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Shaymin770
06-27-2011, 02:55 PM
Hello! As some of you may know, there will be a Vocaloid concert in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, I will not be going considering it is two states away. However, this leads me to hope that maybe one day there will be a concert here in Seattle.
But anyway, basically, my question is: How do you dress for a concert? I have never been to one. Do people cosplay? Or do you just wear a T-shirt with the singer(s)/band in it?
If people cosplay, I'm thinking I could wear my Rin or Len cosplay if there's a concert in Seattle. But if not, I think I would just wear a Vocaloid T-shirt.
Thank you for any answers! :)

rubyspitfire
06-27-2011, 03:32 PM
depends on the concert. for something like that i think cosplay would be appropriate. i generally go to rock and metal concerts, so i wear a lot of black (it doesn't show stains) and generally clothes i don't care too much about since there's a chance they'll get torn up in the mosh pit. steel toed boots are a must for me no matter what, just so my feet don't get crushed

The Hag
06-27-2011, 03:38 PM
For the kinds of shows that I like to go to mobility is key. Thus my standard ensemble is: Chucks, jeans with ID and $20 in a pocket and keys on a belt loop, t-shirt, sports bra, bandana and, if it's winter, a coat that I can tie around my waist.

RickyFromVegas
06-27-2011, 03:42 PM
Many venues lately won't allow metal objects on a clothing, such as stud belts, etc.
Besides that, you're good to go in any type of clothing.

Just remember that there are many people gathered in a small space, so your best attire would be a light, cool clothing.

Don't wear your expensive, fragile clothes you save for special occasions as it might get dirtied or in extreme cases, destroyed.

fullbleed
06-27-2011, 05:46 PM
Yep really depends on the concert.
I generally try to dress light, I'd rather be cold outside than sweating buckets during the gig. I sometimes wear a tshirt of the band I'm seeing or a band similar or that I know the band likes.
Comfortable shoes are a must, converse just arent good enough-too thin.
Not too much in my pockets, only essentials that I know wont fall out.
I try to avoid wearing hats now, it pisses off people behind and its another thing to lose (or have nicked). Unless it's outside that is, if I'm at a festival I need hat to be standing outside in the sun all day.

Shaymin770
06-27-2011, 06:34 PM
Okay! Thank you all!
I think if they ever come to Seattle, I'll just wear a Vocaloid T-shirt, some shorts, and my sneakers. That should be comfortable enough :)

JasonTerror
06-27-2011, 06:59 PM
personally having gone to over 200 concerts myself..i wear normal clothes to any concert..but then again vocaloid isnt the style of music i go and see..cosplay may work for this..since its more along the same lines..but dont wear one if u think at all it may rip..unless u wanna sew it back up..

penny_dreadful
06-28-2011, 08:38 AM
Last concert I went to was a Halloween show, so I thought I'd be clever and dress up. I went in a corset and heels. I did not make it through the entire show, much to the lasting chagrin of my husband, who missed both a cover of "War Pigs" and balloons dropping from the ceiling during "Double Rainbow".

What I learned: concerts are not a fashion show. No one there has come to look at you. Be comfortable, be safe, and just enjoy the show.

Mesoian
06-28-2011, 09:03 AM
Okay! Thank you all!
I think if they ever come to Seattle, I'll just wear a Vocaloid T-shirt, some shorts, and my sneakers. That should be comfortable enough :)

...A word of fashion consciousness, and quoting the words of the great Jeremy Piven, "Do you really wanna be the guy who goes to the concert wearing the t-shirt of the band that's playing?"

Don't be that guy.

Other than that, it depends on what the concert is but over all, dress for comfort. The last 2 concerts I went to (Mos Def and Aesop Rock), there were girls who decided to wear designer outfits in a venue that only sort of fits 500. They ended up overheating and had to be carried out before the show was over.

Be comfortable, look good, and aim to have as much fun as possible.

Oh, and wear comfortable shoes. It's gotten to the point where I don't want to stand for 3 hours before the opening band even starts tuning because you have a great position, but it really sucks if you decide to wear something like timbs or shitkickers (or, in the case of the opposite gender, heels or platforms or shelltoes). Sneakers, a good pair of running shoes, something that you can stand in for a long amount of time.

leeleeleelee
06-28-2011, 10:12 AM
Because of the music scene in Dallas, I normally wear something that I don't mind getting dirty. So, normally just some old, obscure band shirt, some worn out, tight jeans, 10 eye steel toe docs, and a ratty hat. Also, I dress this way so I won't get mugged (again) or get hassled while walking the 4 blocks from the parking lot to the venue.

Rose of Battle
06-28-2011, 03:10 PM
I'm boring. I just throw on a shirt and some jeans. XD And always sneakers. I've only ever been to one sit-down concert and we all ended up standing anyway.

