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

Melanie wearing a tee, jacket, ripped jeans and booties |

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.

Melanie (above) opts to wear heels with her skinny jeans and denim jacket. But you could equally wear her outfit with flat booties or sneakers and still look fabulous.

Recreate her look with this similar tee, jacket, jeans, booties and earrings.

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.

Longchamp Mini Le Pliage Étoiles crossbody bag |

Longchamp Mini Le Pliage Étoiles crossbody bag

Dress according to your musical tastes

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 chic style personality. Don’t know your personality type? Take the style personality quiz.

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

Psyche wearing a moto jacket and jeans |

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.

Psyche (above) opts for beautiful burgundy.

Get her look with this Fendi handbag and this similar moto jacket, longsleeved top, jeans and mules.

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

BLANKNYC moto jacketRejina sabrina teeNobody Denim skinny jeansFrye bootieRebecca Minkoff crossbody bagNashelle hoop earrings

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

Rock concert outfit: A band tee

Choosing a concert outfit - wear a band tee |

Prince Peter graphic teeDVF pleated skirtSeychelles bootieVince Camuto crossbody bagKendra Scott drop earrings

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.

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.

Concert outfits idea - leggings & a tunic |

French Connection moto jacketAnne Klein asymmetrical topMadewell pull-on jeggingsLucky Brand bootieErrika hoop earrings

Sara (above) chooses a long tunic shirt with animal print.

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

Anything in leather

What to wear to a concert - anything in leather |

Eileen Fisher sweaterProsperity Denim paperbag pants27 Edit loaferFrye mini crossbody bagKate Spade New York stud earrings

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.

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.

Patricia wearing a check shirt, jeans and sneakers |
Concert outfits idea - checked shirt |

Jenni Kayne plaid shirtMOUSSY Vintage skinny jeansBrixton fedoraTed Baker London bootieGanni crossbody bag

Patricia (above) looks concert-ready in her checked shirt and sneakers.

Steal her look with this pair of Converse sneakers and this similar shirt, jeans, belt and crossbody bag.

Cargo pants and a draped jacket

What to wear to a concert - a cargo pants and a draped jacket |

Caslon drape knit blazerLucky Brand graphic teePAIGE jogger pantsA.S.98 sandalALLSAINTS crossbody bag

If you want an alternative to jeans, how about a pair of cargo pants, as loved by Jennifer Aniston?

You could always give them a luxe feel by adding a blazer on top for an unexpected mix of formal and casual.

What to wear to an outdoor concert: A longline cardigan

Is your next concert an indoor affair, or outside? Unless it’s the height of summer, you’ll want to make sure you’re warm as well as stylish if you’re attending an outdoor gig.

Of course, you could also keep warm by dancing!

But just in case you might feel the chill, how about choosing a long-line cardigan in an interesting print?

Tanasha wearing a longline cardigan, sweater, jeans and boots  |
What to wear to a concert - a longline cardigan |

Halogen leopard print cardiganEileen Fisher tunicHudson Jeans crop jeansSole Society pendant necklaceTopshop crossbody bagVia Spiga loafer

Tanasha (above) matches her stripes to her booties and turtleneck.

Recreate her look with this similar sweater, cardigan, jeans and boots.

A denim jacket & jumpsuit

Concert outfits idea - a denim jacket & jumpsuit |

AG denm jacketEileen Fisher jumpsuitTrask derbyVince Camuto crossbody bagKnotty drop earrings

Jeans are a go-to concert staple, but you don’t have to reserve your denim for your bottoms.

A denim jacket can look great paired with anything. Wear with black or white for a pared down look.

A blazer & jeans

Abi wearing a blazer, tee, jeans and booties |

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 and tee to add a more put-together feel to your concert outfit.

Abi (above) wears an outfit that would be more than suited to a concert, by combining a logo t-shirt with silver booties and an on-trend double-breasted blazer.

Get her look with this similar logo tee, blazer, jeans, booties and crossbody bag.

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

1.STATE blazerRag & Bone zebra print teeFRAME skinny jeansLinea Paolo flatTen79LA fringe clutch

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.

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?

What was the last concert you went to? Which of these is your favorite concert outfits?

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Feature image by Psyche

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