts a more mature crowd. You might see more conservative outfits.
Younger bands and groups will attract younger crowds. Many boy pop bands will have a very extensive female following. Outfits for these events exemplify many of the popular trends that are being worn right now.
Do you love listening to music? Do you have a hard time figuring out what you should wear to an upcoming concert?
Let’s look at a few different suggestions that can get you started. The goal is to look comfortable and stylish without looking too trendy or looking like you tried too hard.
Comfy jeans + tank top
If you’re like the majority of other women, then you probably have a pair of jeans that are your absolute favorite. This is the perfect place to start with your outfit; just make sure that the jeans you’ve chosen are ultra-comfortable.
They can be a pair of skinny jeans with which you can pair some ankle boots or even sneakers. A simple tank top on top can be dressed up or down with things like accessories or a flannel shirt.
Baggy pants look casual and cute with sneakers and a tank top. You can throw a flannel on the top of this outfit as well, or some sort of loose athletic jacket. A leather jacket would look great for a rock concert.
Cargo pants + bomber jacket + crop top
Cargo pants are not only cute on females, but they’re extremely practical. They have loads of pockets, so you can put the items that you need in there without having to carry around a separate bag or purse.
Cargo pants have a very casual appearance to them, but they can be dressed up a bit with things like a crop top and bomber jacket. Depending on the type of venue you’re going to, you can pair this look with some strappy sandals, sneakers, or boots. Accessories should be kept simple. Maybe opt for a belt, some bracelets, or a nice watch.
Graphic tee + leather skirt + combat boots
Get ready to rock with a gorgeous leather skirt paired with a graphic tee featuring one of your favorite bands. If you want to incorporate your own style, cut up a loose graphic tee to reveal the lower portion of your stomach. You can even turn it into a tank top.
Give this look an even edgier appearance by pulling on some combat boots. Switch out the plain laces for something colorful or laces with a pattern on them. This outfit looks good with a lot of fun accessories, like rings, bracelets, chunky necklaces, and more.
Fun Skirt + T-shirt + Denim Jacket
Rock concerts, hip hop shows, and other performances that feature large, compact crowds don’t always make the best setting for things like dresses and skirts.
However, there are certain, more low-key performances that make it perfectly acceptable to bust out a fun skirt. Choose something that has an outer lace layer.
Pair it with a classic white t-shirt and top the look off with a denim jacket. Choose a simple pair of ballet flats to make the entire look dressy. You can style it up a bit with some short boots.
Cuffed Jeans + Basic T + Leather Jacket
Grab a well-fitting pair of jeans, and cuff them once or twice at the bottom. Pair them with one of your favorite basic t-shirts. A V-neck would look nice with this outfit. Top the t-shirt off with a short leather jacket with some great buckles and zippers.
As your footwear option, put on some short ankle boots. They can be flat but choose a low heel if you’re going with something with a little bit of height.
Patterned leggings + Long T-Shirt + Long Jacket
Leggings are currently one of the most comfortable clothing options around. You probably wear them for things like working out and lounging, but you can also pick up a fun pair of patterned leggings.
Leggings work for any body type, but you can take a more conservative approach by wearing a long t-shirt that covers your bottom as well as a long coat.
Wear a pair of boots that extend up over the ankles of your leggings. Try to keep the color scheme similar, such as black with white or gray.
Boyfriend Jeans + Black T-Shirt + Boots
Boyfriend jeans have been around for a while now and should be a staple in your wardrobe. They have a loose fit to them, so they’re really comfortable but still look great with many different items.
Keep your boyfriend jeans in place with a large, black leather belt. Wear some high platform boots as your shoe option and choose a black t-shirt or a black tunic of some sort.
Utility Pants + Blouse + Casual Blazer
If you want to dress up for a concert you’re going to; this look brings together casual appeal with some dressy items. Utility pants are similar to cargo pants, but they don’t have pockets.
A blouse can be anything from a regular button-down shirt to something that flows a little more. A casual blazer can be chosen in a neutral shade, or opt for something bright if you feel you need a pop of color. Keep your shoes simple/casual, like ballet flats or sneakers.
