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Summer Concert Outfits Brainstorm!

If you were with me last year, you know music and going to shows is a HUGE part of my life.  I slacked off big time the past six months, as there were at least a half a dozen shows I wanted to go to but didn't for various reasons.  Looking to fix that ASAP!!  Since summer is on the horizon and even casual music fans are more likely to go to shows over the summer, I thought I'd both wax nostalgically and logically about what I wore last year and help you out with some pointers and such.  Dressing for concerts can be such an ordeal, so let's break it down together!

Maxi dresses:
This outfit was worn at Underground Music Showcase day 2.  You can read all about the outfit details and concert HERE.

This Folter dress was worn to the Foo Fighters.  All about this outfit HERE.
Any outdoor shows, at night, with a hint of rain, wind, or general chilliness are the shows that I'd recommend wearing maxi dresses to.  Of course pants work as well, but in my experience in the event of rain pants are more miserable to wear when you're sopping wet because they cling to you and are harder to get off upon getting home.  Plus if it's summer, chances are it's a touch warmer before the weather may turn or before nightfall, so dresses keep things cooler while staying summery too.  Maxi dress/skirts are genuinely a win/win for all weather contingencies!

Consider strapless:
This outfit is from Underground Music Showcase day 3.  Read about it HERE.
This outfit is from Westword Music Showcase.  Read all about it HERE.
Tan lines?  Of course wear sunblock when outdoors, but sometimes you get lines even then.  If you're going to be outside at festivals or neighborhood block parties, consider a bandeau, tube top, or  another strapless number to eliminate farmer's tans or wife beater tans.  (Be especially mindful of this if you're getting married in the coming months or are going to be in a wedding with dresses that will emphasize bad tan lines!!!)


This Retrolicious dress accompanied me to Joan Jett.  Read about it HERE.
This jurassic Retrolicious dress went with me to Jurassic 5.  Read about it HERE

I almost feel as those this portion of my blog post should be sponsored by Retrolicious/Folter!!!  They were easily my most worn concert attires, in part because the prints are so fun and rock and roll naturally, and because they're shorter with lighter fabrics making them perfect for summer evening events.  But all fun prints and above the knee dresses are perfect for summer concerts, so definitely take inventory of your closet now while scoping out what to wear to future clothes...or indulge in something fun from your wishlist!

For when it's raining but you're indoors...
This Voodoo Vixen number saw Geto Boys with me.  Read all about it HERE.
This bullet point isn't talked about enough!!  This was a night where tornado warnings were going off and really bad flash flooding occurred.  Going to an outdoor show in bad weather is hard enough, but what to do when you're going to have to walk from you car while being exposed to the elements while en route to an indoor and sweaty theater??  I wore all black as to not have a "girls gone wild" situation should I get rained on, and wore minimal make up (just foundation) so it wouldn't smudge and put my hair in braids to eliminate frizzing or creative drying (my hair genuinely doesn't know if it's straight or curly, so different sections take different sides if left to it's own devices).

Final thoughts:
  • Wear flats.  Preferably with ankle support.  But if you're a rebel like me and wear heels sometimes to shows, wear shoes that you know from experience treat your feet well.  (Hot tip: wedges tend to be better than pumps).
  • Wear handbags that fit your needs.  Simple and small over the shoulder bags are best, but if you're getting a tee shirt, need to store a cardigan, or are going to be storing some of your friend's goods, bigger isn't bad if it's not too big.  
  • Keep your style and keep it comfortable.  You're not the musician on stage, so you don't need to dress the part in an elaborate getup.  Have fun, but keep it relatively simple.  

I've recently added two pages to this blog, one that catalogues posts named after songs and another that catalogues all of the concert stories.  Click the links on to see for yourself!  Happy Friday!

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  1. I am OBSESSED with that rainbow maxi dress! Also loving the fun little white dress with teal accessories!

  2. C00l chic outfits. Have a great weekend.
    Xo, Christianne

  3. Lauren, you are one festival/concert expert! Before, I would spend so much time thinking of what to wear for a concert, but now I'll have your post to guide me!
    Thanks for sharing this!


