What to Wear to a Concert: 10 Outfit Ideas by Music Genre

May 1, 2018 by Rebecca Carhart

Spring is finally here, which means concert season is right around the corner. As much as we all love watching our favorite artists perform live, figuring out what to wear to a concert can be tricky. You want your concert outfit to be that perfect blend of comfortable and chic so you can tear up the dance floor in style.

To help you solve the problem of what to wear to a concert, we’ve scanned the top fashion trends of the season to come up with six different stylish summer concert outfits. Whether you are headed to see Beyonce and Jay-Z on their sold out On The Run II tour or just going a laid-back Ed Sheeran gig, scroll to find concert outfits to rock this summer.

1. What to Wear to a Country Concert

Plaid shirts are the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about what to wear to a country concert. For a modern take on the classic style, try a top with a wrap detail. The silhouette is far more flattering than a basic plaid button down and will instantly elevate a pair of jeans. Opt for skinny jeans and accessorize with a chic crossbody bag (read: easy, cool and just enough to carry your phone). Bonus points for finishing the look with cowboy boots.

Country Concert Outfit:

TOP: SOMEDAYS LOVIN, JEANS: CITIZENS OF HUMANITY, CROSSBODY: JASON WU ACCESSORIES

2. What to Wear to a Rock Concert

A rock concert is the perfect place to sport an edgier vibe. The key to looking cool without trying too hard is starting with a great base like a black sleeveless top. The versatile basic will look good with everything from ripped jeans to a cute leather miniskirt. Throw on gold jewelry accents, like a great pair of spiky earrings. And get ready to rock and roll in a pair of heeled thigh-high boots.

Rock Concert Outfit:

TOP: DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY, SKIRT: REBECCA MINKOFF, EARRINGS: NOIR JEWELRY

3. What to Wear to a Hip-Hop Concert

A hip-hop concert is all about effortless style. You’re definitely going to be movin’ and groovin’, so dress comfortably in a pair of hip-hop joggers that can accommodate ample leg movement. Loosen up your shoulders in a sleeveless cropped top and complete your street fashion look with the classic gold chain necklace. Finally, show off your favorite pair of boots or fresh new kicks.

Hip-Hop Concert Outfit:

TOP: ELIZABETH AND JAMES, PANTS: KENDALL + KYLIE, NECKLACE: WGCA VINTAGE

4. What to Wear to an R&B Concert

Heading to an R&B concert? Rent a crop top and high-waisted skirt for a figure-flattering, sporty look. In order to stay comfy during the concert, make sure you choose a cotton knit option that will stretch and move with you. Since the separates are dressy enough on their own, style them with laid-back accessories like a leather backpack and a pair of sleek white sneakers.

R&B Concert Outfit:

TOP: SHOSHANNA, SKIRT: THE FIFTH LABEL, BACKPACK: SEE BY CHLOE ACCESSORIES

5. What to Wear to a Rap Concert

An all-black rap concert outfit will definitely draw attention, especially with a unique one-shoulder cropped top paired with black leather pants. Top it off with a stand-out metallic statement choker. Expect to get cold if it’s an indoor concert and bring a matching black leather jacket for when the need arises. If the concert is held outdoors in the summer, pull your hair up into a high pony and make sure to bring your black shades with you. Biker boots will make you a true rebel.

Rap Concert Outfit:

TOP: ELIZABETH AND JAMES, LEGGINGS: FREE PEOPLE, CHOKER: DANNIJO

6. What to Wear to a Pop Concert

Pop concerts are a great place to have fun with more casual styles. Pair denim with a crisp peplum top for a retro-meets-modern look. If you are headed to an outdoor concert, top off the cool combo with a printed bomber jacket. Complete the ensemble with a great pair of flat sandals (to make dancing a breeze) from your at-home wardrobe.

Pop Concert Outfit:

TOP: TRINA TURK, JEANS: CITIZENS OF HUMANITY, JACKET: CARVEN

7. What to Wear to a Reggae Concert

Reggae is all about laid-back and relaxed vibes. Pair a printed off-the-shoulder top with boyfriend jeans to keep your outfit simple, yet chic. Just be sure to opt for a shirt with smocking so it won’t budge as you groove on the dance floor. A simple gold choker will add a hint of flare, while cute ankle boots will add height to your look.

Reggae Concert Outfit:

TOP: A.L.C., JEANS: CURRENT/ELLIOT, CHOKER: GORJANA ACCESSORIES

8. What to Wear to a Jazz Concert

Jazz concerts typically call for more of a polished look. We recommend pairing a classic LBD with a denim jacket to balance crisp and cool. Add a hint of personality with a conversation-starting clutch. Rent a convertible option that can do double-duty as a crossbody, in case you want to keep your hands free during the concert.

Jazz Concert Outfit:

DRESS: KATE SPADE NEW YORK, JACKET: ELIZABETH AND JAMES, BAG: ZAC ZAC POSEN HANDBAGS

9. What to Wear to a Classical Concert

Whether it’s attending an opera, or classical music or dance concert, these events traditionally require formal evening wear. Even without an official dress code, it’s a great excuse to get dressed up. A blouse paired with either a skirt or a pair of trousers is appropriate and will help you achieve a clean look. If you want to take it one step further, a cocktail dress with heels can make you feel totally put together for a rare occasion like this. We’re guessing that you only attend classical concerts a couple times a year so renting is the perfect solution.

Classical Concert Outfit:

DRESS: MARCHESA NOTTE, CUFF: ELIZABETH AND JAMES, CLUTCH: SONDRA ROBERTS

10. What to Wear to a Folk Music Festival

A crochet cropped top with denim shorts is the classic pairing for a music festival. Take it up a notch with short but flowy floral dresses. If the festival lasts into the night, a denim jacket is your outerwear of choice—just because denim and floral prints are made for each other—and go completely boho with a pair of lace-up gladiator sandals.

Folk Music Festival Outfit:

DRESS: WISH, JACKET: MINKPINK, EARRINGS: SLATE & WILLOW