ShinobiXikyu
06-28-2011, 03:19 PM
I'm the sort who takes any excuse to dress up she can get, because there's not a lot of it where I live. Though I don't get to go to many concerts (for the record, its either metal/non-mainstream music or video game music for concerts I go to). My last one, Video Games Live, was pro-cosplay, so I dressed up and had a blast. Before that, I went to see Alice Cooper, and had a handmade Alice Cooper t-shirt, and his makeup style (specifically I did his "Killer"-era eye points instead of the big lash-lines).

...I just don't get people who wear band t-shirts of OTHER bands to concerts. How effing stupid is that?

leeleeleelee
06-28-2011, 03:55 PM
...I just don't get people who wear band t-shirts of OTHER bands to concerts. How effing stupid is that?

Actually, in my experience, there is stigma against the opposite of that: wearing the band's shirt to (http://lifeonthec-bus.blogspot.com/2007/08/rules-of-concert-t-shirt-etiquette.html) their (http://www.eachnotesecure.com/the-concert-t-shirt-etiquette-guide/) concert. (http://dappered.com/2011/04/style-debate-wearing-a-bands-t-shirt-to-their-concert/)

fullbleed
06-28-2011, 04:04 PM
I'm the sort who takes any excuse to dress up she can get, because there's not a lot of it where I live. Though I don't get to go to many concerts (for the record, its either metal/non-mainstream music or video game music for concerts I go to). My last one, Video Games Live, was pro-cosplay, so I dressed up and had a blast. Before that, I went to see Alice Cooper, and had a handmade Alice Cooper t-shirt, and his makeup style (specifically I did his "Killer"-era eye points instead of the big lash-lines).

...I just don't get people who wear band t-shirts of OTHER bands to concerts. How effing stupid is that?

Well whats the point in wearing a tee of the band you seeing either? Part of the reason why you wear band tees to show people what music you like, if you're at their concert its obvious that you're a fan of them, you don't need to wear their merch to tell everyone that. The band's probably not gonna care either if you're wearing one of their shirts.

And I wore a HEALTH tee to a Crystal Castles concert one time. While it may have been a different band it's a band that has a very close relationship to Crystal Castles, I've seen them tour together, they're worked on songs together, released split EPs. I wanted to show my support for their music but I also wanted to stand out from others, only decicated fans would probably have recognised the link.

But personally I don't care what band tee you wear, doesn't bother me I think its fine actually to wear the band's own tee to their gig. And I think it's fine to wear other band's stuff to other gigs, so long as it makes sense and they're similar bands. You wouldn't wear a Biber tee to a NIN concert, unless you major balls or something.

But the most ridiculous thing I ever saw was a band member wearing their own merch, and what's worse is that it was a picture of their own face! Come on! Hipster bands eh?

ShinobiXikyu
06-28-2011, 04:09 PM
Obviously the band wouldn't care, because you'd be barely visible if at all. I figure you wear a band t-shirt to a concert forthe same reason you'd wear a cosplay to a con; you're a fan, and you're showing your dedication at the best place to show it. ...so why would you show your dedication to a DIFFERENT band when you're obviously not seeing them? (And usually, it IS a completely unrelated band when I see it. Like a Sum 41 t-shirt at an Alice Cooper concert...wtf is the relationship there?) Makes zero sense to me.

fullbleed
06-28-2011, 04:24 PM
Actually, in my experience, there is stigma against the opposite of that: wearing the band's shirt to (http://lifeonthec-bus.blogspot.com/2007/08/rules-of-concert-t-shirt-etiquette.html) their (http://www.eachnotesecure.com/the-concert-t-shirt-etiquette-guide/) concert. (http://dappered.com/2011/04/style-debate-wearing-a-bands-t-shirt-to-their-concert/)

Wow, I never knew being told exactly what you can and can not wear was so rock and roll!

You know what fuck it, fuck that and fuck everyone else. People should just wear what ever they want. If you're seriously being judged for wearing a band's own tee to their gig then fuck those guys, what does it matter to them? Nothing, it's not going to spoil anyone's experience of the concert unless something is wrong with them.

I mean listen to this shit.
"7. You may not wear a new concert t-shirt for 2 weeks (especially the next day) "

Err no. Fuck you. I'll wear what I bloody well like! Outside of the gig especially. Like hell am I waiting 2 fucking weeks to wear a poxy t-shirt?!

There are benefits to wearing the band's own tee, on the way to the gig you can spot who's going. You can chat to them, talk to them about the band ect. You wouldn't be able to be able to do that if you didn't recognise the band shirt eh? ;) I was meeting up with some people from online a while ago to see a band in Camden, we were meeting outside the tubestation and I'd have had no chance of spotting them if they weren't wearing... you guessed it... THE BAND T-SHIRTS OF THE BAND WE WERE SEEING.

