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.