You guys, I’m so excited to be starting a new series on here called What Would Victoria Wear, where I basically outline what I would wear for a specific occasion/event/holiday, etc! So to start it off, I thought it would only make sense to have my first post be about what I would wear to a concert.
Since the weather is FINALLY starting to warm up, it means that it’s finally starting to feel like Spring! And one of my favourite things about Spring is all the concerts in the city. Aside from Fall, Spring is definitely a great season to check out a show or two as tons of bands happen to tour around this time of the year. So to help you guys out before you head off to any upcoming concerts, I thought I would break down what I wear when I go to a concert myself. If you didn’t know, I’m an avid concert go-er. You’ll find me at at least one or two concerts a month (if you’re interested in knowing my top 5 concerts from last year, click here!), so I definitely know a thing or two when it comes to concert dressing. Always remember though that you should dress however you like! Take these tips as helpful pointers, and use them to help inspire you to dress in your own way and what makes you the most comfortable.
Before I get into the specific outfit details, I also wanted to mention that what I wear to a concert also depends on the type of concert I’m going to, even though the idea is always the same. The first outfit is something I would wear to a more casual concert or something like a filthy rock show. The type of show where I know I’ll be sweating and having my face melt off, so to speak. On the other hand, if I know I’m going to a fancier concert, like an arena show or a fun electronic night out type of concert, then I would go for the second outfit. It’s a bit more dressed up and has a bit more bling to keep me going throughout the night.
So without further adieu, here are my concert essentials:
Oversized Graphic Tee:
One of the most important things for me when going to a concert is to be comfortable. You’re there to watch the band perform after all, it’s not a fashion show. So comfort is always key. And what’s more comfortable than a good ol’ t-shirt? You can wear any kind of t-shirt you’d like, but I love how a fun graphic tee adds a bit more pizzazz to an outfit. Sometimes I’ll even opt for a band tee of the band I’m seeing (just don’t wear a t-shirt of a different band than the one you’re seeing – it’s common courtesy!). In terms of the fit, I always opt for an oversized tee. It’s more comfortable and you can always tuck it in the front for that slouchy and effortlessly cool look.
Since I usually opt for a looser fit on the top, I make sure to balance it out with a tighter fit on the bottom – hence the skinny pants. My go-to pairs of skinnies for a concert are my black skinny jeans with the holes in the knees or my American Apparel disco pants. I love black skinnies for a rock concert since they look so badass with any graphic tee. And for a more elevated look, my disco pants are so fun. Perfect for a night out of dancing along with your favourite band.
I live in Canada so it’s cold out the majority of the time. Hence the need for a jacket 9 out of the 12 months of the year. However, who wants to wait in line and pay for coat check once you get into the venue, and wait in an even longer line to retrieve your coat once the concert ends? No one. So having a lightweight jacket to get you to and from your car/subway to the venue is absolutely necessary! The reason a lightweight jacket works best is because once you get inside and you’re halfway into the concert, you’ll probably be feeling hot and a little stuffy. This is when you can easily just take the jacket off and tie it around your waist without it being too bulky (as I’ve shown in the first outfit). No need to get coat check, and it keeps your hands free so you can continue moving around or holding onto your drink. If it’s a bit warmer out like during the summer months, you can swap out the jacket and even just wear a thin cardigan or flannel instead.
The black booties I’m wearing in both outfits are my literal go-to pair of concert shoes. And I mean it when I say it that I actually wear these shoes to every single concert I attend. These boots are durable, go with everything, add height, and are super comfortable, which is why they’re the PERFECT concert shoes! Out of everything that I deem necessary for a concert, a great pair of comfortable platform booties are my number one. A platform instantly adds height so if you’re a shorty like me who can’t see over the heads of those taller people standing in front of you at a concert, platform shoes give you a little boost. But just because they add height, it doesn’t mean that they’re uncomfortable. Platforms also have a heel in the front so it kind of evens out the height in the arch of the foot, so they’re actually very, very comfortable, even when you’re standing for a few hours at a concert. Materials like leather (real or faux, it doesn’t matter) are usually the most durable for shoes as well. They repel liquids better than a material like suede for example, and don’t scratch as easily. I recommend finding a pair of inexpensive leather booties if you’re looking for a concert shoe. Truth be told, I’ve stepped on some sticky floors, had people step on my feet while dancing and jumping around, and even had a few drinks spilled on them, so you definitely don’t want to spend a ton of money on an expensive pair of concert shoes. The exact ones I’m wearing aren’t available anymore, but these Vagabond Dioon boots as well as these Vagabond Grace boots are extremely similar.
Well there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!
Let me know in the comments below if you’re going to any concerts coming up and who you’re seeing! I’ll be catching Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Sylvan Esso just to name a few in the coming months. Also, let me know if you have any requests for future WWVW blog posts. I would love to hear your feedback!