ShinobiXikyu
06-28-2011, 04:29 PM
LOL. Guess it's a good thing I don't go to more concerts, then, if the audience has now turned into a bunch of cliquey lolita-esque (I say that because of all those infamous strict rules in the fashion) "fans".

junrey45
07-22-2011, 12:25 AM
I think you would be best off wearing a pair of etnies with black jeans or washed out jeans and a bright red dressy shirt. A pair of fancy red earings and some jewelery to top it off. And a bit of makeup. For the last touch wear a warm, stylish jacket and you'll be good to go and impress!

supergeekgirl
07-28-2011, 11:43 AM
I used to go to more concerts, but nowadays, I mainly go to free wizard rock concerts.

When I was a kid going to concerts, it was often because my dad was running sound, and I didn't care about the group/singer. Sometimes, I got into bands and singers BECAUSE of the concerts my dad ran sound for.
Then again, most of the bands I liked at the time were either dead or broken up. Heheh. Or Weird Al. In which case, I went to four or his concerts and dressed up as insanely as I could (the last one, I even got to meet him and came away with his compliments on my getup). Now that I've been getting into steampunk bands, I'll probably go to their shows in steampunk wear (guess I'm square or something). So far, I've been seeing their shows at cons where I'm already dressed up.

I go all out when going to wizard rock shows. Once, I went as full-on Snape, and everyone loved it. Usually, I dress like a young wizard trying to dress like a muggle punk (mismatched pieces of Slytherin green with some HP merch thrown in for good measure).

As for what I saw a lot when traveling with my dad - people in jeans and t-shirts (often the band's shirt, sorry to say to the elitists). This was pretty much the same across country, rock, oldies, whatever shows. Of course, with the country singers, you were more likely to have the people in flannel or cowboy boots (yeah, people still wear 'em). I guess it just depends on the subculture that likes the band. Dress how they dress if you want to fit in. Dress in something wild if you want attention.

eBay Sniper
07-30-2011, 12:08 PM
I'm going to throw in my latest concert experience here. When I saw Dragonforce in LA in 09, I totally cosplayed my White Mage from Final Fantasy. What was awesome was that I was actually being recognized by other concert goers and given a lot of good compliments.

~BloodCaduceus~
08-11-2011, 08:18 PM
I've been to MANY concerts, but I keep a few things common.

First of all, I don't wear ANYTHING I am afraid of breaking/being lost/stolen, ect. It's not worth the risk, no matter how great it looks.

Second, I try NOT to carry a purse or any kind of bag, as that may get stolen or pick-pocketed.

Clothing-wise, I wear something relating to the performer I want to see. For heavy metal concerts, I wear T-shirts with the band's name on it, and I tend to go crazy with special effects makeup (like doing a logo or design from their albums).

For a concert like Video Games Live, yes, I cosplay, but with consideration for those around me. I don't carry large props, wear bulky costumes, or tall heels that could cause me to block someone else's view.

XxChibiArtistxX
08-11-2011, 08:38 PM
I usually just wear a tank top, jeans/jean shorts and some comfy sneakers ^^ I like to look awesome without overheating XD

StrawberrySiren
08-11-2011, 09:00 PM
I don't dress up for concerts. Jeans and a t shirt. Maybe throw in shorts instead (with tights in the spring or fall). Unless it's like Warped Tour. Then it's tank tops or athletic shirts (under armor!) and comfy shorts. And I always bring a bag, like a small back pack or an crossbody bag to keep my camera, phone, wallet, and merch in.

And sneakers. Sneakers all the time.

tarinalove
09-13-2011, 01:25 AM
local shows: whatever I feel like wearing. Chances are, I am gonna find a place to sit and chat with buddies.

Big ol concerts (alternative, pop, rock): leggings, boots or sneakers, maybe a cute dress instead, and always a hoodie. I do the leggings-long tank dress option a lot. Not much for jeans at these since it is annoying and not very movable.
I always have a bag.

Opera/theater performance with seats; something classic and elegant that reflects my age. a knee length dress and heels are apropriate.

StrawberrySiren
09-14-2011, 12:34 AM
Can I just say something? Why would you wear heels to an outdoor music festival? I was at Virgin Free Fest this weekend and there were some girls with the craziest heights of heels. We've had rain for a week straight prior to the show. Why would you think that's a good idea?

hajikee
09-14-2011, 07:16 PM
I went to SM Town Paris in shorts w/ leggings, a plain t-shirt and a red cardigan.

being comfortable is key, but it shouldn't matter what you wear.

i saw heaps of people wearing big bang merch to an sm town...... like, cool you have clothes from uniqlo (i have big bang shirts/jumpers from there too) but seriously... to sm town?

Pitermix
09-15-2011, 01:25 PM
I usually wear gorgeous dress for concerts.