Rocking the proper concert attire

04-01-09 Concert pop
Pop concert attire Photo By Jillian Sloan
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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Concerts are a welcome escape from the everyday life of school and work. There’s great music, interesting people to meet and mingle with and plenty of alcohol to ease away any worries. But in order to make the concert experience a memorable one, proper concert attire is required. Below is a guide of what to do and not to do as well as a brief slideshow of sample outfits that work for specific genres of music.

Do – Wear sneakers or close toed-shoes.
Nothing is worse than rocking out to a great song and then losing that comfortable pair of flip-flops in the crowd. Or worse yet, getting broken toes from someone stepping on your feet. Sandals are just not a smart concert accessory.

High heels come in a close second for bad footwear to wear to a concert. It’s hard to enjoy the show if your feet start aching from standing in high heels for two hours. Do your feet a favor, just wear sneakers.

Don’t – Wear the t-shirt of the band you are about to see.
This may seem like a silly rule but there are some good reasons why. First, everybody knows you like the band, so there’s really no reason to highlight that factor. Why would you be there if you didn’t like them?
Second, by not wearing the band’s shirt in the first place, you gain the opportunity to support the band you like by buying a brand new shirt. Then it would be appropriate to wear the shirt in support of their current tour.

Third, there is the possibility of jinxing the band by wearing an old shirt. Sounds superstitious, but it has happened before.
“A friend of mine wore a Megadeth shirt to one of their shows years ago. Not long after that performance, Dave Mustaine (lead singer) broke his hand and the band took a long break. Luckily, his hand healed and they came back,” Marc Ciccarone says, a recent ASU graduate.

Do – Pay attention to the weather forecast for outdoor concerts.
Arizona’s weather can be a bit fickle sometimes. One day it is sunny and 80 degrees outside and the next day it’s cloudy with a chance of rain. Dressing according to the weather can make or break a concert experience.
If it’s the middle of July, chances are it’s going to be hot and very sunny out. Wear sunscreen to avoid a painful sunburn the next day, a light t-shirt or tank top and a hat and sunglasses to avoid the glare of the Arizona sun.

Fall and winter concerts tend to have some chill in the air. Wear a light coat or sweatshirt that can be taken off if it starts to get too warm.

Spring concerts may bring a chance of rain. Bring a poncho or wear a water-proof coat with a hood that will protect you from the elements.

Don’t – Be too flamboyant or wear something that will attract negative attention.

Concerts bring together a plethora of people. To ensure harmony during the show, be cautious of what you choose to wear. A Bret Michaels type outfit may cause some ridicule from fellow concert goers. Over the top, rocker style attitude is only becoming on a true rock star.

Ridicule or unwanted comments can also occur when wearing a scanty outfit or shirt with a controversial picture or saying. Heavy drinking sometimes goes hand in hand with concerts. Don’t become a victim to someone’s drunken stupor by wearing a red-flag outfit.

Reach the reporter at Theresa.dillon@asu.edu.