Today we’re talking about what to wear to an alternative concert. I know, I know—you’re probably thinking “Isn’t this just a post about black clothes?” But it’s not! There are a number of factors that go into choosing the perfect outfit for your next alternative concert experience.
Going to an alternative concert?
You’re in luck, because we have the perfect guide for you!
An alternative concert is a chance to let your hair down and get a little crazy. It’s almost like being at home, except you’re in public (and probably surrounded by people who aren’t as cool as you). But don’t worry—we’re here to help you out with what to wear so that you can look as awesome as possible while also keeping it comfortable enough to dance like nobody is watching (because everyone will be too busy watching the band).
What to wear to an alternative concert
When you’re going to a concert, there are a few things you need to consider.
First of all, what kind of music are they playing? If they’re playing alternative rock, then you’ll probably want to wear something that’s not too flashy—you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb in the crowd. But if they’re playing pop music or country, then you can go pretty bold!
Second of all: what kind of venue is it at? If it’s outdoors at a festival, then maybe try wearing something cool and comfortable that will keep you from overheating. If it’s indoors at an arena or stadium, then maybe try wearing something more formal that will make sure everyone knows how awesome you are!
Finally: what time will the concert start? If it starts early in the day, then maybe wear something casual so that your outfit won’t get ruined by sweat later on in the day when things heat up onstage. If it starts later at night after work hours have already started (like concerts usually do), then maybe wear something more formal so that people know who’s boss when they walk into their office tomorrow morning looking fresh as ever!
You know, I love going to concerts.
But one thing that always stresses me out is what to wear.
When you’re in a large crowd, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle—and I don’t want to be the person who shows up in jeans and a t-shirt, only to realize everyone else is wearing formalwear! But on the other hand, if I go all out with my outfit and it rains or gets cold, then what?
I’ve put together this guide for outdoor concerts so that no matter what happens at your next concert experience, you’ll be prepared for anything.
The summer concert season is upon us, and you know what that means: it’s time to pack your bags and head out to an outdoor venue. Whether you’re attending a festival or seeing one of your favorite bands in an open field, you’ll need to know what to wear so that you can stay cool, comfortable, and stylish all at once!
So what should be on your checklist? First off, think about the weather. Is it going to be hot out? Is it going to be rainy? If so, try to bring some water with you—it will help keep you hydrated while also keeping your skin moisturized with a little SPF.
Next up are shoes. You want something durable enough for the dirt and grass (or gravel) but also comfy enough that they won’t make your feet sore by the end of the night.
Finally, think about accessories—you don’t want anything too heavy or bulky because it could get in the way of dancing (or worse: get lost). But if you can find something light that adds just enough color without being distracting, then go for it!
It’s finally here! You’ve been waiting for months, and now it’s almost time to go. You’ve been waiting all year for this concert, and it’s finally here—but what are you going to wear?
If it’s cool outside, consider wearing one of your favorite stylish tees (or a band tee) with a bomber jacket. Bomber jackets are super stylish and can take any casual outfit up a notch. This weatherproof jacket is lightweight, so it won’t be too heavy for an outdoor show.
WHAT TO WEAR TO A CONCERT: 15 ROCKIN’ OUTFIT IDEAS
Half the fun of attending a live concert is picking out what to wear, right? You want to stand out in a sea of fans but still be comfortable enough to dance your butt off all night long. Need a bit of inspiration? Check out these 15 ideas for what to wear to a concert. Rock on!
Bodycon Skirt + Tee + Studded Heels
Do you love getting dressed up for events but still want to look like you just threw on an amazing outfit? Julie of Sincerely, Jules absolutely killed it with this gray bodycon skirt. The studded heels add a bit of bling to dress it up. Swap out the denim for a leather jacket for extra edge, or swap a basic tee for a sheer top.
Leather Overalls + Biker Boots
Looking for something super-trendy with a bit of edge? Give a pair of leather shortalls a go. If you’re daring like Chiara of The Blonde Salad, wear a sporty white bra or crop top underneath and team with a funky pair of shoes. We love sneakers or loafers—cute and, more importantly, comfy.
Flowy Dress + Western-Inspired Ankle Boots
If Jack Johnson ever decides to leave his island home again, we know what we’ll be wearing. A simple flowy dress is the easiest way to be comfortable and stylish at a summer concert. We love how Kimberly of Eat Sleep Wear juxtaposed her breezy boho dress with Western-inspired booties. Add a floppy hat and sunglasses for outdoor summer days.
Slit Skirt + Simple Tank + Sandals
A simple outfit like this is perfect for outdoor music festivals in the summer. Trine’s breezy skirt keeps her covered yet cool, and a simple top dresses down the look for an effortless vibe. Add a strappy pair of sandals or metallic slip-ons, and don’t forget your carryall bag (with lots of sunscreen!).
Lace Romper + Cowboy Boots
No country-show look is complete without a trusty pair of cowboy boots. We love the way Aimee of Song of Style gave hers a sweet vibe by pairing them with a lace romper. A lightweight denim jacket or chambray shirt is perfect for when the sun sets and the bass—er, temperature—drops.
We fell in love with the sporty trend that ruled summer 2014, and, lucky for us, it translates into the perfect outfit for a concert. The white-on-white-on-white of Christina of Trop Rouge’s ensemble is chic. Keep your look monochromatic, and add a pop of color with accessories.
Graphic Sweatshirt + Red Lips
A graphic sweatshirt and a well-fitted pair of jeans make a simple and effortless look for any concert. Channel Sheryl of Walk in Wonderland adds extra sass with a bold red lip. Swap the heeled booties for sneakers for more comfort (though the booties look totally BA).
