What To Wear To A Concert In The Winter

Coming up with concert outfit ideas is already a difficult task, trying to decide what to wear to a concert in the ‌winter‌ can be even more complicated. Here are some of our best suggestions for your next concert during the chilly months. You want to wear something that looks good but will also be functional to protect you from the cold weather. Check the weather before you leave for your concert, then dress to both impress and stay warm.

Jeans and Layers

Tip number 1: wear layers. Layers are a girl's best friend in winter, especially for attending a winter concert where you are likely to be both waiting outside in the cold and watching the show inside with heaters running. Create your outfit for the concert by layering your clothing. Try a pair of jeans with your favorite graphic tee, band tee or short sleeve t-shirt to stay cool amongst a packed crowd. For younger audiences, crop tops are trendy, especially long-sleeved shirts in the colder months. Add a mid-weight cardigan with a jean jacket, leather jacket or bomber jacket to complete the concert look.

Jeans are good for any type of concert because they can be dressed up or down according to what you pair them with. Choose your shirt or top based on what type of concert you are attending, whether it's a dressy top for a Broadway Theatre production or a plaid shirt for country music. If it's freezing outside, the layers will help to keep your body warm and when you get inside the venue you can easily remove your jacket and still have a cute outfit that won't be too warm indoors.


It's always a good rule of thumb to wear comfortable shoes to a concert. In the winter you want to make sure that those shoes are not only comfortable but that they are warm. Try wearing boots — they're made for winter wear and designed to keep your feet warmer than sneakers. Cowboy boots are a stylish alternative and the height will help keep your legs insulated. If those aren’t your style, try combat boots or rider knee-high boots. Ankle boots are an option but you should aim for at least a mid-calf shaft height. The boots will help to keep your feet and your legs warm while also being fashionable, whether worn with jeans or leggings and a dress.


When attending a concert in the winter, the accessories that you choose to carry with you are important– especially if the concert is either outside or will require you to stand outside for any length of time. First, bring a crossbody bag to easily keep all your belongs on you. Next, consider wearing a hat. Hats don't have to be frumpy or ruin your hair. You can choose a cute cowboy hat or knit beanie that complements your outfit. Wear a coordinating scarf and gloves to also keep your neck and hands warm and protected. Making these accessories a part of your outfit as another layer enhances your outfit rather than detracting from it. Take along accessories that you'll be able to, and want to wear throughout the concert.

Formal Concerts

Attending a more formal event, such as a symphony or opera, requires different concert attire. If you're heading to a fancier event and want to dress up but not be cold, consider a knee-length skirt with tights or boots and a dressy sweater, or woolen slacks with a nice blouse and full-length coat. Nice, flat boots can be worn with either option, keeping your footwear both warm and functional in the cold temperatures. Wearing lined clothing will help to keep you warm without having to wear lots of layers. Since most symphonies, operas and other more dressy concerts will have a coat check, you can wear a longer, heavier winter coat than you would normally wear and not have to worry about holding it while inside for the event. Opt for luxe fur coats or suede coats for the dressy winter concert outfit.