What to Wear to a Rock Concert Over 40

March 2, 2020

So, as most of you know, I’ve been spending more time out and about at live music venues since my husband has been singing with a rock band.  It got me thinking that maybe some midlife babes could use a little guidance about what to wear for an evening of live local music or a big concert.  Dolls, I’ve got you covered with my tips for dressing for a rock concert over 40!



Before I get to my tips, always remember my first rule of fashion: what makes you feel fabulous is always the best thing to wear, no matter what anyone says, including me!

What to Wear

Jeans  – Every rocker chic chick needs a pair of fabulous jeans: boot cut, bell bottom, skinny jeans, blue or black.  Add some edge with rips and raw hems!



Shoes – You need shoes comfortable enough for dancing, but cool enough for your look.  I suggest booties, 2-3 inches high.  Black is classic choice and if it has studded details, even better!  A pair of snakeskin or croc effect boots will look cool and trendy too.



Tops – Band tees, sheer or lace blouse,with a cami,  (I’d pass on the low cut “Bitchin” tee that got your husband’s attention in 1985, but you know … that’s just me.)


Shop Band Tees


Shop Blouses


Jacket – A leather (or faux leather) moto jacket is always a go to.   I also love a velvet blazer for another cool look. Or take your outfit up  another level with a fun faux fur coat!


Skirts  – Personally I’d only do a mini if it wasn’t very mini, and probably only with tights.  But you do what makes you feel good.


Bag – Go with a small cross-body bag.  You know I’m a queen of the huge tote, but for a concert you really need something small, simple and hands-free.


Jewelry – Have fun with your jewelry!  The layered look that’s so hot right now is perfect with your rock n roll outfit.


Belt – Black leather with studs or grommets is always a great choice.


Scarf – You can always add a long skinny animal print scarf or something with a cool skull design (think Alexander McQueen).


Sunglasses – Add ROCK STAR sunnies for extra attitude! Of course this makes better sense outside in the daytime, but sometimes a diva doesn’t need the sun to wear her fav shades.


Hats – A floppy black felt hat or a newsboy cap can be a cute addition to your rock concert look.


Common Pitfalls

Mistake #1 – Wearing exactly what you would’ve worn to concert  … when you were 21 … in 1987.  Enough said, Ladies?!

Mistake #2 – Not enjoying the chance to dress a little differently than usual. Don’t just wear something that you’d wear to work or to the movies. Sure you could, but this is a chance to be playful and let a bit of your inner rocker come out and play. Step out of your comfort zone a bit …but …

Mistake #3 – Don’t take it to the extreme either!  Don’t wear something so unlike you that you look like you’re wearing a Halloween costume!


Okay, so those are my tips, Dolls. And remember again, you do you; that’s always the most important thing.  Have any other outfit ideas for us?  Share in the comments. And if you’re heading out to a concert anytime soon, take a pic and tag me on social so I can check you out!!



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Fun & Fashion,

Dawn Lucy


About the blog: Fashion Should Be Fun is ME talking to YOU, other middle-aged women who are over 40, but not over fashion.  We still want to look beautiful and stylish.  We still want to have fun with trends.  And we don’t need anyone giving us rules, because we’re all different. This is a place for me to share my love of fashion with you, including style ideas, tips, trends, and inspiration. I know how liking the way we look can translate into confidence and energy. I know we have so much life left to live and so much adventure ahead of us. Let’s show the world you’re never too old to have fun and be fierce


  • Reply Shelly March 6, 2020 at 9:02 am

    You are the cutest groupie ever!!!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 7, 2020 at 6:32 am

      HAHA … thanks! 😀

  • Reply Nancy March 6, 2020 at 10:18 am

    I’ve been a rocker all my life but I never wore rock outfits. Just don’t like jeans! But I do wear leather jackets and biker boots, but worth a black dress! Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday link up party

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 7, 2020 at 6:32 am

      Love the idea of the biker jacket and boots with a black dress. Thanks for the tip!! 😀

  • Reply HLJ July 1, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Thoughts on what to wear to a Summer outdoor concert?

    • Reply Dawn Lucy July 5, 2021 at 9:51 am

      How fun! During the day or evening? How hot do you think it will be? I’d probably go for a tee and jeans, some Converse sneakers, and a baseball cap for the daytime!

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