How To Dress for an Outdoor Concert

Attending an outdoor concert is the perfect opportunity to express yourself through your personal style.  Although individuality is an important consideration in dressing for an outdoor concert, you must also consider the venue, weather, and type of performance.  Following these important steps will ensure that you enjoy both the concert and your outfit.

  1. First, in considering what to wear to an outdoor concert, you must consider the venue.  If the performance is held on the beach, you won't want to wear leather, closed toe dress shoes.  Conversely, if the concert is performed on an uneven landscape, you won't want to wear high heeled sandals.  If the venue only provides outdoor seating, you will want to ensure that you do not wear white pants, shorts, skirts, or dresses, as they will likely become dirty from the grass or seats.  It is also always a good idea to check with the venue ahead of time to find out what items are permitted inside.  Finally, if the venue is crowded, you may want to wear something with pockets, so as to avoid carrying your money and keys in a purse or bag, thereby avoiding possible theft.
  2. Second, you need to consider the weather in choosing an outfit for the concert.  If the show is performed during the day in the summer, the fewer articles of clothing, the better.  If the concert is being performed into the night, however, you may want to bring a light jacket in case it becomes cool.  Often, concert promoters have fans spraying water on the crowd, so try not to wear anything that may be ruined by the mist.  If it is sunny, make sure to bring a hat and sunglasses to ensure some protection.  Outdoor concerts in the winter are rare; however, if you attend one, make sure to bring an extra blanket, socks, and a hat to stay warm.
  3. Finally, what type of concert you are attending will impact your clothing choice.  When going to the Boston Pops outdoor concert, nice slacks or shorts and a nice shirt would be appropriate, taking the previous recommendations into consideration.  If, however, you are attending a Dave Matthews Concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, you will want to wear comfortable, expressive clothing, such as jeans, shorts, or a Dave Matthews t-shirt.

No matter what type of outdoor concert you are attending, how you dress should ultimately be about your individuality and comfort, so that you can enjoy the show.


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