If you're headed to your first heavy metal concert, congratulations. You'll want to dress the part so you don't stand out as a newbie. Dig into your closet or visit your local used clothing store-to dress for a real metal show, you have to go retro.
Wear an authentic concert tee or don't wear a band on your chest at all. Plain tees are fine, but wannabe tees have no place at a concert. If you have a souvenir tee from any metal concert, go ahead and wear it. If the only concert tee you own is from Air Supply, leave the authentic tee at home.
Put on your oldest, dingiest and most ripped up pair of jeans. They must be genuinely old and worn; not a new pair sporting the used look. Metal heads know the difference. Make sure your old jeans fit, or put on a beat-up leather belt (You don't want to lose your drawers in a mosh pit). If your old concert jeans are too small, find a secondhand store and locate a new old pair.
Choose motorcycle boots or a beat-up pair of tennis shoes. Don't wear open-toed shoes, slip-on loafers or high heels. If you wear cowboy boots, you are just asking for trouble.
Complete the outfit with gelled, wet-look hair and accessory pieces such as leather wrist bands or a studded dog collar. Women should wear heavy eye makeup. Dark, defined eyes are a must, but use waterproof products. You'll sweat at the concert, and you don't want the makeup to run.
Tips & Warnings
- Watch current heavy metal band videos. Dress like the band members. Stay away from bright colors and loud patterns. When in doubt, go with jet black.
- Hair bands from the 80s are not the heavy metal of today. Think nose rings and tattoos and leave the feathers and big hair at home.
Why Do Your Ears Ring After a Concert?
So you went to a loud rock concert, had a great time, only to come home after the concert to an obnoxious,...
How to Dress Like an 80s Hair Metal Fan
Heavy metal of the 1980s is defined by gender bending front men, screeching guitars and piercing vocals. The style was all about...
How to Make a Heavy Metal Jean Jacket
If you want the total heavy metal look, a heavy metal jean jacket is essential. Heavy metal jean jackets are nothing more...
How to Dress as an 80s Groupie
Going to a rock concert in the 1980s was a "totally rad" experience. To fully appreciate the vibes, fans dressed up as...
How to Dress for a Rock Concert
Dressing for a rock concert is all about attitude, and when assembling a rock concert outfit, think black leather and denim. Express...
What to Wear to a Rock Concert
If you are going to a rock concert, there are two things that you'll need to take into consideration: fashion and function....