After two years of delays and postponements, concerts and music festivals are back—and so is the chance to sport show-stopping outfits from the audience. Music events allow you to wear more adventurous looks, whether you’re rocking leather at a concert or a pop concert look.
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These tips from New York-based stylists will help you fine tune your concert style before you jam out to your favorite artist. Gloria CospitoNew Jersey-based stylist Amy Berenbak. These outfits will be the stars of the show.
Fashion a band T-shirt in a new, trendy way
Show you’re a fan of the artist—and a fan of timeless style—with a band T-shirt. Regardless of which concert you’re attending, both stylists recommend customizing tees with creative styling or DIY hacks. “Band T-shirts are a lot of fun and give you leeway to [transform them] with just a pair of scissors,”Cospito explains that you can alter the neckline or make it a crop-top, or cut fringes and knots by using a few simple scissors. Merch by Amazon is a great place to stock up on T-shirts from bands. It features officially licensed shirts and sweatshirts, as well as phone cases and other products from a wide variety of artists. We tried the line and found that the Dolly Parton shirt was very comfortable.
Berenbak suggests pairing the garment with leather shorts to add some flair. The We Wore What pair she loves is currently out of stock, but you can still get the Press Play ShortsFor a similar style, visit Free People They’re available in black in women’s sizes 0 to 14.
You can also substitute shiny shorts with wide-leg trousers for a modern look. “It just looks like you’re not trying too hard but you look really put together,”Berenbak talks about the “edgy cool”Look where the trousers are located “elevate”The tee. Take into account the Harlow Wide Leg Pants from MadewellFor a versatile option that can be taken from one place to another, the X-Large is the best choice. The best selling style is available in women’s sizes 00 to 16.
Country concerts: Get your boots on in cowboy boots
Country songs can now be heard on pop radio. Country singers such as Maren Morris or Kacey Musgraces recently added pop-inspired glamour to their stage costumes. “Country feels like it has definitely changed in the last few years… but it is always fun to include that typical or traditional country element,”Cospito.
You can’t get more country than cowboy boots. Shop the Steve Madden Hayward bootsFor a fashionable twist on traditional footwear, try these. They’re available in five colors in women’s shoe sizes 5 to 11. Cospito suggests pairing the boots with a matching white minidress and jacket.
Another country’s classic? Vests. “They’re just super sexy but you could still make it look more appropriate for work if you want to put something underneath it,”Berenbak suggests vests by Amanda Uprichard, says Berenbak. Shop the x Revolve Quincy Vest in women’s sizes XS to XL.
Fuse fashion with fandom: For pop concerts
Pop concerts are a great way to think. “fashion-forward, flashy [and] sparkly,”Cospito notes that certain fandoms made recent headlines because of their obsession with going “all out”With their looks. Harry Styles fans are among those ensuring that concert dressing isn’t the same “As It Was” pre-pandemic.
Don’t be afraid to play with patterns, let feathers fly, or add some sparkle with a bra top like the Rhinestone Mesh Top at Urban Outfitters. Pop concert looks are not about. “just having fun and not being afraid to go over the top,”Cospito.
The shimmery style can be worn in one size.
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For a sleek ensemble, “bodysuits are amazing, because it gives that outfit more of that streamlined look,”Berenbak suggests styling it with leather shorts and cowboy booties. Alix NYC is her recommendation. They sell a variety of figure-hugging styles, including the Ivy Bodysuit. The trendy, one-shoulder style is available in women’s sizes XS to L in burnt orange and white.
Denim can be transformed into a pre-concert project, just like T-shirts. “You could get denim pants and go to town with them creating tears [for] a little bit of the distressed look,”Cospito adds that you can also add glitter to your fabric with fabric glue or patches. This gives it a retro feel. “I feel like the 60s are very alive in all of this concert attire, and you can really have fun with a pair of jeans and make them your own.”Old Navy often has sales, so you can shop second-hand or find discounted denim. Check out these highly-rated styles High-Waisted O.G. Straight Cut-Off Jeans, which come in women’s sizes 00 to 30, for a blank canvas.
Other concerts: Choose high style
When creating an outfit for an alternative concert, let fashion take center stage. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the realm of costume and instead “go more high fashion, let this be your Vogue moment,”Cospito recommends Haim bands as style muses, says Cospito.
Mesh dresses can be both stylish and fashionable. “lightweight and comfortable,”Cospito. Try the Katya Ruched Mini Dress, which comes in a blue marble print in women’s sizes XXS to XL.
Berenback recommends a combat boot to complete the look. Our tester recommends: Dr. Martens 1460 Pascal 8-Eye Boot for shoes that don’t require breaking in. Shop it in women’s shoe sizes 5 to 11.
Rock concerts: Leather and distressed denim add edge
When it comes to rock n’ roll concerts, you’ll be ready to roll with a retro-inspired outfit. “We’re re-entering a glam rock [era]”Cospito said that Machine Gun Kelly is the leader in colorful looks, as are other musicians like Machine Gun Kelly.
Get leather and other accessories. “vegan leather,”You can add an edge to your ensemble by adding skirts, corsets, and pants. The is a wide-leg pleather pants that can be worn with the Star-Crossed Lover Vegan PantsFree People. They’re available in women’s sizes 0 to 14 in black, olive, and brown.
A bodysuit like this one will give you a slimmer, more figure-hugging look. Faux Leather Scoop BodysuitSkims. “The material is soft and stretchy, not too thick or too thin, these are quality pieces,”One reviewer praises the style’s underwear bottom. It’s sold at the Kim Kardashian-owned brand in women’s sizes XS to 4X.
Festivals: Look—and stay—cool all day
Festivals used to be known for their bohemian vibes, but now the dress code is more formal. “more high-fashion street style”Cospito says that fashion has changed significantly in recent years. But with a long, warm day ahead of you, you’ll want to consider function in addition to fashion. Sport stylish sneakers such as Vejas, which we tested and loved–and so do and Berenback and Meghan Markle. Shop the Veja V-12 Sneakers in women’s shoe sizes 40 to 47.
Consider trendy styles that can be easily cooled down when you dress for outdoor festivals. “Incorporate swimsuit items…that you could sweat all day and feel fine,”Cospito. Slip on the Always Fits One-PieceGood American offers a swimsuit that doubles as a stylish bodysuit. We’ve tested the brand’s denim and appreciate its style and quality. Shop the suit in women’s sizes XXS to 5XL.
You can also consider casual outfits like the Island Terry Halter DressFabletics. The lightweight style, part of the brand’s collaboration with Vanessa Hudgens, goes seamlessly from summertime concert to beach day. It comes in four colors in women’s sizes XXS to 4X.
You can keep your stuff safe with concert-ready design
Because many venues don’t allow large bags, consider stashing your goods in a see-through fanny pack instead of a purse or backpack. The Veckle Clear Fanny PackAmazon’s bestseller, this book has 4.5 stars out 4500 ratings. “Great for concerts where a clear bag is required,”One reviewer writes.
A bra with pockets is another option for storage. Running bras such the Thea are great for storage. Tracksmith Allston Pocket BraIt has a large pocket that can hold your keys, credit card, phone and keys. Shop it in four colors in women’s sizes XS to L.
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