Headed to Coachella? You'll Want to Steal These Easy Outfit Ideas

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Thanks to events like Coachella, going to a concert is just as much about the attendees' concert outfits as it is about the music. Celebrities, in particular, lean heavily into festival fashion, as demonstrated by concerts veterans like Kendall Jenner and boho queen Vanessa Hudgens, and the proof is in the photos. If you’ve already dished out the money for the ticket, the thing on your prep list should be sorting out what to wear to a concert.

Picking out the perfect concert look can be tricky. You’ll have to determine the vibe of the venue and the artist, while also staying comfortable and prepared for weather changes. You might be wondering if it's too much to wear cowboy boots to a country show. Should you risk wearing your brand new sneakers to a concert at an outdoor venue? What if it rains? On top of that, there are so many festival trends that it’s hard to figure out which ones are worth playing around with — tie-dye, bucket hats, kimonos, bandanas, funky sunglasses, flared jeans, crochet, ahh!

If you’re frantically Googling “how should I dress for a concert” because you have last-minute tickets for a show this weekend, scroll down to find the best concert outfit based on the type of artist you’re seeing, whether it’s rap, country, or pop. If you’re just brainstorming, keep reading because we have a guide full of outfit inspo that's broken down by genre to help you nail the aesthetic of every music festival, stadium tour, and underground show you might be attending.

These style ideas feel fresh, are easy to dance in, and will look great on Instagram. So pack your polaroid camera and a portable charger or two (can’t have that phone dying in the middle of Harry Styles’ set) and let’s do a little concert outfit shopping.

For an Outdoor Concert

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Photo credit: Marc Piasecki - Getty Images

This year's Coachella lineup includes Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, and The Weeknd, so the 'fit has to be good. And we can't forget about Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Stagecoach – get ready because festival season 2022 is coming in HOT. You'll want to bring a fanny pack or crossbody bag stocked with necessities like a water bottle, bandaids, backup sunglasses, and shoes that are ready for rain or dust. Festival favorites like matching crochet sets, hot pants, and fringe leather jackets are always acceptable, but if you're looking for a failproof fashion formula, look no further than Bella Hadid.

The model went for funky graphic jeans paired with a comfy knit bralette and stacked a see-through Louis Vuitton tank over her top. Layers are essential when the concerts are outside, and, a knit bralette is such a staple that you'll reach for it again and again even after festival season is over.

For a Rap Concert

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Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

Headed to a rap concert? Steal some inspo from the ultimate rap GF Megan Fox, who loves a good dress-up moment. Feel free to keep things low-key with your favorite cargo pants and a crop top with a slouchy bomber jacket. If you want to go for a true Fashion Girl moment, look for something more polished like Megan's ’70s suit and bra top combo. And if it's too hot out for pants, there's no shame in a short suit (just look at what Kristin Stewart wore to the 2022 Grammy Awards.)

If you’re feeling adventurous, go for an animal print inspired by Megan Fox’s concert look when MGK was performing in Brazil.

For a Pop Concert

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Photo credit: Hollywood To You/Star Max - Getty Images

Olivia Rodrigo might be blessing the Sour Tour stage with corsets and fishnet gloves, but we love her off-duty style as inspo for your next pop concert outfit. A Y2K tank top and your favorite midi skirt is the perfect comfy-but-cute duo, and topping it off with layered necklaces and intricate double french braids will make it look like you put in a lot of time styling your 'fit.

Another thing Olivia did right? Her snug Doc Martens are the perfect shoe if you're going to be standing on your feet all night. We won’t dissuade you from wearing a heel if that’s what you feel best in but make sure they’re shoes you’ll be able to dance the night away in.

For a Classic Rock Concert

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

Break out your favorite extra-long tee (or cop one from your dad for a true vintage moment) and take a cue from Hailey Bieber, who styled her oversized Aaliyah shirt as a mini dress. The model wore slouchy combat boots and sheer fishnet tights under her T-shirt dress and finished off the look with some gold and silver jewelry. Yes, you can mix the two!

If you don't typically dress in a very grungey aesthetic, it's easy to tap into the rock n' roll vibe with this foolproof equation: graphic tee + leather + vintage-looking shades. It works every time.

For an EDM Concert

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Photo credit: Hollywood To You/Star Max - Getty Images

Don't know what to wear for an EDM concert? Just Google Bella Thorne – that girl dresses like her life is one long EDM show. Bella's all-black ensemble consists of a black bustier top, black elbow-length gloves, black denim cut-off shorts, and thigh-high sparkly boots, and it's a perfect mix to recreate for your next concert 'fit.

Lights will be flashing, music will be blasting, so don't be afraid to bring on the bling! Whether you like rainbow stripes or you prefer to wear neutral colors, there's a sparkly outfit out there for everyone. Reach for oversized barrettes and layered necklaces as a finishing touch.

For a Country Concert

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Photo credit: MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

If this were 2012, you probably would've gone for a floral dress and cowboy boots a la "Teardrops on My Guitar"-era Taylor Swift. But fashion has changed a lot in the past decade, and cowboy boots are now loved by street style stars and country rockers alike. If you're not feeling like going full-on cowboy, we suggest taking the denim-on-denim route for an OOTD that feels a little more updated.

Accessorize with a big statement belt, a mini purse, and a pixie-style updo (Megan Fox recently debuted a Tinkerbell hairstyle that's it's perfect for keeping your hair out of the way) and you'll be ready to go.

For an Indie Concert

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Photo credit: MEGA - Getty Images

Since smaller, more underground artists tend to go for performances with a more laid-back vibe, have fun playing with more indie styles and experimental color schemes. This is the time to show off your merch in a subtle-but-cool way, like pairing an artist's tee with Bella’s rust leather blazer and matching bohemian sunnies.

Another angle to take with your outfit is to play with unique textures, like this Madewell jacket that's great for chillier venues. Patchwork, soft leather, earthy tones, and vintage accessories are all perfect to wear to an indie concert. Festival pro tip: Don't forget your film camera!

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