What to Wear to an Outdoor Concert

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My husband and I are huge fans of live music, especially in the spring and summer when events can be held outside, and I always get a lot of questions this time of year about what to wear to an outdoor concert.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing white slub tank and white denim shorts

slub tank (OS) // jean shorts (6) // Birks (8-8.5) // sunglasses // crossbody // necklace

Most of the events we attend are very casual. You’ll see women wearing pretty much anything from a maxi dress to cut-offs and a tank top. The key is to be cool and comfortable, and make sure whatever you wear will be comfortable for all the dancing, walking, and sitting you’ll be doing.

Either one of these outfits is easy to replicate with items from your closet, or you can find them all at Zappos. Be sure to link your Amazon Prime membership or sign up to be a Zappos VIP member for free upgraded shipping.

As always, when you shop at Zappos, you get the benefit of their 24/7 customer service and generous return policy. Also, military members, students, and teachers can get 10% off their Zappos orders — see their Student, Teacher & Military Promotion page for more details.

This is the type of outfit I usually pull together when I’m going to an outdoor concert or music festival.  Around here, it’s usually too hot to need a layering piece, and I try not to carry anymore than absolutely necessary.

A tank top or t-shirt with a pair of jean shorts and comfy sandals is my summer concert uniform. It’s simple, summery, and casual.

tank (OS) // jean shorts (6) // sandals (8) // sunglasses // crossbody // necklace

This slub tank with the Vienna lace detail at the sleeve will keep me cool and comfortable all day. It also comes in black, but white fabrics are cooler when the sun is high in the sky. It only comes in one size, which I find curious, but it fits me just fine. You can find more white slub t-shirt options at Zappos.

And these are the KUT from the Kloth Gidget Fray Jean Shorts with a 4″ inseam. They’ve been around for years, and they’re a great choice for cut-offs that don’t look too youthful. If you’re not a fan of cut-offs or want a longer inseam, these Joe’s Jeans 5″ Shorts are a good choice.

Most outdoor concerts and music festivals involve many hours of being on your feet, so this is not a time for stilettos. I usually wear a pair of comfortable sandals that fit the vibe of my outfit.

I have a pair of the Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle in pink from last year, and I just added this neutral brown to my closet. They come in tons of colors, and I find these very comfortable. I like how they’re a little more feminine than the traditional Birks.

Another option is this pair of Sam Edelman Naomi Sandals. I also swapped out the white slub tee for a black tank, to show you a variation on this simple outfit formula.

These sandals have an ankle strap for extra stability and a cushioned, molded footbed. They come in tons of colors, but I love this pewter with the croc embossed texture for versatility.

When I’m going to an evening event, I often opt for black because it has more of an edgy vibe, and I don’t have to worry about the sun beating down and making me too hot.

This Micheal Stars Maya tank is a really nice quality material and has a flattering fit with bra-friendly straps.

For a bag, I recommend a lightweight, yet durable crossbody. I don’t like to carry my designer bags to concerts and music festivals, so I purchased a HOBO brand crossbody a few years ago that I use for amusement parks, sporting events, and concerts.

The HOBO Crusade is a newer style that you can get at Zappos. It’s a bit of an investment, but you’ll have it for years, and this taupe color goes with everything. It also comes in black.

And you’ll definitely want a pair of sunglasses. These are the DIFF Shay, and they’re a really good value for the price point.

They come in a nice case, and this is a fun fact: For every pair of DIFF frames purchased at Zappos, DIFF will donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need.

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7 thoughts on “What to Wear to an Outdoor Concert

  1. I love these outfits! I just ordered the denim shorts, but I suspect they’ll be returned. I haven’t found denim shorts that I like in about 4-5 years. 🙁 I’m beginning to think they just don’t work for me anymore, but maybe these will!🤞

  2. Do you find the 9″ rise low on the denim shorts? I’ve gotten use to rises at least 10″ now. I wish Zappo’s site pictures weren’t distorted, as it hard to tell the look of their clothes. It didn’t use to be like this. I like Zappo’s for their free shipping with VIP and yes, a very generous return policy. These are the perfect outfits for a concert. I didn’t use to like Birks, but over the years they’ve grown on me. I really like the style here, as you said they are more feminine. I only have a rubberlike pair for slipping on around the house for outdoor things and should invest in a nice pair soon. 🙂 Have a great day.

  3. I’m a Birks fan and have been eyeing the Madrid but wonder about the support as opposed to the Arizona I wear the most. Love all the outfits, all of which are my usual wardrobe for summer. I wish that white tank wasn’t so pricey, love the detail. Hope you’re feeling stronger with each day! Savannah looks pretty against all the greenery in your yard.

    1. I was so tempted and curious of this new HOBO bag I went ahead and ordered it using your link; got it today. I must say the leather is beautiful and detailed so nicely. I had finally ordered the HOBO Cassie from Amazon and wanted to compare. Yes, this one is pricey but I’m only 5’2# and could not figure how to shorten the straps enough on the Cassie and this one will shorten up to 16″ drop, love how it lays flat against the body. I love both bags but may just stick with this Crusade; have been looking for leather of this quality for a long time, my Brighton bag is looking a little sad as I have carried it solely for “I won’t say how long”. Thanks for all your tips, you make it so tempting!

  4. I’m glad to hear you had a good doctor visit and are recuperating at a normal pace. What color polish are you wearing on your nails and toes? I know you told us once and I didn’t write it down or remember! 🙁 Thanks.

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