Skinny Jeans + Graphic T-Shirt + Sneakers
It doesn’t get much more simple or comfortable than this, but this is honestly all you need for a festival or large rock concert. Your favorite pair of skinny jeans (they look even better if they’re a distressed pair) with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of broken-in, stylish sneakers.
Leather Pants + Turtleneck + Boots
If you’re headed to a show in cooler weather, see if you can find a pair of leather pants that fit your body well. Pair them with a turtleneck in the same color (preferably black) and a pair of black leather boots. Choose a bright jacket or sweater on top if you need some color.
We’ve given you a number of stylish and comfortable outfits that work with many different concert scenarios. You can mix and match many of these outfits to get the look you want, something that makes you feel good and keeps you comfortable while you enjoy your favorite tunes.
You might be headed to a metal concert where you’ll be banging your head all night, or a hip-hop shop is where you’ll be. Wherever you’re going, make sure that you put some thought into your outfit choice.
You should feel comfortable experimenting with the different clothing that you have but head to your favorite clothing store if it’s time to pick up something new.
If you’re still confused as to what you should wear to a concert, we have you covered. We’re about to go over ten different concert outfit ideas for men. Copy these looks exactly or mix certain items together from each to fit your style preferences.
Baggy shirt + pants
The great thing about being a male and choosing an outfit for a concert is that you can easily pick some basic clothing items which will look great on you. Women often feel like they need to layer different items and pair various articles of clothing to get the look they want.
Grab your favorite baggy t-shirt and throw on a pair of jeans or cargo pants. Your shirt can have a graphic on it, or simply select a basic V-neck t-shirt in a simple color.
Jeans + plaid shirt + coat + boots
We know that you have a favorite pair of jeans. Now is the time to bring them out of your closet. You can dress jeans up or down, and this look is a mix of both casual and stylish.
Your jeans will be paired with a plaid, button-down shirt. You can wear it tucked or un-tucked. On top of your plaid shirt, wear a simple coat unzipped.
This can be a leather jacket or bomber jacket. Boots tucked under your jeans make the perfect footwear choice that is comfortable and looks great.
Sneakers + hoodie + oversized clothes
Choose a laid-back style for something like a rock concert or hip-hop show. Pair your jeans with a hooded sweatshirt that feels comfortable and cozy. Make sure you have something on underneath your hoodie if you get warm and would like to take it off.
The goal is to look casual, so choose oversized items. Fitted items tend to look more put-together and formal.
Low-Waist Jeans + T-Shirt + Jacket
Men have a style of low-waist jeans that are somewhat different from what women wear, but they have a similar appeal. The waist is worn relatively low, and the crotch area of the jeans is also very low.
This creates a very laid-back style. You should wear a simple t-shirt on top and top the look off with a jacket like a puffer jacket, leather jacket, or bomber jacket. High-top athletic sneakers complete the look.
Cuffed Jeans + T-Shirt + Flannel
Cuffed jeans look great on men, and you should embrace them for a concert-ready outfit. The jeans you choose should be baggy, and you simply fold them up at the bottom once or twice. Wear a belt and a fitted t-shirt.
If you need an extra layer, a flannel with an open front suffices. Boots are a great footwear option because you can show them off with your pants cuffed up a bit. An accessory for this outfit could include a backward baseball cap.
Black Pants + Button-Down Shirt + Denim Jacket
A great pair of tailored black pants can be your go-to wardrobe staple for all kinds of outfits, including one for a concert. If you’re trying to dress the look up a bit, choose a simple button-down shirt, leaving a few of the top buttons undone.
You can either let the shirt hang loose at the bottom or tuck it in. Top the entire look off with a denim jacket, which adds a casual appeal.
Black Denim + Black Shirt + Beanie
Black denim pants take jeans to a whole new level. They dress a look up, regardless of what you’re wearing with them. If you’re headed to a rock show, keep the whole look black. Choose black jeans, a black t-shirt, and a black beanie as your hat.
You can choose to wear a black coat, but you can make the look pop a little more with a brown or light-colored denim jacket.
