Do you love live music, but struggle with what to wear to a concert? In this article you will find plenty of inspiration for concert outfits for women over 40, which are hip without looking like you are trying too hard to be trendy.

And if you’re not going to a concert any time soon, these outfits are great for many other occasions where you can to look youthful and hip.

Just because you are 40, 50, 60, or any age above that, it doesn’t mean that you lose your love of music. Far from it, you probably have a much more eclectic musical taste now than when you were in your teens or 20s.

However, dressing to go to a concert or live music gig can be one of the trickiest events to put together an outfit for, particularly if there are also likely to be lots of younger people there.

You don’t want to look as if you are trying to dress like women who are decades younger. Nor do you want to look frumpy or “fuddy duddy” when putting together concert outfits.

If you are lucky enough to be going to see your favorite band or act soon, or you are perhaps taking children or grandchildren to see an artist they love, here are some ideas on what to wear.

I’d also love to hear from you about what the last concert was you went to see and what you wore. You can let me know in the comments below this article.

Tips for dressing for a concert

Before getting into specific outfit suggestions, let’s take a look at what to consider when dressing for a concert:

Comfort is key for concert outfits

Concert outfits - Psyche in denim and feathers |

It goes without saying that you don’t want to be uncomfortable anywhere you go.

But, while you might be able to get away with high heels if you are sitting down to dinner, dancing at a concert may be a different matter.

Of course, if you are comfortable in heels, then go for it, particularly if you will be sitting for part of the night.

Psyche above shows that edgy boots can be perfect for a concert.

Recreate her outfit with this similar denim shirt, skirt, bag and lace-up boots.

Kenneth Cole REACTION Side Way Ankle Boot |

Kenneth Cole REACTION side way ankle boot

A crossbody bag

You will likely need to take a bag with you. How else are you going to buy refreshments without your purse?

To keep your hands free, it’s best to opt for a crossbody bag. You can also put this in front of your body if you are worried about security.

Fossil Fiona Small Crossbody Bag |

Fossil Fiona small crossbody bag

Dress according to your musical tastes

Concert outfits - Melanie wears jeans and a tee |

Just as everyone has a different style personality, everyone likes different music.

You won’t want to wear the same outfit for a rock concert, for example, as you might to a country music gig.

However, if in doubt, it’s always a good idea to take inspiration from the rock chick style personality. Don’t know your personality type? Take the style personality quiz.

Melanie @melanie.rae.miller above keeps her look casual while adding on-trend elements with her wide shoulder muscle tee and by slinging her fanny pack across her chest.

Check out this similar sleeveless tee, jeans, sneakers and fanny pack.

Concert outfits – 9 ideas for you to choose from

Now that you’re thinking in general terms about what you would wear to a concert, here are some more specific concert outfit ideas for you:

Concert outfit ideas: A moto jacket and jeans

What to wear to a concert: The best concert outfits for women over 40 |

An obvious one, I know, but sometimes the old ideas are the best ones.

If you’re really stuck on what to wear, then a pair of jeans with a leather jacket is really a no-brainer.

You may find, however, that black leather looks harsh against your skin as you get older.

You could, instead, opt for a softer or brighter shade, which will help you stand out from the crowd.

Or, you could always add a bright red lip to add color if you do want to stick to black.

Fonda @savvysouthernchic above wears a moto jacket with her ripped jeans and booties.

Get her look with this similar tee, moto jacket, jeans, booties and backpack.

What to wear to a concert - a moto jacket and jeans |

BLANKNYC suede moto jacketLARACE tunic topAG high waist skinny jeansDunes moto bootFossil Fiona small crossbody bag

There is more inspiration in this article on the best leather jackets for women over 40.

Rock concert outfit: A band tee

Yes, it’s a cliche, but not all cliches are bad.

If you love a band or artist and you are going to see them, or an artist of the same genre, why not wear a band t-shirt?

If you want to add a touch of the unexpected to your outfit, you could always wear your t-shirt with a skirt rather than as the expected jeans and tee combination.

Choosing a concert outfit - wear a band tee |

Urban CoCo open front blazerBon Jovi Keep the Faith T-shirtKate Kasin pleated skirtDunes moto bootFossil Fiona small crossbody bagKLFrogPond long tassel drop earrings

Outfits to wear to a concert: Leggings & a tunic

Sara wearing a tunic dress and leggings |

You obviously want to be comfortable when you attend a concert, and leggings are definitely one of the most comfortable things you can wear.

