When it comes to dressing for a concert; what’s deemed suitable wear for one, almost certainly won’t work for the next. Check out our complete style guide on what to wear to a concert so you’re never sticking out… for the wrong reasons, obviously.
With all the different types of concerts to go to, it can be tricky to figure out the dress code for each one, but it’s vital to get it right. You don’t want to end up underdressed for the Opera, or wearing the wrong shoes to a gig. Don’t worry; we’ve got all scenarios covered.
- 1 Concert Outfits
- 2 Further Inspiration: Festival Wear
- 3 What to Wear to A Concert
- 4 On That Note
What to Wear To a Gig
If you’re going to a more low-key concert like a gig in a local club, or a bar in Shoreditch, a great pair of jeans is a really easy way of making your gig outfit look cool and effortless. A slim fit jean is perfect for a night with your mates in a bar, listening to some up and coming band that you’ve never heard of. Blue denim, grey or black jeans are good colours for this because it means you can go a bit more adventurous on your top half.
A logo T-shirt would work for this look, or if you like to keep things simple, opt for something a bit more plain. If you fancy something a bit more suave (but also casual), a roll neck is a great new addition for the colder nights.
Denim jackets are such a versatile item that can be worn all year round, and they’re great to just throw on over any outfit to instantly make it more casual. They are comfy, simple wardrobe staples. Don’t worry, denim on denim is acceptable, just make sure they are not exactly the same shade.
What to Wear to The Opera
A posh night at the Opera means, well… you need to go ‘posh’. You can be sure that the orchestra will be in gowns and black tie and, for this occasion, the audience will be too. Even if you are going to the Opera just the one time, it’s still a good idea to have a tuxedo or smart suit anyway, so you can pull out for any party or wedding.
Luckily, we’ve got a great black tie suit that is sophisticated but understated. Pair this look with a smart pair of black shoes and a crisp white shirt to impress all.
What to Wear to a Concert
Have you been thinking ‘what should I wear to a concert?’. Concerts can be outside or in a big stadium, either way, a jacket needs to be at hand at any point in the evening to wear at the end of the night or when it starts to rain. A lightweight jacket is probably the best option, so you can just tie it around your waist when you’re not wearing it. If you feel like making a bit more of a statement at the concert, choose a leather jacket style.
Concert looks are very casual events, so go for comfort when it comes to footwear. Trainers are always your safest bet. Try to avoid taking a bag with you as you’ll find this just gets in the way of you and others.
What to Wear to an Outdoor Concert
When attending an outdoor concert, unless you’ll be standing in the Coachella VIP stand, the likelihood is you’re going to get dirty – this applies even more so for a British concert.
While opting for a pair of wellington boots is probably not going to put you in the best-dressed hall of fame, it’s the best option for those looking to remain marginally comfortable. Throw on a pair of jeans, a simple t-shirt and a jacket of your choice.
What to Wear to a Concert in Winter
When attending a winter concert, your main concern is going to be remaining warm, while maintaining some shred of style merit – obviously.
Your best bet here would be to start with a solid pair of boots, then work your way up with some jeans, a knitted sweater and a warm coat such as a warm pea or Barbour jacket. If the concert is indoors, you obviously won’t need all of this. Check whether the venue has a cloakroom, and if not, take a small backpack to keep your jacket in.
What to Wear to a Reggae Concert
When thinking about what to wear to a Reggae concert, it’s probably best to start with what you shouldn’t be wearing. No, this is not your chance to whip out the Marley rasta hat (complete with faux dreads), nor is it time to pull out the marijuana emblazoned t-shirt from your teenage years.
Keeping things casual is the key here, a pair of casual trousers paired with a loose fit t-shirt and a denim jacket would be ideal. Throw on your favourite pair of trainers, and you’re good to go!
What to Wear to a Country Concert
Unlike attending a reggae concert where you’re doing your best to avoid all the cringeworthy cliché’s, country music fans seem to revel in the traditional country garb, so yes – it’s time to pull out the plaid.
Perhaps going full on Billy Rae Cyrus could be a little overboard, so a little contemporary twist to the typical country getup would be more acceptable. A pair of converse, some dark wash jeans and… yes, the plaid shirt would be ideal.
What to Wear to a Rock Concert
This depends on the performer, of course, but if we’re talking full on rock music here – like metal rock, then the opportunity for theatrics is something you can consider. While this is something that the ladies tend to play with a little more, gents can vamp up their outfit too!
Let’s start with the obvious here, you’re going to be wearing some style of a leather jacket – that goes without saying. Mix a pair of black jeans, a white t-shirt, some Chelsea boots and finish it off. Any type of leather jacket will do, and then you’ll be ready to rock n’ roll.
Further Inspiration: Festival Wear
When summer comes along everyone books in their favourite festival with their friends. The main question is, what to wear? If you’re looking for a little further festival inspiration, then look no more. Try to avoid the classic festival check shirt and shorts style, and go for something a little more ‘cool’. Check out our summer festival outfit below.
What to Wear to A Concert
- Create a perfect marriage of style and ease of wear. You need to be comfortable all day.
- Dress appropriately for the style of concert.
- Opt for quality footwear as you’ll likely be standing a lot, but be mindful of the weather as you don’t want to ruin your best trainers.
- Try to be prepared for all weather. Bring a light jacket or coat to throw over if the weather gets a bit chilly or a waterproof for the rain.
- If possible, avoid wearing a plaid shirt if you’re going to a festival, because that’s exactly what 80% of the whole festival will be wearing.
On That Note
So there you have it, you’re now concert style ready! In all honesty, however, no matter what the concert is; people are coming to see the performer, and not to check out every so-and-so’s sartorial success or suicides. So, while it’s always desirable to remain stylish – you should really just throw on whatever makes you comfortable. By the time you’re a few songs in, it’s not the clothes on your back you’ll be thinking of!