What to Wear to…Summer Concert(s)

My husband and I were sitting on our front porch the other night, sippin’ beers, eagerly discussing the Coldplay concert we’ll be attending. Will they play “Fix You?” Will I dance the entire time? Will Rihanna make a surprise guest apparence causing me to scream like a little girl? What will we wear?

Uh oh. What will we wear? Thus, this post was born.

I haven’t attended a concert in an arena since I saw Bruce Springsteen in college, and God only knows what I wore among all the middle aged women. I’m much more accustomed to smaller shows, the kind where I can sit at a table and eat a meal while being serenaded. I dress to those shows as I’d dress for a dinner date. It made me realize that the venue should inspire the outfit. From the outdoor fest to the theatre, rest assured you can look good while shouting “Freebird!” Except please don’t be that person that shouts “Freebird!”

For the Outdoor Show

Keep it casual without wearing the bands t-shirt. You’re gonna sweat, baby, sweat, so be prepared.


Sunglasses | Warby Parker

Bracelet | Kiel James Patrick Archer Wrap

Tank | Madewell ‘Serenade’

Shorts | Lilly Pulitzer Buttercup

 Sandals | Nisolo “The Sandi”

Bag | Find Me in the Pub Satchel


Hat | Harding-Lane

Sunglasses | Oakley Frogskins

Shirt | J.Crew workwear henley

Shorts | Green Gingham Chubbies

Shoes | K Swiss x Billy Reid Venice Surf & Court

For the Arena…

The big shows with the most diverse crowd and a 73% chance of getting sweaty.
Still, don’t you dare wear the bands t-shirt.


Earrings | Kate Spade Gumdrop Studs

Necklace | Kendra Phillip Owl Pendant

Cuff | BaubleBar Gold Stud

Dress | Dorothy Perkins

Clutch | ASOS

Flats | Tipsy Skipper ‘That’s a Croc’ skimmers


Oxford | Rugby Ralph Lauren

Belt | Collared Greens

Watch | WeWOOD Odyssey

Shorts | Sid Mashburn chambray

Shoes | Tretorn Nylite Canvas

For the Theatre/Small Stage…

When it comes to the more intimate shows, dress it up a bit and really put the guy in the band t-shirt to shame. Do you sense a general rule of thumb here?


Earrings | Kendra Scott ‘Evan’

Blazer | TOPSHOP Ponte Boyfriend

Tank | Anthropologie 

Clutch | Claire Vivier

Skinny jeans | J Brand

Heels | Zara


Shirts | Brooks Brothers Slim Fit Pinpoint Stripe

 Tie | Sid Mashburn Silk Kit

Belt | Will Leather Goods

Watchstrap | Smart Turnout 

Jeans | Baldwin ‘Dry Reed’

Shoes | Sperry Top Sider Boat Wingtips

Rock on, y’all.

About the Author Caroline Fontenot

Caroline is a Texan living in Georgia. She is a full time photographer and runs the southern style blog Back Down South. She is a huge fan of her husband, warm weather, traveling, eating good eats and drinking good drinks. She is not a fan of cargo shorts or writing in third person...