I’d choose a longer top or tunic if you are choosing leggings. For added interest, I’m sure you know by now that I’m a huge fan of asymmetry.

Be sure to check out all my tips on how to wear leggings.

Sara above chooses a long tunic shirt with animal print leggings.

Recreate her look with this similar tunic dress, leggings, booties and bag.

Concert outfits idea - leggings & a tunic |

Karen Millen suede moto biker jacket (similar here) – Esenchel V-Neck swing tunic topCommando faux leather leggingsDunes moto bootFossil Fiona small crossbody bagKLFrogPond long tassel drop earrings

A checked shirt

Checks are a country staple as well as having a nod to rock style. So, they should be a good option for concerts of many musical genres.

Concert outfits idea - checked shirt |

Ninedaily 3/4 sleeve plaid shirtAG high waist skinny jeansDunes moto bootFrye zip crossbody bagKLFrogPond long tassel drop earrings

Anything in leather

Nikki in a leather blazer |

Of course, leather is the ubiquitous choice when it comes to a concert. You could opt for a leather moto, a leather skirt, pants, top or dress.

And, of course, you don’t have to choose real leather if you would prefer not to. You could always opt for faux leather and still get a similar look.

Nikki @40notfrumpy above teams her leather blazer with matching boots.

Steal her look with this similar tee, leather jacket, jeans, boots and necklace.

What to wear to a concert - anything in leather |

HieasyFit cotton turtleneck topSweatyRocks wrap midi leather skirtAerosoles slip-on loaferTrendeology leopard crossbody bagKarine Sultan drop earrings


If you want to stay comfy during your concert, but you also want to look elegant, you could choose a jumpsuit. Pair with a moto jacket to look a little more casual or choose a blazer for a more formal look.

Concert outfits idea - a jumpsuit |

Karen Millen suede moto biker jacket (similar here) – Dickies coverallDunes moto bootFrye zip crossbody bagKnotty drop earrings

cozy poncho

Sometimes, concerts can be really warm if you’re indoors with lots of people, but you may also be attending outdoor events. That’s where layering your knits can come in handy to ensure you stay cozy. Opt for a turtleneck and a poncho.

Concert outfits idea - cozy poncho |

MELIFLUOS DESIGNED IN SPAIN Women’s wrap poncho ruanaKLOTHO turtleneck topSPANX faux leather jogger pantsAerosoles slip-on loaferFrye zip crossbody bag

boyfried jeans

Deborah in jeans and peep-toe booties |

What is your favorite jeans style? You can, of course, wear the jeans that flatter you best. You’ll find inspiration in this article on how to wear jeans for women over 40.

One option is Jennifer Aniston’s favorite – the boyfriend jean. Wear with a blazer or draped jacket and sneakers or booties. Turn up your jeans to show off a little ankle.

Deborah @deborahgates_ above (read her style interview here) wears her jeans with peep toe booties.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sleeveless top, jeans, peep toe shoes, necklace and bracelets.

What to wear to a concert - a pair of boyfriend jeans |

Anne Klein drape front jacket (similar: here) – Daydreamer graphic tee (similar: here) – AG boyfriend slim jeansVans low top sneakerFossil Fiona small crossbody bag

blazer & utility pants

The key to a stylish outfit can often be mixing casual and more formal, or new with old.

You could opt for a blazer worn over your jeans or utility pants and tee or shirt to add a more put-together feel to your concert outfit.

What to wear to a concert - blazer & utility jeans |

Urban CoCo open front blazerHotouch basic button down shirt – BP. denim utility pants (similar here) – Vans low top sneakerTrendeology leopard crossbody bagKnotty drop earrings

There are plenty of ways you could put together all of the clothes, shoes and accessories featured above.

You will see below that you could switch around many of these outfits and they would still work wonderfully.

For instance, you could wear the leather moto jacket with the band tee and skirt. or you could team the checked shirt with the leather pants.

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

Your concert capsule outfits all together

Below, you can see all the outfits together in one capsule. You can mix and match the tops and bottoms to get more outfit combinations.

A capsule wardrobe on what to wear a concert |

shop some of the items above here:

Below, you can see a previous capsule. While past season, the looks are timeless so should still provide you with plenty of concert-going inspiration.

A capsule wardrobe on what to wear a concert |

Continue reading:

  1. A Style Guide And Capsule Wardrobe For The ROCK Style Personality
  2. A Style Guide And Capsule Wardrobe For The STREET / URBAN Style Personality
  3. How To Dress After 40 And Look Hip?

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Feature image by Fonda @savvysouthernchic


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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