Jeans + Cowboy Boots + Button Down Denim Shirt
Going to a country show in the next few weeks? This look is all about an American vibe. Classic blue denim should be paired with a similarly colored button-down denim shirt and cowboy boots. You can be adventurous and see if you can find an American flag-themed shirt to rock at the concert.
Skinny Pants + Floral Dress Shirt + Boots
If you’re headed to an indie show or something with a younger crowd, you should be a bit more artistic with your outfit choice. Choose a very well-tailored pair of pants that fit your body well.
They should slim down at the ankles to reveal your boots, which can be a lace-up variety or something simpler with a zipper. Your top should stand out, so try wearing something like a button-down dress shirt with a floral pattern or something geometric.
The Monochromatic Layered Look
Many layers create a very artistic look for men when going to a concert. Keep your pants fitted, so the rest of the look stands out. You also want to choose articles of clothing that are all the same shade. A lot of people will go all in black for a concert.
Black sneakers, a black sweatshirt, a black t-shirt, and a black sweater are just some of the items that you can mix and match together to make your concert outfit look really unique.
These were just ten concert outfit ideas for men that we came up with. There are many more out there that you can create using the clothing you feel most comfortable in.
We hope you’ll share with us what you came up with in the comments below. Continue reading the next chapter, where we will discuss tips and advice that you can’t miss out on.
It’s common for people to not really understand what they should wear to an upcoming concert, which is why we’ve come up with some tips and advice that should help you pick your concert outfit.
Not only will you use your outfit to express yourself, but you’ll also look great to other people you’re socializing with.
What to wear to a concert based on the season
There are a lot of factors that contribute to what you’ll wear for an upcoming concert; the season is one of them. Concerts will come through your area in the winter, spring, summer, and fall, though the venue they’re held at will likely vary.
The temperature will dictate where a band wants to play. You’re not going to be attending a three-day music festival in the middle of winter in New York.
This is when smaller clubs and bars become more popular for concerts, in addition to large arena shows. This will impact the outfit that you choose. Let’s take a look at some weather-related tips to consider for a concert you may be going to.
Dress in Layers
Layers are a great way to ensure that you’re ready for anything in any kind of weather. Layers are important during the winter months because they’ll keep you warm and protected from the elements.
They are also ideal for warmer months when it’s going to be hot during the daytime but then the temperature drops in the evening. A simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt can be covered with practical items like flannels, a denim jacket, or a leather jacket to elevate your look and how functional it is.
Keep the Temperature in Mind
Choose your clothing with the temperature forecast in mind. Don’t just look at the high temperature of the day, but also what it will feel like at its lowest. This will help you determine if you should be wearing shorts versus pants, a short-sleeved shirt versus a long-sleeved shirt, etc. This is another scenario where layers may be ideal.
Think about Seasonal Clothing
There are certain styles that look good during certain seasons more than others. Flannels tend to be more acceptable in the fall and winter months. Heavy jackets don’t make sense in the summer or spring, but very lightweight varieties may be ok.
Boots are far more comfortable when it’s cool outside. Pastel colors are perfect for the spring and summer and stick to more bold hues when the snow starts to fly.
Plan Ahead for Inclement Weather
There are many places where it’s common to wake up to a certain type of weather in the morning, and things change completely halfway through the day. Concerts generally keep going on unless there’s some severe weather that poses a risk safety-wise.
Make sure you’re dressed in something that can get a little wet if it starts to rain, and you may want to pack some extra clothes for later on if you need to get dry.
From heavy wool to thin cotton, there are many different types of fabric that are used for designing clothing. Certain materials provide a much more breathable feel, which is ideal for concert wear if you want to remain cool and comfortable.
Stick with cotton, linen, polyester, and rayon if you’re looking to keep your body at a comfortable temperature.
Moving to the music is only an option if you’re wearing comfortable clothing to a concert. Stay away from things that are too tight and restrictive and prevent you from being able to sit, stretch and dance.
Also, wearing too many layers when it’s warm outside is going to compromise how comfortable you are. Overheating isn’t ever pleasant.
What to wear depending on the type of concert
If you’re a music lover, then you’ve probably been to a number of different types of concerts. You also know that the style at these concerts varies quite a bit. The way that people dress at a country concert is drastically different from what you’ll see at a rap show.
