What to Wear to Concerts for All Seasons

Published October 2, 2018
Friends at a music festival

If you're attending a concert or festival anytime soon, you might be undecided with what to wear. However, regardless of whether you're male or female, it's important to choose an outfit that's functional as well as fashionable. After all, it's difficult to resist the urge to dance once the band(s) start playing! The following options have got you covered from both angles, whatever the season.

Fabulous Fall Looks

For a fall music event, it's important to take layers with you in case it's cold or the weather is bad.


Try a feminine or androgynous fall look depending on your personal style preferences.

  • Double Denim - Ripped jeans are undeniably cool and practical for a concert, especially when you team them with Converse sneakers and a denim jacket in a varying shade. Add a choker or beaded bracelet to enhance the fun, retro element of this 1990s-inspired aesthetic.
Double Denim
  • Preppy Chic - For a preppy, more sophisticated look, try a knee-length A-line skirt with a chic sweater or short-sleeved shirt tucked into it. Then, in terms of footwear, opt for cute ballet flats or sturdy brogues to tackle the crowds. Whichever pieces you pick out, make they're colorful to draw attention to yourself for all the right reasons.
Preppy Chic


Boys can go as casual or as dressy as they like for a fall music event, just make sure you finish off your outfit with a jacket.

  • Sharp Tailoring - If you prefer to wear smart casual attire for an evening concert, consider a black button-up shirt and a tailored blazer with skinny black jeans and Vans sneakers for ultimate indie vibes. To polish off your sharp yet stylish ensemble, add a trendy fedora hat.
Sharp Dresser
  • Preppy Cool - If the festival is outdoors, you need to make sure you're protected from the elements. A hooded waterproof rain jacket is a great idea and looks effortlessly cool when teamed with slim-leg blue jeans, a plain white tee, and leather sneakers. Are you a glasses wearer? You can even add a preppy touch to your outfit by rocking them with a wrap-around scarf and rolling the hems of your jeans up by two inches.
Preppy Cool

Winter Warmers

Practicality is the most important aspect of dressing for a winter music event; however, there are ways you can incorporate fashion-forward detailing.


Dressing up can prove challenging in cold temperatures, but you can always use accessories, makeup, or glamorous hairstyles to amp up the ante.

  • Pretty Grunge - Black leather jackets are a fabulous grungy piece for music concerts as they instantly add a stamp of attitude to your outfit. Even though they're not the warmest jacket option, combine yours with a sweater, thick leggings or jeans, and winter woolies (such as a scarf, gloves, and bobble hat) for extra coziness.
Happy Grunge
  • Comfy and Cozy - If the concert is outdoors and temperatures are forecast to be below freezing, then a big snugly coat teamed with winter woolies is the answer. You could even wear stompy boots lined with faux fur to keep you feeling fierce and your tootsies feeling toasty.
Comfy and cozy


Boys can still look trendy without sacrificing their comfort at winter music events.

  • Oversized Aviator - Sometimes simple outfits are the best way to go; they're not only easier to put together, but they're comfortable and practical. Throw it back to the 1980s when aviator jackets first arrived on the scene and team yours with baggy jeans and an oversized white tee to channel boy band cool.
  • Practical Puffer - If your music event is outdoors, there's no shame in layering up to battle the cold temperatures. A band hoodie is attractive, occasion-appropriate, and does the job of keeping you warm when worn underneath a cozy puffer jacket with jeans and boots. You could even incorporate a long gold chain for a happening hip hop feel.
Pratical Puffer

Spring Layers

Much like fall, knits and jackets are required at spring music events for cooler evenings or unexpected rain showers.


You can go as girly or tomboyish as you like for a spring concert or festival to best showcase your personality.

  • Laid-Back Plaid - Plaid shirts are an all-time festival favorite and come in different colorways to suit your complexion and hair coloring. Layer one over a tank or tee with denim shorts, straw hat, and cowboy boots for an adorable western-inspired ensemble.
Laid-Back Plaid
  • Printed Leggings Surprise - If you want to make a serious style statement, rock leggings in a print of the moment with a neutral tunic-length tank and sneakers. Whether you opt for animal print, polka dots, or stripes, include a denim sleeveless shirt as an extra layer that will pop against the hues of the pattern. Finish your outfit with standout sunglasses.
Printed Leggings


Whether you prefer classic styling or follow the latest trends, there are many spring looks you can try out for a music concert.

  • Effortless Skater - If you want to embrace an aesthetic that looks like you've thrown it on at the last minute, consider a plain or band tee under an open button-up plaid shirt and ripped jeans. For serious skater vibes, add sneakers and a snapback cap.
Effortless Skater
  • Smart Camo - For a smart casual ensemble, consider a long sleeved button-up shirt and cargo pants with sneakers and a light camo-printed rain jacket. You could even add a studded or spike bracelet for a playful, punk-inspired feel.
Smart Camo

Summer Fun

Summer is the most straightforward season to dress for when attending a music concert or festival because it's unlikely you'll need layers.


Opt for loose, floaty fabrics for warmer temperatures--and don't forget your sunglasses!

  • Simple Yet Stylish - For a youthful, exuberant summertime look, try printed shorts with a cute and colorful cami and sandals. Accessorize with delicate yet demure jewelry for added interest.
Simple Yet Stylish
  • Girly Glam - To create a dressy outfit for a festival, opt for a printed romper or pretty ruffled dress with sandals for a fashionable, feminine look. Keep your accessories minimal to let your one-piece stand out and do the talking.
Girly Glam


Summer music events make styling super easy for teen boys. Just grab a top, some bottoms, and your sneakers, and you're pretty much good to go!

  • Casual Basics - Sometimes less is more with fashion and opting for a basic tee and jeans will provide you with a fresh, clean aesthetic. Opt for high-quality fabrics for comfortable all-day wear.
Casual Basics
  • Tank and Shorts Combo - To keep you feeling and looking cool in warm weather, consider a neutral-hued tank top with printed shorts and a cap to shield your eyes from the sun. In terms of prints for your shorts, stripes or checks are the most popular; however, dare to be different with an unusual print to create a quirky, distinctive ensemble.
Tank and Shorts Combo

Adapting to Each Season

There's no right or wrong when it comes to choosing an outfit for a concert or a festival. Just make sure you take the weather into consideration, opt for comfortable shoes for dancing, and take layers so that you're not caught out. Either way, be sure to wear pieces you can enjoy yourself in because music events are meant to be fun!

What to Wear to Concerts for All Seasons