  4. Love the foo fighters look! And I see your heart shaped sunnies! So cute :)

    xx Yasmin

  5. I love the sounds of summer! Totally excited to enjoy the music fests and concerts offered during the warm months! Loving your looks, I wore a maxi skirt and crop top to a Rob Thomas show last summer at this well-known concert venue in the Chicago area called "Ravinia." I posted what I wore here!

    Thanks for the inspo!!

    All the Cute
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  6. Great post!

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  8. These tips are awesome! You're making me super excited for festival season -- apparently Chicago is big on that ;). My hair also can't decide whether it's curly or straight, so I feel your pain.

  9. I'm in love with all these looks!!

    Adi xx

  10. I love that white dress with the teal accents! Beautiful. Maxi dresses are perfect because they keep your legs warm. Great tip!

  11. I love the strapless white dress. It looks so great on you :) x

  12. So fun! Your concert style is so fresh and amazing! Comfortable and definitely your style. I adore the first maxi dress! Hope you're having a fantastic weekend!


  13. I love love ur mint bag with that gorgeous white dress! I really love the way strapless dresses look, but I always find them so uncomfortable to wear haha. Either way, I will definitely sacrifice comfort for style:p hahaha

  14. Hello, Lauren Blair! I know how important concerts are for you! Music is really so good, so important! I loved your suggestions, especially about flats with some ankle support. I loved a pair of tab flats you wore, with crossed straps! And maxi dresses, I simply love them, and the first one is really a dream! I am back after some time living out of a suitcase, and now more settle, good to visit your blog again! Hope you go to many concerts this year, I am sure you will! Wishing you a nice Sunday!

  15. These are all great ideas for outfits to wear to different venues. I am obsessed with your rainbow dress! Your mint and hot pink bags are super duper adorable as well. You look so happy in all of your photos. So, glad you are having fun and things are going well.

  16. those dress are superb!!

  17. Fabulous looks! I can count on one hand the number of concerts I've been to in my lifetime (and that despite endlessly adoring music), so I don't have any cool looks like to share myself. Hopefully one day! Your rainbow hued dress in particular took my breath away. I'm the biggest fan of rainbow-y garments. Thank you for sharing these awesome outfits with us.

    ♥ Jessica

  18. I remember loving that colorful maxi on you. You've got the outdoor concert dressing thing down.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  19. Lovely outfits! I'm also a big music fan and love going to concerts and events where there's music. It's always a fun time!

  20. This is such a clever post and super helpful. I don't go to concerts often but when I do I'm always in a flap about what to wear! Great post lovely xx

  21. You look amazing in all these looks

    Hope you had a great weekend beautiful

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

  22. Beautiful outfits! Looks so stylish!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  23. All of these dresses are so cute! I love your style

  24. Lovely selection of dresses, dear ;)

    Mónica Sors

  25. You gave amazing advices, Lauren, especially I like your tip to wear flats during concerts, because it's really important to focus on show instead of uncomfortable shoes! :)

  26. You look so beautiful in all these outfits! The strapless maxi dress in the first look is my favorite!


  27. Love all of the stylish looks! But my favorite are #1 (that maxi dress is gorge) and #3

  28. OMG are we getting ready for summer already :/
    Yukova Blog

  29. Great options and tips for the footwear. Loved the maxi dress styles. Gemma x

  30. I love this post, Lauren, you look gorgeous in all of these looks, but my favorites would have to be the strapless ones, so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!



  31. My favourite has to be the white off shoulder dress! You look drop dead gorgeous and fresh out of a 70's editorial!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  32. Love all your outfits! The first two are my faves!!


  33. I usually only go to one or two concerts a year, if even but I never know what to wear! After reading your post I'll definitely be reaching for a cute dress :) I'll also need to remember to bring a bigger bag because my stuff usually ends up on the floor :/


  34. Such a pretty looks and especially I like first one, I think you look stunning!

  35. That rainbow dress makes me extremely happy every time I see it! :D It's so pretty!!!

  36. Such great tips all of these! You have hit the nail on the head! <3


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