Jazz, Orchestra, Outdoor Festival: Here’s What to Wear to Every Type of Concert

Whether you’re seeing Beyoncé, The Roots or the New York Philharmonic, there’s no doubt that there’s something extra special about watching a live musical performance. Stressing over what to wear (or sitting for hours in an uncomfortable ensemble) shouldn’t take away from that awesome experience. Hence our easy cheat sheet for what to wear to any concert, no matter where it might be going down. Read on and prepare to rock your next live jam sesh in style.

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what to wear to a jazz club
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Jazz Club

Stand out from the sea of LBDs with a pair of cool velvet pants in an unexpected color, like millennial pink, teal or even deep red. The lush fabric will fit right in with the moody lighting and moodier sax solos. 

Get the look: Boohoo ($36); CAARA ($88); Nili Loton ($475)

what to wear to an outdoor music festival
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Outdoor Music Festival

It’s time to leave the crochet bikini tops and super-short cut-off denim behind and upgrade your festival look to a pair of western booties and a cool embroidered topper. Much more comfortable (and flattering).

Get the look: Carlos by Carlos Santana boots ($36); New Look boots ($48); Mojo Moxi boots ($70); Lucky Brand jacket ($90); ASOS jacket ($103); Johnny Was jacket ($268)

what to wear to an intimate bar concert
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Intimate Bar Performance

A textured tee and kimono over black skinny jeans is equal parts stylish and relaxed. Finish with a pair of flat or low-heeled ankle boots so you’ll continue to stay comfortable even if you’re stuck standing for the whole show.

Get the look: Gap top ($26); Madewell top ($30); Vero Moda top ($32); Daniel Rainn kimono ($89); Splendid kimono ($148); Tularosa kimono ($238)

what to wear to a concert at a huge arena
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Huge Arena Show

Headed to a sold-out Bieber concert? (Hey, no judgment.) Keep it simple with a graphic tee (or maybe the tour merch), jeans and a flannel button-down you can tie around your waist. 

Get the look: Uniqlo T-shirt ($15); PacSun T-shirt ($29); ModCloth T-shirt ($35); Current/Elliott shirt ($79); M.I.H. Jeans shirt ($102); Rails shirt ($148)

what to wear a classical music concert
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Classical Orchestra Performance

Oh, you fancy, huh? Embrace the glamour with a cocktail or formal dress you love but don’t get to wear nearly often enough. Sure, the guy sitting next to you might be in khakis, but nobody ever suffered from being a little overdressed.

Get the look: Boohoo ($22); Free People ($88); Boden ($370); Shoshanna ($440); Milly ($795)



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