What to wear to a concert: Outfits to help you enjoy the music in style

Wondering what to wear to a concert? Style inspiration worthy of the VIP section

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Deciding on what to wear to a concert can be as hard as bagging those tickets but we’re here to help ease the sartorial stress away with our favorite outfit formulas that work every time.

While big nights out often result in a new outfit, you'll find from this guide that largely shopping your capsule wardrobe for key looks, will ensure you can pull a VIP-worthy outfit together with ease. Depending on the type of venue, time of year, and style of music, the dress code might slightly differ, although you can almost certainly guarantee that your best jeans and tee combo will always offer a great fallback option. If you're heading to a festival this summer, you'll want to consider the best waterproof jackets, plenty of layers, and some shoes that can handle the mud. However, if you're hitting a stadium tour or seeing your favorite band in a small-seater venue you'll be able to get away with a cute dress and the best white trainers

When it comes to what to wear to a concert, thinking about your accessories is also key. From comfortable flats to the best crossbody bags, it's about putting together an ensemble that feels both comfortable and stylish, so you can feel free to dance like no one's watching and there's no worry about any wardrobe malfunctions or blistering feet. If you’re in need of some style inspo, we’ve rounded up some chic and versatile outfit options that will work for every concert.

What to wear to a concert - outfits chosen by a fashion editor

1. Jeans + Tank

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This simple, yet effective outfit formula is perfect if you want to keep it casual and effortless. Draw inspiration from the denim trends 2022 and opt for looser-fit jeans to keep it relaxed - silhouettes such as a wide-leg, boyfriend fits, or mom jeans will work well. Offset the laidback cut of your jeans with a more fitted top to highlight your silhouette. For extra oomph, finish with layers of gold jewelry, the best sunglasses, and some statement shoes.

A style tip…

If you want to smarten up this look, layer one of this season's best blazers on top in an oversized fit. Feel free to inject some color too and go for hot pink or cornflower blue.

Fashion editor’s picks…

2. Leather pants + blouse

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Wondering what to wear to a rock concert? Embrace that inner rocker and add a bit of leather to your look. Leather pants are a major fashion trend 2022 and working out how to style leather pants is a lot easier than you think. If you’re going to an evening concert and want to feel more dressy, they are the ideal alternative to your black jeans. Wear with a punchy blouse - animal prints work like a charm - and finish with a studded belt or embellished boots for extra style kudos. If you're not quite ready for leather pants, try one of the best leather jackets with black jeans instead.

A style tip…

Play with textures and team your leathers with silky blouses, plush velvet or a denim blouse or jacket to really upgrade your look.

Fashion editor’s picks…

3. Denim on denim

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Take your favorite jeans up a notch, and add another layer of denim to the mix for a cool '90s-inspired look. Double denim has come a long way since Britney and Justin rocked it in the early '00s and it’s now considered a fashion-forward way to rock your blues. Try layering your best denim jacket over a simple tee and jeans, or sharpen it with a western-style denim shirt and skirt - a dreamy combo if you’re heading to a country gig.

A style tip…

If mixing denim seems too daring, try rocking a denim boilersuit instead - maximum head-to-toe impact with minimal effort.

Fashion editor’s picks…

4. Mini dress + Boots

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If you're wondering what to wear to an outdoor concert or festival, flat or platform boots are a stylish and practical choice, especially if you’re having to traipse through the grass and mud. Boots help to offset shorter hems on dresses but you can add additional coverage and opt for a long sleeve mini dress too. Lean into that rock ’n’ roll aesthetic and finish with the a leather jacket and  a crossbody bag to keep you hands-free. 

A style tip…

Toughen up floaty frocks and look for stompy lace-up styles and the best Chelsea boots for a festival-ready look. 

Fashion editor’s picks…

5. A boilersuit

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Much like the best midi dresses, a boilersuit is a ready-made outfit that requires little styling. Just throw on and you’re pretty much good to go. This flattering jumpsuit style offers a bit more practicality than a dress and it looks just as good teamed with trainers or sleek mules, so you can go as dressy as you like. Keep it fun and playful and go for vibrant hues and fun tie-dye prints. 

A style tip…

If you need an extra layer in the winter, wear a fine-knit roll neck underneath.

Fashion editor’s picks…

Charlie Bell
Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.