Going to a live music concert is one of the most euphoric experiences you can have, and given the incredible reaction to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé's blockbuster stadium tours, we're all embracing the joy of joining a crowd of fellow fans. While summer festival season may be over, that's just giving way to a full roster of live music concerts, from the intimate indie gigs, to stadium shows for Madonna and Taylor's UK tour.
I love Aimee's mix of party top with practical pants for her Coachella look.
While the experience of seeing your favourite artist live may be exhilarating, figuring out what to wear can be the exact opposite. You need to be comfy and able to stay on your feet (and dancing, hopefully) for hours, but you also want to feel like you've dressed for the occasion. It'll get hot inside the venue, but once you leave you'll be confronted by the cold autumn/winter night as you try to beat the crowds to catch your train. Plus, if the social media videos and pictures from the Renaissance and Eras tours are anything to go by, the fashion bar for concert dressing has seriously been raised.
This dress and trainers combination would be a great concert look.
So where to begin? First of all, consider the artist and the venue—a bedazzled top and cargo pants may not be the look to go for if you're seeing an emerging indie band in an intimate music hall, but if the concert is the equivalent of the biggest party of the year, go for it. Then, make sure you prioritise comfort—and I don't just mean swapping the stilettos for a chunky heeled boot or trainer, but making sure your outfit still feels like it resonates with your personal style and gives you the confidence to be totally carefree in the crowd. Here, I've pulled together 10 different outfits that I'm confident will do the trick.
1. CARGO PANTS + BODYSUIT + TRAINERS
There are bodysuits, and then there are Louisa Ballou bodysuits. This is made for a night of dancing to live music.
2. LEATHER SKIRT + HALTER TOP + KNEE-HIGH BOOTS
You could style this in so many ways beyond this concert look.
Just the right amount of sparkle.
Knee-high boots paired with a mini skirt has a cool Sixties vibe.
3. CORSET TOP + WIDE-LEG JEANS
Miaou are famous for their corset tops, and this long-sleeved version is a great choice for autumn/winter concerts.
The pale wash and wide leg would give a great contrast with the corset.
A little height boost to make sure you'll get your view of the stage.
4. SLIP DRESS + LEATHER JACKET
5. BAND T-SHIRT + DISTRESSED JEANS
A vintage band tee is a classic concert look—just make sure you can name a few of the songs by the band emblazoned on the shirt.
6. SHIMMER TOP + BLACK JEANS + SILVER BOOTS
Even if you didn't get tickets to Beyoncé's Renaissance tour, these silver boots are destined to be dancing at a concert.
7. MINI DRESS + DENIM JACKET
This looks like the comfiest possible concert outfit, and the waist-cinching belt is a great touch.
8. VINYL JACKET + JEANS
Lean into the Seventies style with these wide-leg jeans.
Go with patent leather to pick up on the vinyl jacket's shine.
9. LEATHER TROUSERS + SPARKLE TOP
Express your inner diva with this spotlight-grabbing top.
10. STATEMENT SKIRT + T-SHIRT
This form fitting t-shirt is the perfect silhouette to go with the mini skirt.
Have this tied over your shoulders so you have an extra layer to reach for when you have to brace the post-concert cold night air.
Jess Kelham-Hohler is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist. She has been a contributor for Who What Wear UK since 2023. Currently based in London following six years in Washington D.C. and New York, she was previously the Digital Editor for Soho House & Co, an international group of private members’ clubs for creatives. She has interviewed a range of artists, creators and more, including Alighieri founder Rosh Mahtani, photographer Misan Harriman and fashion editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner. Today, she writes primarily about fashion, travel and culture for various publications, and has worked as a copywriter and content strategist for brands such as Belstaff, Olivela and Equinox.
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