Five Essentials to Rock the Country Look at Your Next Concert
Whether going to see Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert or your favorite local country band, it's all about that look. Dress the part for your next country concert with cowboy boots and hat, cutoff shorts, jeans or leggings and a comfy T-shirt or lacy top that suits your style.
Country-Style Shirts and Tops
Tight-fitting flannel is cute for that country-girl look, but a T-shirt is also appropriate for a country concert, even if the shirt displays the name of a rock band. A lacy, white tank top or dress is another excellent choice, as lace is uber trendy for the country crowd. Top off that tank or dress with a denim jacket, or a denim jacket or shirt to keep your arms warm or to cover them from the sun during an outdoor concert.
Outfitting Your Bottom Half
Cutoff Daisy Dukes (denim short-shorts) are ideal for an outdoor concert or if you usually get hot while dancing; besides, they look hot, too. If short shorts aren't your thing, go for denim jeans or jeggings. Torn, faded jeans are great, but dark blue denim also looks stunning.
Boots, Boots ... Did We Mention Boots?
Cowboy boots are a must at a country concert if you want to have that country cred. But don't buy a brand new pair just for the show, or your feet may not forgive you for a while. Wear old, broken-in boots that are comfy; remember, well-worn is cool too. Comfort rules if you plan on dancing to your favorite tunes, and also if the concert is in a large venue, since you may have to walk really far to get to your seat. If you don't own cowboy boots, fringy or snakeskin ankle boots or brown biker boots will work, too.
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Top Things Off with a Hat
Yep, it's an obvious choice, but the perfect one: a cowboy hat. Go for a straw cowboy hat for an outdoor show or to keep your head cool. Add a feminine touch with a pink cowboy hat or even a fedora to stand out from the crowd.
Accessorize the Look
Round out your look with a cute leather handbag (extra points for fringe), leather or bangle bracelets and one of your fave necklaces. Pick a necklace that is lightweight and won't bother you as you dance the night away—but don't wear your best, most expensive necklace, in case it gets lost.
Other Items to Bring
For an outdoor concert, sunscreen is a must, even if it's cool enough to wear a jacket. Apply sunscreen to your face and exposed areas. Choose a lip balm or lipstick that also offers protection from the sun.
Some outdoor venues allow you to bring bottles of water, or at least an empty bottle to fill up on site. Most indoor venues do not allow any outside food or drink. Check the rules and regulations for the concert site before venturing out for the event to ensure that any beverage you intend to bring is allowed.
Many venues do not allow professional cameras; some also disallow cellphone photography. Check the information on your ticket stub or emailed receipt before the show, just to be sure.
Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.