The scene: your bedroom. It looks more like a crime scene than anything else, or maybe the site of a natural disaster. Clothing strewn about like leaves blown off a tree and toppled to the ground, a random assortment of shoes and accessories sprinkled throughout. It is in the middle of this train wreck of a room that you stand, staring with frustration into your closet. You only have so much time left to get ready, and you can't find a thing to wear....
We've all been in this situation before, trying to dress ourselves appropriately for an occasion. We want to look good, but we don't want to be uncomfortable; and let's face it, sometimes the comfy stuff isn't that cute. This can be an especially challenging feat when you are going to a concert during the fall and winter seasons. You know you are going to be standing outside in line, which depending on the weather can mean freezing for an hour or more; but it's going to be hot inside during the show (especially if you are in the pit or the general admission area) and you don't want to be sweating in thermals and a parka.
If you've learned the hard way before (and most of us probably have) then you know how important it is to balance common sense clothing with a concert-worthy ensemble. The wrong pair of shoes or that thin tee shirt you just had to wear can turn a fun night into a fright. With only a few weeks left of summer, here's a guide to help you get ready.
DON'T dress like it's summer
We all like to wear our tank tops and fun girly outfits, but dressing like it's 80 degrees when it's really 60 degrees is just not a good idea. Leave the tank tops, dresses and skirts in the closet.
DO go vintage
You can never go wrong with a tour tee from a past show, especially if it's from your favorite band. This will not only give you more coverage but it's also a great way to show your support for the band you're there to see. If you really want to stand out a little more, try cutting the tee into a crop top with a layering tank underneath, a tank top or an off the shoulder tee for extra style. Pinterest is a great place to find tutorials.
DON'T wear heels or uncomfortable shoes
BIG MISTAKE. Unless you are one of the rare people who lives in heels (and not many of us can do that) it's best to forego the formal footwear. Not only will your feet be killing you by the end of the night but you won't be able to have fun during the show if you're focusing on your aching feet. This is also exceptionally dangerous if you are in the pit or general admission area as you could fall and get injured.
DO wear something comfortable and classic
Opt for something you can move around in, since you will be on your feet all night. Funky flats are perfect if it's not too chilly out, but make sure you don't get stepped on. These are probably best suited for reserved seating since you won't be in a sea of people. Sneakers like these ones are great for any situation because they are protective but still make an outfit fun. Be forewarned though, if it's really cold out, YOUR FEET WILL FREEZE. Take it from someone who has been there, if you know you will be waiting in line outside for a long time, wear a thicker pair of socks with the sneakers. Boots are also great choice, especially in this instance because they will keep your feet toasty as you stand in line, but are still good for dancing and moshing around.
DO layer your look
Wearing layers is always a good idea because you can adjust accordingly to where ever you are. You will be warmer while you're outside but once you're in the show you can remove a layer and tie it around you. A vest is a great addition to any outfit and you can wear a hooded sweatshirt or even a long sleeve shirt underneath. It gives you a layer of warmth without getting in the way, plus it looks cool.
DO choose versatile items
Remember that you will need to cool off from time to time, especially when you come out of the concert at the end of the night. Wear things that zip up or open in the front so you can keep from overheating if you really don't want to take off a layer. You don't want to be pulling things off over your head.
DON'T carry a big bag
For one you do not need that much stuff and two it's more than likely going to get lost or stolen. Plus you will have to hold it all night and that isn't fun. If you really need to bring a bag, take an over-the-body style one with you. That way you're hands are free and you won't have to worry about dropping or losing it. Just be careful and keep it near the front of your body. It's probably best to only bring a purse if you have actual seats as opposed to general admission but that is up to you.
DO wear clothing with pockets
If you can, this is the best option because you will be able to bring everything you need like money, and ID, a camera and a phone without having to carry a purse. Go this route if you do have general admission.
Add fun elements to your ensemble like an edgy hat. It will keep your head warm but still look cool. If you're in general admission, opt for a knitted hat because it will stay on better. If you have reserved seating then wear something cute and stylish like this leopard print fedora.
DO have fun
No matter what happens, have a great time. Even if something goes awry, don't spend the night moping about it (unless of course it is something serious) because you'll regret it. Just go with the flow and enjoy.