We’ve all been there. You’re heading to a show with a group of girlfriends and suddenly it hits you: you have absolutely nothing to wear. No need to panic. The perfect concert outfit is probably sitting in your closet—and if it’s not, we’ll tell you where to shop for a quick and easy-to-execute live music look. Because, let’s be real: what you wear to a concert is almost as important as the show itself.
Don’t know where to start? Whether you’re going to a pop concert or to see your favorite country star, here are seven styles that you’ll love.
What to Wear to a Concert
1. Throw on a vintage tee and denim shorts.
It’s a few hours before the show, and you hate the outfit you planned. Don’t freak out! You’ve got this. Pull out a pair of distressed cut-off jean shorts and a vintage T-shirt. Crop the tee or tuck it into your shorts with a chain belt.
Before you hit the road, accessorize with dainty gold jewelry and a messenger bag, and you’re good to go!
2. Pair a crop top with a leather jacket and ripped jeans.
Start with a vintage style pair of jeans. Whether you wear your go-to high waisted boyfriend jeans or expand your denim collection with a wide-legged pair featuring an overlap closure at the waist, you can’t go wrong.
You know what comes next: a crop top. Because the main focus of this outfit is the jean-leather jacket combo, stick with a simple top. And don’t be afraid to show off a little midriff!
To complete the look, throw on an oversized, cropped leather jacket that meets the height of your jeans. As for shoes, go with a chunky wedge or Doc Martens for an edgier aesthetic.
3. Rock a tie-dye item or set.
Tie-dye is making a comeback, and I am totally here for it. But sometimes this trend can look borderline summer-camp-tacky, so when you wear tie-dye, make it chic.
Introduce this bold trend into your wardrobe with an oversized tie-dye denim jacket. And if you’re feeling matchy-matchy, opt for a coordinating pair of tie-dye shorts—just be sure to stick to a solid top if you decide to go the head-to-toe route.
4. Wear a chic silk top with boyfriend jeans.
Dress up your favorite light wash pair of boyfriend jeans with a neutral button-down top. Only tuck in one side for an effortless, asymmetrical look, or tie the excess fabric into a knot to instantly transform your button up into a crop top.
Add a little sophistication with a pair of lace-up booties or strappy flat sandals.
5. Slip into a snakeskin minidress and combat boots.
If you’re intimidated by prints, enter the scene with a neutral snakeskin. Perfect for dancing, a sleek minidress easily pairs with sneakers, Doc Martens or even platform sandals. (Struggling with what to wear to a concert in the winter? Check out my list of cute-but-comfortable winter boots.) Drape an oversized black denim jacket over your shoulders to achieve a total cool girl vibe.
6. Pair a high-waisted skirt with a t-shirt and mini sunnies.
Stand out in a red snakeskin skirt or biker shorts and a loose solid tee, then tie the look together with a matching snakeskin belt bag. Even if the concert is indoors, you’ll still look cool AF with a pair of mini sunnies on the bridge of your nose. I love this look with white platform sneakers—you’ll gain a few inches in height and also be able to dance all night.
7. Mix a neon puff sleeve top with faux patent leather bottoms.
It’s time to swap out your all-black ensemble for a hint of neon. Channel your inner Kendall Jenner and rock neon green as if you’re walking in NYFW.
But don’t just purchase the first neon top you lay your eyes on. Puff sleeves are having a major fashion moment right now, so why not combine two #SilbSquad-approved trends into one piece? Add another pop of color to the look with a striking winged eyeliner. (Need more makeup inspo? My list of the best everyday makeup products should help!)
Top it off with faux patent leather bottoms, my favorite pair of over-the-knee leather boots, and you’ll definitely be the trendiest girl at the venue.
– Tayler Bradford
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