Concerts are popular choices for dates. A concert allows you to enjoy the company in a casual, public space, and offers an easy way to discover shared interests. Because the average concert can last three to five hours, it is important to wear clothing that will be comfortable over a long period of time. Concerts are shared experiences, so participants have little say other than to simply go with the flow and enjoy it once the music starts. However, there are fashion guidelines that apply to any concert, and ways to make sure you fit in with the crowd.



Anticipate the Fashion

Music and fashion go hand in hand. Popular artists in any genre conjure up a certain style and exemplify specific “looks.” Regardless of the venue or type of music being played at a concert, there are fundamental steps you can take to prepare an appropriate wardrobe. If the band is new to you, Internet research will help you figure out what kind of music you’ll be listening to. MySpace, YouTube and Pitchfork Media are all good resources to find examples of a musician’s songs. Get a feel for the music, and use the emotions the songs inspire in you to guide your clothing choices.
An Internet search for the performer might also yield photographs of the band or musician, themselves. Take wardrobe cues from the way the musicians dress, keeping in mind that performers often wear extreme or showy versions of fashion when performing. Do not replicate the style of the performers, but rather emulate the impression they create. If you find concert video or photographs, such as on a photo-sharing site like Flickr, scan the crowd for outfit ideas.
A quick Google image search might also yield photographs of the band or musician, themselves. Take wardrobe inspiration from the way the musicians dress, keeping in mind that performers often wear extreme or showy versions of fashion when performing. If you find concert video or photographs, scan the crowd for outfit ideas.

Keep it Comfortable

Unless the concert you’re going to is part of a culture of costumes or specific fashion rules, like punk or goth, go for comfort over fashion. Whether sitting or standing, concerts involve being in one place for extended periods of time. Ideal concert clothing is loose and easy on the body. Standing on hard floors in high heels for three to five hours will be painful, and might cause you to have to end the night early. Crowded concert floors mean smashed toes, so avoid flip flops or open-toes shoes.
Temperature is another key consideration for concert attire. Although it might be cold outside, indoor concert venues can quickly become very warm from the heat of stage lighting and crowds. Venues might not always have a coat check, so think twice about whether you will be prepared to hold a bulky overcoat for the duration of the show. Neutral clothing or light layers work well for regulating your temperature inside a concert hall. Similarly, an outdoor show on a hot day will call for cool clothing and sun protection, and an a “rain or shine” event means you might have to be prepared for some showers.

Expect the Unexpected

Any time a group of people get together to experience live music is going to be unpredictable. Although you will want to look nice for your date, avoid outfits that are easily stained, precious or fragile. Many concerts inspire dancing, sweating and spilling of drinks in their excitement. Large crowds can also endanger purses, so keep bags small and close to your body, or pare down to your essentials in your pocket. Unless you are attending a somber event, it is best to expect a moderate to high level of wear and tear on your concert attire.

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