People dressing up for a classical music performance are usually in very formal gear, which wouldn’t be appropriate at a rock concert. The tips we’re about to discuss have to do with what you should be wearing depending on the type of concert that you’re attending.
Classical Music Concerts
A performance of classical music tends to be performed at an indoor theatre hall of some sort. Though, many orchestras often play outdoor shows during the summer months as well.
If you’re going to be indoors at a more formal performance, many people choose to dress up a bit. That means you’ll ditch the jeans for slacks and choose a nice blouse over your favorite weekend t-shirt.
If you’re going to a performance outdoors, you can dress a lot more casually. Shorts, jeans, and sandals are all acceptable.
Move to the heavy guitars, bass, and drums at a rock concert with ease. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in, just in case you happen to get caught up in a mosh pit. Jeans are being worn in a more fitted style these days, and you can pair them with one of your favorite graphic t-shirts.
You don’t have to appear formal at all when you’re going to a rock concert, though most people tend to dress in black at these events. There’s generally a lot of leather as well.
Country Music Concerts
Listen to your favorite country music crooner sing about their latest breakup in classic country style while wearing all the denim and American clothing you can find.
Women wear denim shorts to country concerts all the time, paired with tank tops, crop tops, and t-shirts, and you’ll even find occasional bikini tops here and there.
The classic footwear selection is cowboy boots. But you can also throw on a pair of comfortable sneakers. If the weather is chilly, additional items include a denim jacket or sweatshirt.
Rap concerts bring a lot of emotion and attitude to an evening out. They’re incredibly fun, thanks to the energy that the audience shares with the performers. If you’re headed to a concert such as this, you’ll want to dress the part.
Baggy jeans for men paired with an athletic t-shirt and flat-brimmed baseball cap are simple but stylish. Women wear all kinds of outfits, from short skirts and crop tops to skinny jeans and tank tops.
Boots, heels, and sneakers are all footwear options. Consider where you’re going to be (venue-wise) and choose your outfit based on the vibe there.
Metal takes rock to a whole new level, thanks to its heaviness. When it comes to style, take the rocker look and elevate it with a lot more leather, black denim, and big boots.
If you have a favorite jean jacket, adorn it with some pins that show the logo of your favorite bands. Throw on a classic pair of Converse sneakers or Doc Marten boots. Take a look at our selection of Jeack Jacket Outfits to get some awesome ideas.
What to wear based on the venue
Concert venues can range from theatres to small bars and everything in between. This affects the acoustics and sound of the show, but it can also affect what you’re wearing.
Temperature and ambiance are just some of the things that you’ll see that change from one venue to the next. Wondering what to wear to different venues? Here are some helpful tips.
Many concert-goers prefer the small bar experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of your favorite groups perform to a handful of people. It’s an intimate experience that you won’t soon forget.
Depending on what kind of music you’re going to be listening to, you may find that the overall dress code is a slight step up from a larger venue.
That doesn’t mean you have to get all dressed up, but a nicer pair of jeans, a blouse, and polished leather boots will overtake something like torn jeans and a graphic t-shirt that has holes in it.
Ditch the cutoff jean shorts and opt for a nice pair of cuffed linen shorts with a fitted tank and loose cover-up or wrap over the top.
There are a number of venues that have been opened up for the sole purpose of housing concerts. They tend to hold much less than a large arena, but it’s a bigger venue than a bar or small club.
The music hall dress code is similar to what you would find in a bar or club. Keep it laid back but elevated a little bit. You’ll probably be on your feet for most of the night since seating is often limited at music halls.
So choose sneakers or comfortable boots as your footwear. You may even consider a mini skirt and t-shirt or some cargo pants and a button-down shirt.
Very popular bands and groups will perform at large-scale arenas that hold thousands of people at one time. These venues combine tiered seating along with floor seating or standing room.
Choose your dress code based on the type of music that you’re going to listen to as well as where you’re sitting. If you’ve chosen to be on your feet trying to make your way to the front of the stage, stick to jeans, sneakers, and a tank top/t-shirt.
