Picture this: your favorite artist has just announced a tour and will be performing in your city. What do you do? Of course, you clear your schedule, save the date, count your pennies, buy the tickets and attend the concert.
What about your outfit? This is a major life-changing event for you so, obviously, you have to dress the part.
There are many things to consider when choosing an outfit for this sacred event, the first being the venue. While the location of the concert might not be your biggest concern, it can completely change the direction of your attire.
For example, if the venue is outdoors, you have to face mother nature and all she throws at you. This could be sharp wind, blinding sun, freezing air or dizzying fog. Under these conditions, you might choose to layer clothes for warmth and even protection from the forces of nature, or you might pick a simpler outfit that offers comfort.
If your concert location is indoors, you have more flexibility. You don’t have to don a suit of armor, instead, you get to choose whatever your heart desires without worrying about the great outdoors.
The time of your concerts can impact what you choose to wear. Despite the versatility that an indoor venue offers, there are still other factors to consider when creating your masterpiece of an outfit. Let’s talk timing. Are you going to a day concert? A night concert? Or even a festival that spans from day to night?
During the day, you might select brighter colors that offer a bold pop. At night, you might consider something more mysterious and dark. Or, you might choose the opposite to ensure you stand out.
Nevertheless, the time of your concert could play into your outfit of choice, especially for festivals, where you will undoubtedly spend a lot of time at the venue. In this case, you might want to focus on comfort and longevity. This is not to say you can’t still be stylish, but maybe choose a more sensible shoe, or layer strategically so you can have an impromptu costume change.
Another thing to consider is your seat, if you have one. With a seat, you’ll have a designated spot where you can leave a jacket or two behind if you opt for the layered look. Also, you can decide to be more daring with your shoes because you won’t have to stand all night, nor will your shoes be ruined by trampling feet.
However, if you do choose to stand all night, or if you’re brave enough to be in the pit, you’ll want to select an outfit that is comfortable to stand in and dance in. Think about mobility and ease, and choose something you’ll feel confident in.
Keeping all the above in mind, there is one last thing to think about: the artist and their music. What is the genre of music you’ll be listening to? Is the music upbeat and happy, morose and sad, or angry and chaotic? Does your artist dress up in elaborate costumes or are they more casual and laid back? The answers to these questions — whatever they may be — can help you decide on what to wear.
You may want to mimic the artist and their vibe or incorporate a piece of clothing that is mentioned in one of their songs. Put on your best cowboy boots and hat for a country concert, or paint your face and wear all black to see KISS perform.
Whoever you’re seeing and whatever their vibe is, you can always select an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident and ultimately ready to have the time of your life.
Thinking about the venue, timing, seating and the artist’s music, you can easily concoct the perfect concert outfit. Besides, none of this really matters since you’ll probably end up buying some new merchandise in support of your favorite artist and completely covering all the hard work you put into your outfit. At least you’ll know exactly what to wear when you see them again.