What to Wear to a Concert

Wondering what to wear to a concert?  It depends on the type of concert you’re attending.  If it’s casual and outside you’ll dress one way; if it’s formal and in a concert hall, you’ll need to dress another.   The type and venue determines what to wear.

Let’s look at these in detail:

What to Wear to a Concert – Casual, Outside

What to wear to a concertIf you’ll be attending a picnic in the park concert or a Fourth of July pre-fireworks shindig, opt for casual, comfortable clothing.  In warm weather that means a top and shorts or a summer dress, or of it’s in a cooler climate, perhaps cropped pants or jeans and a top.  If you’ll be walking a long distance from your car to the concert spot, opt for comfortable walking shoes.  If the temperature drops when the sun goes down, be sure to grab a sweater.  You’ll want to be able to hear the music instead of your teeth chattering.

What to Wear to a Concert – Casual, Inside

What to wear to a concertIf you’ll be heading to a cavernous arena to hear your favorite rock, pop, heavy metal, or country star in concert, wear clothes that reflect the mood of the music, like trendy clothes for a pop concert or jeans for your favorite country band.  Again, remember that you may be walking a long distance from your car to your seat, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  You may also be asked to walk through a security check point, so keep your handbag clutter to a minimum so it goes through scanners easily.  Don’t forget to bring extra cash to pay for those outrageously expensive concession snacks.

What to wear to a concertWhat to Wear to a Concert – Semi Formal, Inside

Going to a Christmas concert?  To hear a cantor sing?  To see a performance at a church or synagogue?  Opt for semi-formal attire like a social or day dress or suit.  Use your clothing to acknowledge the formality of the venue, the skill of the artists, and the content of the concert.

What to Wear to a Concert – Formal, Inside

What to wear to a concertIf you’ll be attending a symphony concert or operatic presentation at night in a formal concert hall, opt for cocktail or formal evening attire.  Dress, heels, hair, makeup – the whole deal.  Again, you’re using your attire to acknowledge the venue, the skill of the artist, and the content of the concert.  When people train long and hard to perfect their craft and charge you premium ticket prices to see them, it’s time to dress up.

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So what do you wear to concert-like events that aren’t listed above, like a Broadway show or a Las Vegas night club act?  While you’ll see plenty of people taking the lazy route in sloppy jeans and casual attire, opt for the higher road and go for semi formal or even cocktail attire.  Not only will you stand out in the crowd, you’ll be giving a nod to the skill level of the artist.

As you can see, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the “What to wear to a concert?” question.  It depends on the venue, the skill level of the artist, and the content of the material.  If you keep those parameters in mind, you’ll always know what to wear when.

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