A concert is a special event for which you have to choose your attire well to fit in with the atmosphere and feel at ease. Whether you are attending a musical event in a concert hall or an opera, it is important to understand the type of event and the environment in which the concert is held. You won’t dress the same way for an outdoor festival in hot weather as you would for a concert in an air-conditioned venue.
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1. Rule number one: wear comfortable clothes
Whatever type of concert you attend, you have to feel at ease.
Your clothes and accessories can quickly become a nuisance, and you will find dancing difficult if they are too tight. Jeans, for example, can be a great all-purpose solution; just make sure they are loose enough to dance in during the concert. Although every gig has its peculiarities, go for relatively simple attire that can get dirty, and that is ok to sweat in.
2. Tailor your clothing to the theme of the concert
To keep the concert’s theme, choose your clothes with this in mind.
Pop, classical music, rock, metal, rap, opera… Each concert has its characteristics. The singer, the type of music, the venue, the location and the audience are also criteria to consider when choosing what to wear. If you go to a concert by Dua Lipa, for example, you could wear a T-shirt from her official merchandise to get more of a feel for the situation.
Finally, with this in mind, you can also dress with whom you’re going to the concert. Agreeing on how to dress or dress up for a particular artist or group is also very common.
3. Don’t forget to use the cloakroom
In most concert halls there is a cloakroom where you can leave your belongings (backpack, bag, coat, bulky clothes…). If you are going to a concert, you should also have some spare money for this. Even if it costs a few more euros, it can make your experience more enjoyable. If you’re in the pit, you won’t have to worry about your belongings or losing them. Also, think of others; if you sit on your seat, leaving all your things to the side, in front, etc., it can annoy others and obstruct the view.
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4. What to wear to an open-air concert?
Dressing for an outdoor concert can be relatively easy, as they are usually organised in spring or summer.
Tip: Don’t wear your favourite sneakers! As you never know what the weather will be like and you never know exactly what the venue will be like, be aware that at open-air concerts, it is easy to get your clothes and shoes dirty. It is advisable to wear something you don’t care about and don’t mind getting dirty or even losing.
Few open-air concerts offer a cloakroom or a place to store your belongings. Be careful when in a crowd so your phone, wallet or other personal belongings are not stolen or dropped.
Another tip: Wear a jacket or jumper. Regardless of the time of year, it can get chilly if the concert lasts all night. It is better to wear too many layers than not enough.
5. What footwear to wear to a concert?
Here are some tips on the choice of footwear:
● Wear casual shoes. It is simple but fundamental. You are likely to move and dance a lot: wearing tight or uncomfortable shoes can ruin your concert.
● Avoid heels: High heels will hurt you after a while, and open-toed shoes expose you to injuries.
● Opt for flat, comfortable shoes to keep your feet secure and pain-free.
6. Avoid wearing heavy jewellery
For dancing in a confined space, heavy or oversized jewellery will be uncomfortable and may even hurt you or someone next to you.
You can choose lighter materials, such as linen or leather, and smaller, more manageable jewellery. Gold or silver chains, bracelets and necklaces should be avoided for safety reasons.
7. Leave accessories (phone, bag, etc.) at home.
Leave your bag at home, so you don’t have to carry it.
Keep a few essentials in a small cross-body bag, or carry what you need in your pockets to keep your hands free. Your ID card, mobile phone and some cash are all you need to enjoy the concert.