This summer I went to A LOT of concerts. In the months of May up to the present alone I attended 9 One Direction shows, Sam Smith twice, Ed Sheeran twice, Marc Broussard, Ray Lamontagne, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, and New Kids on the Block – just to name a few! That, combined with my love of fashion, creates a need for a LOT of different outfits. All except three of these shows were held in outdoor venues in the middle of the summer which created an added challenge as well.
I get asked quite a bit how I pick my outfits for various shows. It really depends on the climate, the type of show, where your seats are, and what you feel like that day but a few constants for me are it has to stand out in some way, it has to reflect my style and it has to fit your venue.
Below lets take a look at a snapshot of some of my favorite summer concert selections.
This particular outfit was at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena California. I had three boiling hot nights there where the temps hit over 100 degrees every day and the humidity was out of control. I went with a custom tank top featuring one of my favorite boys and added a purple bandage skirt to add something special to the outfit. The top started out as a t-shirt and I cut the neck, the back and the sleeves to fit my style a bit better.
Miami, Florida – another HOT and humid locale. This was my most recent show and by this time I have learned the lesson that jewelery plus humidity = NOT FUN. Because of this I was so delighted to finally get a few packages of Flash tattoos. I have been a fan of these for over a year and finally made my order and I am so grateful I did – they help add pops of glamour and jewels to your look without having to sweat and ruin your favorite pieces. They go on just like regular temporary tattoos and come off the same way. Each package has PAGES of sheets with unique designs so this will add fun and flashiness to any outfit for a long time to come.
Ah, yet another outdoor venue. For this one, I decided to let my love of Karl Lagerfeld speak for itself and wore my prized tank top with him. I paired Uncle Karl with some bright hot pink shorts, a skinny leopard belt, and a black and gold statement necklace. This was beyond comfortable and one of my favorites as it was really fashionable but also quite a standout in a crowd.
I went a little dressier at this show because 1. I was RIGHT HERE AT THE CATWALK!! and 2. it was a special Irish someones birthday and it’s not a birthday without a party dress! I loved this one for the bright color again and also the material – it was made entirely of a lightweight scuba material. Because the dress was so neon (seriously, it doesn’t even translate. this was like a highlighter!) I had only a single flash tattoo on my arm with it as the dress definitely did the talking on its own.
This was a fabulous choice for the overwhelming humidity of the Rose Bowl. The dress is an extremely breezy fabric with a small cutout in the back and tank straps. I didn’t have to wear a bra with it and for me, that is 90% of my convincing right there. The sandals were simple and comfortable but gold to add just a bit of my signature metal. Again you’ll notice no necklace or bracelets – in a situation like this less is more but the sandals and cutout details on the back of the dress show you don’t have to sacrifice style for sweating.
This look was something I wore to the Greek Theatre to see Sam Smith. I went with mustard yellow and wanted to pair it with some kind of leopard (one of my favorite combinations) but was also feeling nostalgic for one of my very first summer concert memories – the boys of Hanson. This tee shirt was actually purchased in 1997 back in their prime and I have held on to it as a coveted possession ever since. The wedges have leopard straps so I was able to add my pop of print and the waistline of the skirt has a nice and subtle gold line in it.
There were more outfits and more shows and lots more coming up but these were definitely some of my favorites.
Do you find it hard to style yourself for warm weather shows? What about concerts in general? Find ways to incorporate your personal sense of style into each outfit and you can’t go wrong no matter where your destination is!