If you’re going to have the convenience of sitting in a seat or being in a dedicated area away from some of the commotion, be a little more adventurous with your outfit. A short skirt, high boots, and a sleeveless sweater can look very sleek and sophisticated.
Large-scale amphitheaters are generally used for all-day festivals or concerts with multiple performers that will span across many hours. They’re the perfect summer venue, so throw on all of your favorites.
Denim shorts, a classic tank top or t-shirt, sneakers, cowboy boots, and something to cover up your shoulders with if you get too much sun or the temperature drops once the sun goes down.
Not just for football games, stadiums are often home to concerts in the off-season as long as the weather cooperates. The stadium dress code is similar to large amphitheaters since they’re both outdoor venues.
It’s perfectly fine to wear your most comfortable clothing; shorts make a great option to start with. Then, choose your top according to the weather. Layer other items on if you’re worried about varying temperatures or rain.
If you’ll be in the stands, you can be a bit more laid back about things such as footwear. Sandals are fine, as are ballet flats and slip-on shoes. However, something that won’t fall off in a crowd is optimal if you’ll be on the lawn.
Clubs can get very loud and exciting during a concert. Expect big energy from this event, and dress the part. You can bring out some of your flashier clothing items during club shows, such as metallics, leather, platform shoes, and much more.
What to wear to a concert depending on the time
The majority of concerts tend to take place during the evening hours, though certain festivals and events will start sooner. What you wear will be determined by the time of the event, often because the time of day impacts what the weather will be.
It can also affect the overall vibe of a show. Here are some of our tips for choosing a concert outfit based on the time you will be attending.
You won’t see a lot of concerts going on during the morning hours. If you do attend anything in the A.M., it’s probably something along the lines of classical music performance by a smaller chamber orchestra. Keep it chill before lunch with casual wear. Khakis, shorts, jeans, sweaters, polos, and t-shirts are all acceptable.
Afternoon events outside are going to heat up, so showing a little bit of skin will keep you cool. A super cute pair of denim shorts that fold up at the bottoms look casual but put together.
A tank top with a halter neck is fashionable and cute. A flat pair of simple sneakers ties everything together. Don’t forget a fun hat to protect your face from the sun.
Evening concerts bring darker colors, heavier materials, and layers in most cases. Since the majority of concerts occur in the evening hours, it makes sense to pay close attention to building up a good wardrobe of things you can wear when you go out in the evenings to see bands play, spend time with friends, etc.
Don’t be afraid to look sophisticated with dark denim, slacks, flowing tank tops, and chunky boots. If you’re not going to be in a large crowd of people with a lot of movement happening, you may even be able to pull off a long skirt with a modest blouse. Guys always look great in casual pants and a polo or button-down shirt.
The Entire Day
Some careful thought should go into the outfit you choose if you’re going to be at a concert for the entire day. Comfort is key so that you don’t end up wishing that you had chosen something completely different.
It’s a good idea to stick with shorts or jeans as your bottoms. T-shirts and tanks can be easily topped with a light sweater or flannel shirt to keep you warm and elevate your look.
On rare occasions, there are music festivals that will be spread across multiple days. There is usually some sort of accommodation available nearby, whether it be camping or a hotel.
Keep your wardrobe simple for these events so that you don’t have to worry about carrying items around with you or keeping them in your vehicle.
Also, plan ahead for what the weather will be like each day. Layering different items you can tie around your waist will keep you comfortable while giving off a laid-back vibe.
When the sun sets and music plays, this is summer at its finest. This scenario has a very romantic feel to it. So wear your hair loose, keep your clothing soft and light and stay away from very abrasive or complex looks. Leave the leather at home for sunset concerts.
We’ve covered a lot of information in this chapter. If you have an upcoming concert that you’re trying to dress for, take the time to consider things like the time of day, the weather, the venue, etc. These things will help you figure out what you should be wearing.
Hopefully, this information on what to wear to a concert will help you get ready for your next big outing. There are some specific clothing styles that you’ll find at places like rock or hip-hop concerts but see if you can come up with your own spin on a classic look.
Let us know in the comments below what your go-to concert outfit is. You can also let us know if you have any style questions. Feel free to share this post with your family and friends to see what they think about dressing for concerts.