Graphic Dress + Denim Jacket + Fedora
Dressing up for a concert is a great time to play with colors and patterns. The striking red-and-black pattern on Saray’s shift dress stands out in a crowd. Swipe on some graphic liquid eyeliner, and toss on a structured wide-brimmed hat for a cool yet effortless vibe. Chunky booties are the perfect finishing touch (plus your feet will be safe when you venture into the mosh pit).
Black on Black on Black
An all-black ensemble is a no-brainer when it comes to concert attire. Swap out the usual black pants and black top for a black midi dress and leather booties. A leather jacket toughens it up a bit. Bonus points if yours is customized like Denielle’s of We Wore What. Now that’s badass.
Patterned Pants + Loose Top
Looking for something comfy yet stylish to wear to a concert? We’re obsessed with these loose cotton pants and this silky top on Lucy of Fashion Me Now. Toss a blazer over top for a more refined look, or wear the duo as is to a concert on the beach.
Circle Skirt + Slit Top
A circle skirt and a comfy top is our favorite go-to outfit for a summer concert. Sarah of Framboise Fashion paired her ensemble with heels, but we think a white pair of sneaks would do the trick too. Whether you’re sitting on the green taking in the summer tunes or dancing your ass off in a sweaty arena, this outfit is sure to steal the show.
Boyfriend Jeans + White Tee + Sneakers
Grunge is at the apex of a huge comeback, and what better venue than a concert to show your love for the ’90s? Whether you groove to Garbage or swoon at the voice of Jeff Mangum, you can’t go wrong with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and a simple white top. Toss on a chain-link bag and animal-print sneakers to complete the look.
Cutoffs + Kimono
Cutoffs are a summer music festival staple—no news there. This year, up your style game with a floor-length floral kimono. Look for one with pops of color and small details like fringed hems. Team with a pair of moto booties for all-day comfort in style.
Floral Dress + Tough Boots
A floral dress teamed with tough boots is part girly, part grunge. We love the skater cut of Rumi Neely’s ’90s floral dress. Add an oversized and distressed denim jacket to keep you warm in the cool nighttime breeze. Now can we see the Coachella lineup, please?
Leather Skirt + Sweatshirt + Beanie
If Kylie Jenner is your style idol, you’ll love this look (plus Kanye would totally approve, we think). Start with a leather circle skirt, and then add either a sweatshirt or an oversize graphic tee—the sportier the better—up top. Finish with a wordy beanie and high-top sneaks for a flirty and sassy concert outfit.
WHAT TO WEAR TO A COUNTRY CONCERT
Country concerts can be a great time, whether indoors or outdoors. There’s music, dancing, and festive food and beverage, but a big part of the fun is getting to break out your best pair of cowgirl boots. At a country concert, you’ll likely be on your feet for an extended period of time, so comfort is key here. Need inspiration? Here are some easy-to-pull-off ideas on what to wear to a country concert.
What Should Women Wear to a Country Concert?
When it comes to choosing what to wear to a country concert, you can’t go wrong with cowgirl boots, denim, and a T-shirt or flowy top. Wear skinny jeans tucked into your boots—or denim shorts for a fun, casual look—along with your favorite blouse or flannel button-down. Shop our latest women’s western fashion finds!
Dresses are also a great choice, especially for warmer weather. Try a flowy midi dress with a simple pattern, paired with a stylish pair of short cowgirl booties.
For Western dresses and tops, go for solid colors—or add a bit of flair with embroidery, flowered patterns, or geometric designs.
If you want to go full-on cowgirl, wear a flannel or plaid top over light-wash, boot-cut jeans, throw on your cowgirl boots, and top off the look with a felt hat and some jewelry.
The Boots Are Everything
When putting together your outfit for a country concert, the boots are the most important part. Make a statement with a pair of cowgirl boots in bold colors or try a striking pattern with a Southwestern-inspired pair of cowgirl boots. Headed to an evening country concert? Studded cowgirl booties are the cowgirl boot equivalent of high heels. Wear them with capris, shorts and a dressier top, or a flowy dress for a head-turning country concert outfit.
Hats and Hair
When thinking about what to wear to a country concert, don’t forget to top off your look. Hats are a staple in a Western wardrobe. When attending an outdoor concert, wearing a hat is a great way to show off your style while also protecting your face from the sun. If you’re going for a traditional look, wear your cowboy boots with the quintessential topper: a classic cowboy hat. Match the color of your hat to the color of your boots and dance the night away. But don’t feel like you have to stick with tradition. Add some personality with a trucker hat or snapback cap—or forgo the hat entirely and let your hair do the talking.
There’s no one way to style your hair for a country concert. Some people love getting a blowout to wear to a country concert; others prefer to keep it simple by throwing their hair up in a ponytail. The point of a country concert is to have fun, so style your hair in a way that makes you feel happy, confident, and comfortable.
The type of top you wear to a country concert largely depends on the rest of your outfit. If you plan on wearing a pair of distressed brown cowgirl boots, stick to more casual tops, like a denim button-down, chunky knit, or graphic tee. Or dress up a pair of cowgirl booties with an off-the-shoulder top or flowy cardigan.
Pants or Shorts?
Whether you wear pants or shorts to a country concert depends on the weather, your preference, and how traditional you want your outfit to be. Traditionally, cowboy boots are worn with pants or jeans, and if the country concert you’re attending is in the fall or winter, you might be more comfortable in pants. For outdoor concerts, especially in the summer, wearing shorts can keep you cool while you dance to your favorite song.
Should You Wear a Dress to a Country Concert?
Absolutely! Wearing a cute and simple sundress, midi dress, or Western-style dress with cowboy boots to a country concert allows you to look cute while staying comfortable.
No matter what you wear to a country concert, the important thing is to have a good time. And don’t be afraid to go full-on country—that’s part of the fun!